Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

James Spaulding

James Spaulding, has established his reputation as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances, and for many years was among the busier sidemen for Blue Note Records. An exceptional saxophonist and flutist, he is one of the many fine artists to come out James has worked with Sun Ra, Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, and more...of the Indianapolis, Indiana area. James is a modernist, with solid roots in classical jazz; his saxophone style is an extension of the Charlie Parker influence, but his overall concept incorporates much of the broad jazz saxophone heritage.

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. He has performed as a sideman and been recorded on over 100 recordings... See discography »

Read more

10 Photos

Albums

[no cover]
Down With It
Columbia
2006
buy
Round To It!
Round To It!
Speetones
2005
buy
[no cover]
Blues Nexus
Warner Bros. Records
1994
buy
[no cover]
Gotstabe A Better Way
Warner Bros. Records
1990
buy
[no cover]
Plays The Legacy Of...
Warner Bros. Records
1978
buy
[no cover]
Uhuru Sasa
Columbia
1970
buy

Similar

Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
reeds
Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
reeds
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Art Pepper Art Pepper
sax, alto
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin
sax, tenor
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano
Elvin Jones Elvin Jones
drums
Andrew Hill Andrew Hill
piano
Kenny Wheeler Kenny Wheeler
trumpet
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean
sax, alto

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.