Drawing from the cool jazz traditions of Chet Baker and the slamming swing of Count Basie & Frank Sinatra, James Delano's style is eclectic and captures the timelessness associated with the Great American Songbook and American music.
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Born May 26th, 1991, in White Plains, New York, James was inclined to start playing the piccolo recorder in Munich, Germany. Shortly after learning how to read music, James began playing saxophone in the 2nd grade. James was a member of the New York State ‐ All State Jazz Band. James performed regularly at Ossining High School where he was a member of the elite Woodwind Ensemble and played 1st alto sax and flute in the Jazz Big Band and Jazz Workshop ensembles. James also performed periodically in Westchester County and New York City with groups from the Lagond Music School where he studied and has taught privately starting in 2003.
At an early age, James was inspired by the playing of Phil Woods and Lenny Pickett to take up the saxophone and pursue the study and playing of Jazz. James studied saxophone, flute and clarinet privately with Jon Irabagon (winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition) and with Charlie Lagond at the Lagond Music School in Elmsford, New York.
During High School James was a regular attendee at the SUNY Summer Jazz Institute in Purchase, New York where he had the privilege of attending Master Classes led by Ralph Lalama and played alto sax in workshop ensembles led by Ralph as well as Doug Munro, Jon Gordon and Charles Blenzig.
In 2008 James attended the Summer Jazz Workshop at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where he had the opportunity to study with Dick Oatts, perform in Garry Dial’s workshop ensemble and play in the Workshop Big Band under the direction of Justin DiCioccio.
In college, at New York University, James had the distinct pleasure of working with musical masters, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Rich Perry, John Scofield, Wayne Krantz, to name a few. His time at NYU helped him hone his creativity and prowess as an artist.
James counts many saxophone legends as his influences and in his studies has produced transcriptions from the works of Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Freddie Hubbard. James says, “Transcribing is the best way to advance musically; You train your ear, your sound, your technique, your musical ideas, your knowledge of the history and language, your theory, your writing and your overall musicality, all in one singular task. It’s like taking a private lesson from a legend.”