Armed with a Bachelors degree in jazz voice from the Jazz Music Institute and influenced by the concept of queer identity in jazz (particularly that of jazz composers), James’ jazz renditions often involve shifting perspectives of some of standards into a queer context. Through this, James Interrogates and rejects heteronormative conventions and mores and ignites the desires underneath the received canon. From gentle and smooth ballads to hard-hitting, swing tunes, the vocal colours James displays in this work are truly unique
James’ most recent cabaret “Lush Life” has enjoyed a sold out-season and was heralded by Weekend Notes as being “Delivered with supreme eloquence…A jazz cabaret rich in empathy and emotion.”
James is available for private functions, weddings and public performances. Visit the contact page for more information.Some recorded examples of James’ jazz work are available below for streaming.