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J ames Spaulding, alto saxophonist/flutist was a favored sideman for Blue Note Records between 1962 and '68, and holds the unique distinction of performing on Blue Note LPs now considered classics. He can be heard as soloist on recordings with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Duke Pearson, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Stanley Turrentine and Hank Mobley. James has seven recordings as leader on the Muse and HighNote Records. In 2000, he recorded and produced under his own label, Speetones Music, a 2-volume set: Vol. 1, Blues Up & Over and Vol. 11, Round To It, recorded live at the Brooklyn Jazz Club, Up Over Jazz Café, owned by Robert Myers. Recently, James recorded live in Paris with the Pierre Christophe Trio, a CD entitled: Down With It, on the Futura & Marge label. Approaching his 70th birthday, James is performing in peak form, with no signs of slowing down - he's still blowing stronger than ever.

Spaulding's musical training started early, as he came from a musical family in his place of birth Indiana (his father was a professional musician who played the guitar and led his own big band, traveling throughout the country). James began playing a bugle when he was in grade school. He later took up the trumpet and saxophone on his own, and while in high school studied clarinet. He made his professional debut playing around Indianapolis with a rhythm "n" blues group.

From 1954 to 1957, Spaulding was in the army playing in service bands. When he was discharged, he settled in Chicago where he performed in clubs leading his own group, and had a stay with the Sun Ra Orchestra. He also furthered his flute studies there at the Chicago Cosmopolitan School of Music. In 1962, he arrived in New York City, and subsequently was associated with notables such as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach and the Ellington Orchestra. In 1975, he received a bachelor's degree in music from Livingston College in New Jersey where he taught flute as an adjunct professor. James' daughters, Gina and Yvonne Spaulding were on the cover of his very first recording: "The Legacy of Duke Ellington," recorded in 1975. Mr. Spaulding's range of performance experiences extends nationally and internationally, from the concert stage to jazz clubs to colleges and street fairs. His original music, a suite entitled "A Song of Courage," was performed by him with full orchestra and choir at the Voorhees Chapel at the Rutgers University campus from funds awarded him by the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a historically significant place in jazz reference books including, The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler; The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz by Brian Case and Stan Britt; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz edited by Barry Keinfeld, just to name a few. He has performed as a sideman and been recorded on over 100 recordings.


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James, with Don Braden, Joshua Redman, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter.


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When will hip hop and jazz really become acquainted?

Posted on March 1, 2008 at 4:21pm 2 Comments

Music has always been the impetus for powerful creative forces to surface. Just imagine two of the most soul stiring and emotional rhythms intertwining and creating magic - Jazz & Hip Hop! From Bird to JAY Z!

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At 2:41am on October 3, 2011, Kevin Davy said…

Hi there james. Trusting that you are well. please have a listen when you can. Regards, Kevin



At 12:45pm on March 26, 2009, Jeff Lofton said…
thx for the add beautiful music
At 3:41am on March 18, 2009, John Evans said…
James - Thanks so much for your friendship and for all the years of wonderful music that you've made.
Best regards,
At 10:28pm on March 17, 2009, Gary Harris said…
Hello James Spaulding
It is an honor to meet you here on The Jazz Network. I hope all is well with you and your family. I have always carried Isreal close to my heart since I was a kid. I would love to go back one day. I keep in contact with a lot of musicians from Isreal that live and play there on my My Space page. I will be more than honored to introduce you to some of them. They can give you some insite to the situation over there now. Let me know if you would like for me to arrange that for you. I hope to meet you in person one day and even better to be on the same stage with you. God bless you and your music.
At 6:37pm on February 17, 2009, Larry "Wild" Wrice said…
Hello James,
Just a good word to an old friend. Hope you and the family are in good health.
Love to see you soon.
Larry "Wild" Wrice
At 1:31am on November 23, 2008, BrainySkeeta said…

Hello My Peep♥
Just want to touch base with you.
I haven't visited you in a while & I've missed you.
Taking time now to wish you a Happy Holiday & Blessed Week ahead!
At 2:34pm on August 22, 2008, LANCE MARTIN said…
It is my honor.

At 7:56pm on August 19, 2008, David Lail said…
Just took a shower after a day of teaching school.....Listened to you playing TOM THUMB. It was like "Happy Music" recharging my soul. I love your playing on that...even after hundreds of times.LOL I'm sooooo glad you did that session.
Thanks Dave
At 10:35am on August 18, 2008, Tom Reyes said…
Hey, James

It is a real pleasure to have met you here in cyberspace. You can hear some samples of my original work at www.myspace.com/edwardplant and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/audiofix . I also have something on YouTube under the heading " baltimore best jazz band love craft ".


Tom Reyes
At 4:36pm on July 13, 2008, Paul B Bomar said…
Mr. Spaulding,

Your playing has always been fantastic. I've got several recordings featuring you and you shine on all of them. It's great to see you here.


















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