As an improvisor and composer, Davis is involved in a diverse blend of musical communities in the Chicago area. JamesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ diverse performance experience includes performances with the The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the UNT One OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Clock Lab Band, Chuchito Valdes, Rob PartonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jazz Tech Big Band, Alan GresikÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Swing Shift Orchestra, the Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Zing!, Jason Steele Ensemble, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Wind Symphony, Camerata Winds, and other jazz, classical and Latin music groups.
He is currently on faculty at Triton College in River Grove, IL as director of the Jazz Band. James holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2005 James was a touring member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, in which he was frequently featured as a soloist. James also toured as a member of the University of North Texas One OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock Lab Band and can be heard as a soloist on Lab 2004. In the summer of 2004 James was a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition, and in 2007 James was a finalist in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition. James recenty finished residencies held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program as well as the 2008 Seans Institute at the Ravinia Music Festival.