James Griffith is an award-winning Toronto-based saxophonist and composer, known for his passion and prowess in both contemporary and traditional jazz idioms. Hailing from Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, Griffith has rapidly made a name for himself in the jazz world through his involvement in numerous honor ensembles, national festivals, and workshops.
Griffith’s musical journey is marked by significant achievements and experiences. He has participated in prestigious groups such as the National Youth Band of Canada in 2018 and 2019, the FCMF National Music Festival in 2018 in Sackville, New Brunswick, the Youth Jazz Canada workshop in 2018, and the Conn Selmer Centerstage Band at Musicfest Nationals in 2019 in Ottawa. At MusicFest Nationals, Griffith was honored with the premier 2019 Yamaha “Music Makes Waves” Award, highlighting his exceptional talent and potential in the jazz genre.
Throughout his career, Griffith has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, Kelly Jefferson, Alex Dean, Neil Swainson, and Lorne Lofsky. His talent and versatility have also led him to perform with internationally acclaimed artists like Terri Lyne Carrington and Dayna Stephens. Griffith’s experience extends beyond performance, as he is deeply committed to his education and development as a musician. He is currently in his fourth year of the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College, where he studies privately with Kirk MacDonald and collaborates with many other esteemed instructors and musicians.
Griffith’s style and approach to jazz saxophone reflect a blend of traditional sensibilities with a keen ear for contemporary trends. His ability to meld these elements seamlessly has made him a notable figure on the Canadian jazz scene and a rising star in the saxophone community. His dedication to his craft, combined with his achievements and collaborations with prominent figures in jazz, position James Griffith as a saxophonist to watch in the evolving landscape of jazz music.
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