Roger James is a pianist,composer, and producer living in Northern Colorado.
Roger began playing professionally at age 17. His decades long career has included work with featured artists from a variety of genres, musical productions, and top performance venues.
He offers a wide variety of musical styles and he is equally at home playing solo piano or with all varieties of instrumental backup.
Colorado State University on Creative Arts scholarship, Received B.A in Music.
He has studied privately with world-renowned artists such as: Wendel Diebel (classical), Art Lande (jazz improvisation), Bill Douglas (world beat).
Played with "Statesmen", the nation's top collegiate jazz band.
Winner of the Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) award for composition.
- “Voyage” pieces for solo keyboards.
- "Solo Expressions" World piano
- "Jaz/Bluz Project" Ensemble originals also heard on NPR and the Colorado Playlist.
- "Improvise! Piano" Iconic pieces from a century of popular music, instrumentals and select vocal arrangements.
Area venues have included
-KHIH FM Smooth Jazz concert series Denver, CO
-Capitol Hill People’s Fair main stage Denver, CO
-Summerfest main stage Littleton, CO
-The Music District events Ft. Collins, CO
-Riverside Rhythms Concert Series, Estes Park, CO
Private Venues and Nightclubs including:
-Boulderado Hotel Boulder, CO House jazz trio
-Trios Wine Bar Boulder, CO
-Bear Creek Golf Club Denver, CO Solo/ duo jazz
-Cherry Hills Country Club Denver, CO Various ensembles
-Inverness Hotel Littleton, CO Solo Pianist
-Stanley Hotel Estes Park, CO Piano solo/ trio
Ft. Collins FORTITUDE 10k events- RJ trio
Other roles/ credits:
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Stagewest Theater "Beehive" 60s musical review- Multi-keyboardist
Boulder Dinner Theater, "A Chorus Line"- Master sound engineer, musical accompanist.
The Drifters, "Bowzer" of Shanana- Multi-Keyboardist
Celebrity Summit Caribbean Cruises, Multi-keyboardist/ orchestra musician.
Boulder Dinner Theater- Master sound engineer, musical accompanist.
GRP Record's "Jazz All-Stars"- Multi-event support/ technical consultation.
“The Roger James trio plays a variety of lively styles ranging from contemporary to traditional jazz influenced by South American and Brazilian.” Boulder Camera