James grew up in a musical household and started playing the trumpet at a young age. He attended the junior jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music before going on to study there full time for a degree in music. During his time at the Academy, he became a proud recipient of the Derek Watkins Award. Over the past few years, James has travelled the world playing with people like the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the ‘Riverdance’ company and Basement Jaxx. He has also performed with established bands like the BBC Big Band and the London Concert Orchestra in some of the top venues around the U.K.