About

A chameleon when it comes to music – James truly draws from many influences in his life: a hard-hitting street edge honed from his roots in Dorchester that enjoys skateboarding, basketball, car racing, and photography. His training from Berklee College of Music, 15 plus years straight of steady weekly nights performing in the legendary house bands at the world renown Wally’s Jazz Cafe,  and his 28 years of playing professionally provide him with the capability to not only write music but also blend in to any style of music and make it his own.

James started playing professionally at age 16, and despite a career threatening throat injury that took much of his 20′s from him, has forged his way onward to be one of Boston’s busiest and most versatile saxophonists. Along the way he has played with such names as Tommy Flanagan, Bill Watrous, Rick Margitza, Bob Mintzer, Jonathon Butler, and a list of local (and not so local) bands and musicians too long to mention.

Jim’s path in music has been straightforward but challenging – providing him with an inner strength and insight to emotion that permeates his music.  Currently James is writing material for a few new projects and recordings. Stay tuned.

Please check back to read more about upcoming performances and recordings.  Also visit James at MySpace (http://www NULL.myspace NULL.com/jamescalandrella), Facebook (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/#!/profile NULL.php?id=1052517046),  and watch
video clips on YouTube (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/user/jimcsax?blend=4&ob=0).

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