James Mainwaring is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his saxophone playing in Roller Trio, Tipping Point and as a session musician for Django Django. He also performs solo sax sets with effects pedals, is currently working on his debut song based record RIIB and is 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 then moved to Leeds to study jazz at Leeds College of Music where he is still based.

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

‘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)

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

‘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)

‘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)

‘edgy. earthy, bellicose tenor sax’ JazzMann