James Danderfer

"One of the best kept secrets in Canada,... a truly remarkable musician." (-Bill King, Jazz Preview, Jazz FM91.1)

Twice nominated in the National Jazz Awards, recording artist and composer James Danderfer has impressed audiences around the world with his warm sound and lyrical improvising style. With educational credits including Interlochen World Center For the Arts, Western Michigan University (B.Mus, Jazz Performance), and McGill University (M.Mus, Jazz Composition) James has performed and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in North America.

Danderfer's three most recent recordings on his own record label (Reigning Parade) are a testament to his musicality and eclectic tastes. From the sultry 1930s-style trio album 'Swingin' at the Patricia' (featuring James' "Jelly Roll Suite" commissioned by CBC Radio) to the powerful, 11-piece New Orleans brass band-inspired outing 'The Hummingbird Brigade' to his electro-jazz album 'City of Angles,' Danderfer's music is as exciting and varied as it is heartfelt.

Dedicated to music education, James has adjudicated and directed jazz ensembles, taught saxophone/clarinet/improv clinics internationally, and taught private lessons to students of all ages for nearly 15 years. As well as one-on-one private lessons, James also enjoys teaching "mini-ensemble" lessons to groups of two or three woodwind students at a time. While slightly less intensive, ensemble lessons incorporate the benefits of ensemble playing (tone, balance, rhythm, and intonation) with the personal attention of a private lesson.

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