James Bazen graduated under music studies at DePaul University in Chicago woodwind specialist, composer and producer Bazen moved to the D. C. area in 1985. During his career he has played clubs and concerts across the country including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
In 1990 he formed The James Bazen Quartet/Project. Since then it has gone through many incarnations and has performed at many of the area’s jazz clubs (Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, Cada Vez, 219, Fleetwoods), concerts (Taste of Bethesda, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Georgetown University) and private affairs. Today, JBQ performs regularly at Laporta’s in Alexandria and Extra Virgin in Arlington.
In 1993 JBQ (members then included drummer Steve Larrance, bassist Ward Harris, pianist Mark Cook and trumpeter Mike Davis) released its CD “Stranger Things” which features a potent mix of bebop and contemporary jazz. It debuted to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is still getting national air play.
A typical live performance will include not only originals but also jazz classics as well as unique interpretations of pop music of the 60’s, 70’s all the way through to what’s hot today.
James has also released 3 big band CD’s: “Tonight He’s Mine” 1997; “Merry Christmas Take One” 2000; and “The Wednesday Night Pizza Band” 2002. In 2006 Bazen’s Andrews Sisters Tribute band, USA Canteen, released “Swingin’ With The Sisters.”