Contemporary to Smoothjazz, Traditional Jazz/R&B/Popular Music, Classical
Writing/Arranging/Producing new music as well as collaborating with other artists/musicians, Traveling/Promoting/Performing my music
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
None in particular; I love them all
Berklee College of Music - Performance & Music Education (Boston MA), San Jose City College - Music Education (San Jose CA)
Working on 5th Solo project under Innervision Records, Released 3rd Single currently charting on Billboard/Smoothjazz.com/GrooveJazzMusic.com
Alvin King Trio 4/12/18 at The Library Coffee House (Hou), Alvin King Trio 4/19/18 at The Library Coffee House (Hou), Alvin King Trio 4/26/18 at The Library Coffee House (Hou), Dean James & Salio 5/21-26 Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), Dean James/Danny Kusz/Preston Smith 6/1/18 House of Blues (Hou), Dean James Band 7/18/18 Sambuca (Hou), Dean James Band - TBD - Jazz by The Lake (Beaumont TX), Dean James Band - TBD - St. James Live (Atlanta GA)
Performed with Artists within the Gospel arena from 1985 to present, Performed with R&B Artists from 1992 to present, Performed as National Recording Artist from 1995 to present, Traveled with the UniverSoul Circus Ensemble from 2000-2003, Stellar Awards with Yolanda Adams & Kirk Franklin 2000
Saxworks Productions 2005 to present; teaching children and musicians of all ages through sightreading & music theory; to guide & direct them to develop a strong/positive approach to playing the saxophone
Currently residing in Houston, TX, James was originally born & raised in San Francisco, having picked up the alto sax at the age of fifteen. Inspired by a long list of Traditional & Contemporary jazz artists, James became particularly motivated to master the horn and pursue his musical career.
Furthering his musical education, James attended the Berklee College of Music, where he studied both Jazz and Classical Music. After returning to the Bay Area, James became a sideman on the Gospel circuit for the late Daniebelle Hall, also performing with other artists such as Daryl Coley, and Rickey Grundy. After moving to Los Angeles in 1985, James’ popularity grew and he was in demand as a session player. James soon became a sideman for R&B artists such as Vesta, Cherelle, and Miki Howard & Gary Taylor. James was then signed to Ichiban/Brajo records as a solo artist in 1995. James’ notoriety as a band leader allowed him to share the stage with Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Peter White, Bobby Lyle, Joe Sample, and Bob Baldwin along with many others.
After the release of "Can We Talk" (1995) and "Intimacy" (1997), James became a regular on the Los Angeles music circuit, performing at jazz clubs such as the Baked Potato. James’ festival resume includes the Glenn Ellen Newport Beach Jazz Festival, KSBR Jazz Festival, San Diego Jazz Festival, San Antonio Jazz & Art Festival, UCLA Jazz Festival, Taste of L.A. & the Rising Star concerts in San Diego. James also toured with the Universe Soul Circus orchestra from 2000-2002. Television appearances include the Stephanie Miller Show, BET's Jazz Central, Good Morning Atlanta, Talk of the Town (Nashville), The 2000 Stellar Music Awards as a sideman for Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Lee Williams & the Gospel QC's, and the Japanese syndicated program hosted by Keiko Matsui featured with Smooth Jazz guitarist Peter White. James has also made several appearances on the Houston based television show, Great Day Houston as well as numerous appearances at Jazz Festivals across Texas and abroad.