James graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2007, studying saxophone performance under the guidance of Alistair Parnell, along with composition, jazz fusion and Argentinian tango. He was awarded his FRSM in Saxophone Performance in 2007, presenting a contrast of the classical French and postmodern British schools of saxophone repertoire. He has performed with Equinox Saxophone Ensemble, the Barnes Quartet, as well as with chamber jazz, wind and saxophone groups, and symphony and wind orchestras.
In 2007, his Arcadia for wind orchestra was premièred in Nottingham. He has also written many new works for saxophone ensemble, quartet and solo, as well as arrangements from Bach fugues to Gershwin preludes, Scriabin studies to Mussorgsky's mammoth Pictures at an Exhibition.
James's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: