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Matthew James

Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies

576 Glidden Hall
(740) 593-0957

Matthew James

Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies

Ohio University Saxophone Studio:

Matthew James is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies and Associate Director of the School of Music at Ohio University.  A native of Northbrook, Illinois, he holds undergraduate degrees in music and journalism from Northern Illinois University, and the M.M. and D.M.A. in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas, where he was a teaching fellow and lead alto saxophonist with the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band. He was the recipient of the 2008 Ohio University School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award.

As a classical saxophonist, James has performed at national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. His activities have included presentations at Ohio Music Education Association state conferences, and recitals and masterclasses at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina), Conservatorio Nacional de Musica (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the University of Bergen (Bergen, Norway). He has served on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo prior to joining the Ohio University faculty. He is also a member of the touring chamber ensemble UpBeat Brass, which commissions and performs works in a variety of styles.  

As a jazz artist, James performed as lead alto saxophonist for 1-1/2 years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, touring the U.S., Canada, Japan and South America and appearing often on radio and television. James also performed as lead alto saxophonist with the Phil Collins Big Band, which in 1998 toured 26 cities in the U.S. and Europe, including jazz festivals in Montreux, Nice, The Hague, Milan, Copenhagen, and Pori, Finland, and performances in Carnegie Hall. A live CD of the ensemble, A Hot Night in Paris, is available on Atlantic Records. His freelance work has included performances with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Mel Torme, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, Donna Summer, The Four Tops, Rosemary Clooney, Jim Nabors, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Four Freshmen, Toledo Symphony, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., the Ohio Valley Symphony, and many others. James is a member of the Jazztet, Jazz Spoken Here, and frequently performs with Columbus, Ohio-based ensembles, the New Remnants Jazz Orchestra and the Famous Jazz Orchestra.

He has studied saxophone with Stephen Duke and James Riggs.  


Click for audio of Matthew James performing exerpts of Night Vision by Ohio University faculty composer Dr. Mark Phillips. Alejandro Cremaschi is pianist.

Night Vision, mvt. I excerpt

Night Vision, mvt. II excerpt

Night Vision, mvt. III excerpt


Educational Background:

DMA, University of North Texas; MM, University of North Texas; BA Music, Northern Illinois University; BA Journalism, Northern Illinois University

Classes Being Taught:

Jazz Ensemble I, Applied Saxophone, Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Pedagogy, Saxophone Repertoire

Lab Space:

576 Glidden Hall