Born: October 14, 1963
Pianist, keyboardist and composer James Carney is an improviser who draws inspiration from many different sources of music, and he has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of great musicians and artists throughout his career. [Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, Michael Cain, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Tim Berne, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose among many others.]
Carney was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and in late 2004, he moved from Los Angeles, his home of eighteen years, to New York City.
James Carney has cultivated a reputation for developing an original, polystylistic approach to making music - a philosophy that respects and explores both tradition and the avant-garde. He has recorded five albums as a leader - his last two for the Songlines label. Green-Wood (Songlines 1566) was released in 2007 to wide acclaim, and Ways & Means (Songlines 1580) will be released in July 2009. The septet he leads on both recordings, also known as the James Carney Group, features some of New York’s most creative and in-demand musicians: trumpeter Ralph Alessi, tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, trombonist Josh Roseman, saxophonist Peter Epstein, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer Mark Ferber....
Awards2009 Chamber Music America/ASCAP "Adventurous Programming" Award; 2008 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke "New Works" Commission Award; 2004 Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum; 2002 L.A. Weekly "Best Jazz Artist" Award; 2000 California Arts Council Fellowship in composition; 1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Award
Ways & MeansSonglines Recordings
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