James Renford



"...he was just eight he picked up the recorder and the mouth organ..."

James Renford

An English born Jamaican is an internationally acclaimed musician.  When he was just eight he picked up the recorder and the mouth organ, however his musical career began at school when his teacher recognised his musical talent. It was stated in his school report that he should pursue that avenue. At the age of sixteen he had bought himself a guitar, but he later decided it wasn't for him and then became a dancer, sound engineer and electrical technician in his brothers band.

After completing a three-year course in mechanical engineering at his local college James left with a distinction. At the age of 21 James went on to pursue his musical career as a saxophonist in the aid of joining his brother's band that later broke up. James then continued with his studies under the guidance of Mr Jonathan Johnson a classical trumpet player, who took him through his grades, theory and practical through the Royal School of Music Association at Aston University.

James then joined his first R'n'B band called The Biby James Band as a bandleader. In this band James was known for his demonstrative impulsive adaptability and unique artistic expression. He then went on to work with the number one chart-topping band Musical Youth as a bandleader for the brass section. He then went on to record on Pato Banton's first album Never give In and many more that followed, including the title album Stay Positive co-produced and written with Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution band.

In 1988 James began his first U.S tour with Pato Banton.  In between working with Pato In 1992 he also joined the Basement Jazz Big Band playing lead saxophone. This band was the extension of the former Handy Hamilton big band and this is where James acquired his Jazz techniques. James has also performed as a front man with his own band called the Diplomats title album by The Diplomats featuring some of the top U.K session players.

"...his musical career began at school when his teacher recognised his musical talent".

He also CO-produced and wrote the title track 6 a.m. a slow melodic ballad. He has also worked and recorded with such artists as Ruby Turner, Steel Pulse, Beres Hammond, Tippa Irie, Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Motown artist Edwin Starr, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson. He appeared as guest soloist playing live with The Orignal Wailers, playing saxophone on the title track Iron Lion Zion and also played live with Maxi Priest's title track Wild World.

James also performed as lead Sax player in 1997 on the Lovers Tour with Alexander O'Neil and Sherewell. A native of Birmingham in the U.K also home to UB40 and Steel Pulse, James' versatility ranges from producing, arranging and song writing. He is expanding his extra ordinary talent into other areas.

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