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James Mainwaring sax tenor soprano
James Mainwaring is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his saxophone playing in the Mercury Prize Nominated Roller Trio, Tipping Point and Django Django. He also performs solo sax sets with effects pedals, fronts alternative band RIIB and is part-time a PhD student at the University of York – recipient of the Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship.

Mainwaring was born in 1989 in Warrington. He sang in rock bands and joined Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra before moving to Leeds to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he is still based.

Performing with his projects and as a side man for Django Django, Sean Foran, Space Fight and many more he has appeared across the UK and Ireland, Europe, Russia and Africa at major venues and festivals, on the radio and on TV.

As a saxophonist James endorses Rico Reeds (d’addario woodwinds) and AMT microphones and his projects have been funded by PRSF, Help Musicians UK, Jazz North, Jazz Services, Arts Council and Serious.

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‘Saxophonist James Mainwaring is a resourceful exponent of John Zornian squealings, growling split-note sounds and almost-romantic tenor rumination…’ John Fordham (Guardian)

‘Beautiful tone’ Ivan Hewett (The Telegraph)

‘Awesome sax skronk skills” Lauren Laverne (Channel 4, BBC)

‘James Mainwaring’s tenor saxophone playing is hands down the most impressive and challenging I’ve witnessed in the last few years, and the blasts that drive the opener forward were thrilling…..otherworldly.’ Clive Paris Rozario (AAA Music)

‘Very interesting and totally engaging pieces… terrific, some of the best sax playing I’ve ever heard… extraordinary virtuosity.’ Roger Marsh (composer)

‘true mastery… At times producing the subtlest sounds whilst at others showing the strength of the instrument.’ Scott Ronan (What Culture)

‘edgy. earthy, bellicose tenor sax’ JazzMann

‘Original material and wonderfully deconstructed jazz standards…. re-affirmed Mainwaring as a major new voice in British jazz.’ Lance (Bebop Spoken Here)