Even before moving to New York City in 2013, pianist James Francies had generated a well-deserved buzz in the jazz arena. He is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) President’s Youth Award, DownBeat Magazine awarded him twice for Composition and Jazz Arrangement, his band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion, and he performed at Monterey Jazz Festival. Since he’s been in NYC, James has toured internationally with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Dave and Drumhedz, joined Stefon Harris’s band Sonic Creed, and fronts his own band, Kinetic.
Francies’ performance credits include Bobby Watson, Joe Lovano, Houston Person, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and Terrell Stafford among others. He has been a member of the Grammy Jazz Session Combo, The Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star Jazz Sextet, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and the Texas Music Educators Association’s All-State Jazz Ensemble. He has performed at some of the premiere venues around the country including Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center and The Jazz Standard (NYC). Francies currently attends the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on full-scholarship.