James Addis

James Addis is a dynamic up-and-coming jazz pianist who regularly appears solo, with his own trio, and as a sideman in various projects. Since first becoming interested in jazz at the age of 9 after seeing the Esbjörn Svensson Trio perform live, James’s love for the music has only intensified, and he has developed a strong personal voice, inventiveness and sophistication which makes his performances, arrangements and original compositions uniquely identifiable. What truly sets James apart is his “big sound”, engaging and exciting the audience in the bluesy tradition of Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, and Gene Harris.

James has played at Koerner Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Mod Club, Walter Hall and many other venues across Ontario. He is honoured to have performed with masters such as Barry Elmes, Aura Rully, and Tyler Yarema. A student at York University, James has studied with greats like Michael Occhipinti, Frank Falco, Mark Eisenman, and Jeff Hamilton, and was chosen to play with York Jazz Artists-In-Residence Chris Potter and Dennis Mackrel. He was thrilled to be featured at the 2018 Toronto Duke Ellington Society Gala Concert and to be selected for the inaugural 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival Jazz Musician Intensive. James is honoured to have been awarded several music scholarships, including the York University Oscar Peterson Scholarship MTCU.

You can listen to James’s music on Soundcloud.

James’s Jazzology Playlist:

  • “Spunky Sprawl” – Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund & Magnus Öström (2002)
  • “Hymn To Freedom” – Gerald Clayton from Live at Koerner Hall: Oscar@90. (2015)
  • “Buhaina, Buhaina” – Ray Brown Trio (1990)
  • “Hammer Time” – James Addis Trio (2018)

James’s episode of Jazzology airs on October 25 2018 and will be rebroadcast March 14 2019. 

Jazzology with Heather Bambrick airs every Thursday at 9PM.