Swing Into Christmas 2018
After a highly-successful launch in 2017 (described by London Jazz News as "the perfect blend of hip and nostalgia... a Christmassy triumph", James' Christmas Big Band spectacular returned with a run of 5 shows, taking in Crouch End, Leytonstone and Walthamstow. Culminating in a rousing singalong performance at Mirth, Marvel and Maud, a charity raffle on the final day also raised over £500 for local food bank Eat or Heat.
Ollie Lepage Dean's Mode9 Tours Nanjing Province, China
After a year of moving from strength to strength, including selling-out the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, in February, Mode9 was invited to tour Nanjing Province, China as a featured artist in the 2019 Nanjing Jazz Festival. The band performed 12 shows in 11 cities, taking in cultural centres, universities and even a water park!
Wilderness Festival 2018
5 August 2018
James was once more a member of the Wilderness Festival Orchestra, which this year debuted a new concept show - God's Own Jukebox - as well as a triumphant return of 2016's children's show. As in previous years, James contributed several arrangements as well as playing, and featured as flugelhorn soloist alongside Joel Culpepper's rendition of Sam Cooke's civil rights anthem A Change Is Gonna Come.
Jambone perform's James' suite Jambone Set at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival
8 April 2019
James was at the Sage Gateshead today, conducting their youth jazz ensemble Jambone in the debut performance of his PRS Foundation-commissioned piece Jambone Set, specially written for the band as part of James 2017/18 composer-in-residence role. The band also performed his piece Manhattan and pieces by Issie Barratt and Paul Edis.
James Brady wins the Eddie Harvey Award for Jazz Arranging
25 January 2018
Today, the Big Band of the Royal Academy of Music performed James' arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's evocative jazz ballad Lush Life in the Duke's Hall to an audience of special industry guests and members of the public. The band, led by Professor of Jazz Composition Pete Churchill, gave a moving rendition of the piece, alongside compositions by RAM students and the winner of the 2018 Dankworth Prize. James was on hand to receive his prize from Leslie East, chair of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.