Reuben James was raised in his home town of Birmingham on an eclectic mix of music including jazz, gospel, neo soul, hip hop, RnB and classical music. From a young age he would regularly attend workshops and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he quickly began focusing almost exclusively on jazz. From there he performed in and around the Midlands with the support and exposure from projects born of jazz legend Andy Hamilton and promoters, Jazzlines. He soon went on to perform at numerous international jazz festivals including San Sebastian, Jaen, Mostly, and Valladolid. James has also played with artists such as soul sensation Avery Sunshine, blues artist Aynsley Lister and more recently pop vocalists Sam Smith and Laura Mvula.
At such a young age, Reuben James has already demonstrated he is an exceptional pianist performing with the late, great New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson as well as Birmingham’s Jazzlines Quartet, in an impressive support slot for the legendary jazz saxophonist, Wayne Shorter. His ambition is simple, to bring a new flavour of jazz to the UK scene.
"Fast becoming Britain's best young jazz pianist" - The Times
“Mature-beyond-his-years” - The Financial TImes
“A star in the making” - Jazzman
“Immensely gifted” - Express & Star
Reuben James - keyboard
Ferg Ireland - double bass
Ed Richardson - drums
Photo Credit: Benjamin Amure