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James Westfall

Born in Houston, Texas, Westfall began his musical journey taking up the violin at age 6. At 14 and after several years studying classical piano and percussion, his grandfather restored an old vibraphone as a present to his grandson. It was then that he began to embark a lifelong goal of making music. While attending a specialized fine arts high school, he was able perform for such great artists as Dr. Billy Taylor and Wynton Marsalis. In addition to his jazz performances, he also experienced performing in other genres of music with artists such as Shania Twain and the Houston Symphony. Westfall soon became the recipient of numerous composition and performance scholarship awards from around the country, and decided to further his career in New Orleans, accepting a full scholarship to the University of New Orleans.

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”Westfall's style is distinct and uplifting...incorporating elements of rock and hip-hop”. - Forest Dylan Bryant JazzTimes

”With all of the clone-like music in today’s jazz environment, it is nice to hear fresh and developing recordings like Independent”. - Mark F. Turner All About Jazz

“Independent proves that this band of musical mavericks has indeed arrived and is here to stay”. - Geraldine Wyckoff Offbeat

“His composition chops appear to float atop a deep well, and we can look forward to his next journey. “ - Andrea Canter The Jazz Police

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