James Davis is a trumpet player and composer in Chicago, IL.
James Davis began playing the trumpet at age 11. He showed great interest in music
throughout his early years of development, eventually participating in the Texas All-State
Jazz Ensemble his last two years of high school. James continued his musical endeavors at
the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing a Batchelor of Music Degree and
experiencing a wealth of diverse performance opportunities. He continued his education
at the University of North Texas receiving a Master of Music degree in trumpet
performance. At UNT, James had the opportunity to tour and record with some of the
nation’s finest young musicians in the Grammy nominated One O’clock Lab Band and the
UNT Wind Symphony. Among other recognitions throughout his college career, in the
summer of 2004 James was a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz
Competition held in Denver, Colorado and a finalist in the 2007 Carmine Caruso
International Jazz Trumpet Competition held in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2004 James moved to Chicago, and has continued his musical growth as an active
performer, composer and educator in the Chicago area. In addition to leading his own
quintet and co-leading Zing!, James also performs regularly with the Tomorrow Music
Orchestra, the Stone-Bratt Big Band, the Jason Steele Ensemble, and the Ian Torrez Big
Band. He is currently on faculty at Triton College in River Grove, IL, and on staff at local
high schools in the Chicago-land area as a private instructor. In 2005 James was a touring
member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, in which he was frequently featured as a soloist.
James’ diverse performance experience includes performances with the Chuchito Valdes
Latin Jazz Quintet, Rob Parton’s Jazztech Big Band, Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra,
the Naperville Chorus, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Wind Symphony,
and other jazz, classical and Latin music groups.