Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, clarinet and guitar.
About James Cox
Where do I start? I guess I have been a musical journeyman for most of my life.
My love of music, in particular, jazz and blues began, according to my grandmother, when I was four, when, on a toy harmonica, I started trying to figure out the riff to “Layla” by Eric Clapton!!!
The musical “punch in the head” moment came when I sneaked into a Don Burrows concert in Castlemaine aged twelve. At 16, I saw one of my key influences in rock and roll, Clarence Clemmons with the Bruce Springsteen band in 1984-5.
That was it. Music, saxophone, and then life became the order of events.
In the late eighties, I, like many of regional musician friends, took the plunge and hit the “big smoke”, downtown Melbourne.
Well, this is where fun, heartbreak, madness, soul, passion and just general chaos ensued
I was extremely fortunate to perform with some amazing musicians in the Melbourne Blues, Jazz and Ska scene.
For example: Boogie Two Shoes, Dutch Tilders, Fred Negro (Fuck, Fucks, Shonky Tonks), Steve Sedergreen, Curfew Breakers, Fulltronics, The Jump Devils etc.
Back in Central Victoria I am playing, teaching and generally getting myself back into an amazing scene of great and seriously creative people.
I joined the powerhouse that is Black and Blue in 2012 and have been belting out the blues with them for the past 2 years in both regional Victoria and Melbourne.
In Central Victoria, I work with the band “Suitcase Full of Blues” and we have been rehearsing like crazy and getting gigs in the region.
I hope people reading this will be given a snapshot of a person, for whom, music is and always will be a passion.
Please feel free to click on the various links I have to many other musicians whose journeys I have shared, and I hope that whoever is reading this is happy to share their music with myself and anyone reading this page.
Yours in music,