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James Danderfer

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

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, jazz clarinetist/composer James Danderfer has been traveling, studying and performing around the world since the age of 16. His travels first began when he was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen World Center For The Arts high school (USA) to study with renowned clarinetist Richard Hawkins. James attended the University of North Texas and later received a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Western Michigan University where he was a featured soloist and composer in both concerts and recordings

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“I've found Danderfer's (Accelerated Development) disc yielding more pleasures and prompting more insights with repeated listenings. It's consistently full of strong, provocative compositions and hearty improvising. I like too that its allusions to China are more a matter of imagination than classical or stereotypical. … (James) is being true to the Shanghai he experienced, conveying a newcomer's sense of wonder and urgency, track after track, … this music is spirited and deeply resonant.” - Peter Hum (

“Accelerated Development is a daring, poignant jazz album depicting life in modern day Shanghai

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