Born: April 21, 1969 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
1990-1996: Performed with popular jazz band, Black Note. Performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in major clubs and jazz festivals. Recording artist for Columbia and GRP/ Impulse!
1996-2001: Performed regularly in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachussetts, Montreal and Toronto with various music groups. Performed with popular New York- based soul/ funk band, Mothersfavoritechild and R&B band The Chesterfields.
2001-Present: Freelancing musician/ instructor in Tokyo. Performed with Michael Wolff, Jon B. Williams, Ali Jackson, Calvin Edwards, Cecil Monroe, Jimmie Smith, Anthony Wonsey, Scotty Wright, Angela Stribling, Yoshiko Saita, Bison Katayama, Mike Price, Kankawa, Greg Bandy, Kan Fuji, Kozue Saito, etc.
Alfie, B Flat, Birdland, Body and Soul, CEATEC Electronics Show Makuhari Messe, Fish Bank Tokyo, Grand Hyatt Roppongi (Maduro Room), Landmark Tower, Nobu, Jazz Is, Jazz Spot J, Luxor, The Quarterhouse, Shinjuku Park Hyatt (New York Bar), Sonoka, Sweet Basil, Tokyu Bunkamura, Tokyo Tower, XEX Atago Hills, XEX Daikanyama, Yokohama Jazz Festival, etc.
43rd and Degnan, Black Note, World Stage Records 1991. Marcus Shelby- Leader/ Bass, Willie Jones- Drums, Richard Grant- Trumpet, Ark Sano- Piano, James Mahone- Alto Sax
Jungle Music, Black Note, Columbia Records 1994. Marcus Shelby- Leader/ Bass, Willie Jones- Drums, Gilbert Castellanos- Trumpet, Ark Sano- Piano, Phil Vieux- Tenor Sax, James Mahone- Alto Sax
L.A. Underground, Black Note, Red Records 1994. Same personnel as above.
Nothing but the Swing, Black Note, GRP/ Impulse Records 1996. Same personnel as above except Phil Vieux. Guest artists: Nicholas Payton, Teodross Avery, Greg Kurstin
Back To The Basics, Various Artists, GRP/ Impulse Records 1996.
53 W. 19th St., Matt Otto, BigAs Records 1996. Matt Otto- Leader
Ace In The Hole, Harold Acey, Life Force Records 1996. Harold Acey- Leader/ Drums, Dawan Muhammad- Tenor Sax, Greg Kurstin, Kevin Toney- Piano, Jesse Murphy, James Leary- Bass, Ron Stout- Trumpet, James Mahone- Alto Sax
Consider The Source, Dawan Muhammad, Life Force Records 1996. Dawan Muhammad- Tenor Sax/ Leader. Same personnel as above.
The Nowtet, Richie DeBonis, NOWmusic 1998. Richie DeBonis- Drums/Leader
Unified Quest, Unified Quest, 1999. Tomas Fujiwara- Drums/Leader, Chris Pistorino- Bass, James Mahone- Alto Sax
Straight Swinging, Willie Jones III, WEJIII Records 2000. Willie Jones- Leader/ Drums, Eric Reed- Piano, Gerald Cannon- Bass, Sherman Irby- Alto Sax, James Mahone- Alto Sax
The Bootleg, Mothersfavoritechild, PMT Records 2001. Paris Mark Toon- Leader/ Producer
Henry St. Soul, The Chesterfields, 2002. Scott Sherrard/ Sean Dixon- Leaders
Whisper Not, The Kan Fuji Quintet, 2005. Kan Fuji- Leader/ Vibraphone
Midtown Sunset/ Jazzantiqua, Marcus Shelby, 2006. Marcus Shelby- Leader/ Bass
Reminiscence Miles, Kankawa, 2007. Kankawa- Leader/ Keyboards
Tiger!, Tiger Onitsuka, 2008. Tiger Onitsuka- Leader/ Drums
Present: Private woodwind instructor
1998-2001: Resident woodwind instructor at Sunny Music Studios, NY
1987-1990: California State University at Northridge (Music Performance)
1996-1997: New School for Social Research (Music Performance) Studied under Bill Calkins, Billy Higgins, Billy Harper, Sam Sanders, Jeff Clayton, Gary Dial and Bill Fielder