"James is like Miles Davis, always in motion, always headed toward the truth."  - George Thomas

about james

The eldest of eight children to Irish Catholic dairy farmers, James grew up in Duxbury, VT where his mother was also a music teacher and choir director. Having worked hard on the farm and graduating from high school two years early, James entered into the maelstrom of 1970's jazz. 

As a trombonist, he has worked with some of the masters:  Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Jaki Byard, Karl Berger, Peter Apfelbaum, and many more.

James lives in Burlington, VT playing drums & piano as well as writing. He's recently finished his first book.

"I am a pretty happy person for an impoverished lunatic."

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