When it comes to one of the most distinctive sounds in what we call today’s smooth jazz genre, Dean James comes to mind front and center. The sultry, soulful and smooth sound of his alto and soprano sax continues to leave a lasting impression for his most devoted listeners.
With James’ 5th CD “GroovySax“ in the making, along with his soon to be released single entitled “DJ’s Groove.” James is sure to reach the masses drawing his audience closer while guaranteed to pull at their heartstrings.
Born and raised in the City by the Bay, at the age of 15, James developed his love for music, listening to musicians who graced the radio well before smooth jazz came to existence. Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws and David Sanborn played an intricate part in James approach to contemporary jazz but was also influenced by musicians such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
Pursuing his passion for music, James attended the Berklee College of music to further his music education where he received his formal training as well as jazz & classical studies. After attending Berklee, James moved to Los Angeles in hopes of contributing his talents as a sideman and becoming a part of the music community. James has performed with numerous artists within the Gospel and R&B arena before coming into his own, signing with Ichiban Records as a solo artist. James is known for his hit single “Market Street,” which is currently celebrating 20 years on the smooth jazz airwaves.
The single “DJ’s Groove” delivers an intense, in-your-face, up-tempo groove that keeps you mesmerized from beginning to end with James displaying his ability to take control of the melody.
“GroovySax” is a compilation of arrangements with many different elements including jazz, R&B, Latin-jazz and funk. All written, arranged and produced by Dean James, with the exception of multi-talented musician Cory James in the driver’s seat producing the first single of this long-awaited CD.
We proudly present to you Innervision recording artist and saxophonist Dean James.