James Sedge is a director and drum teacher at MusicStation. He has set up the new state of the art music teaching facility with Julie Parker.
James is a qualified teacher who has worked for the University of Kent, specialising in drums, music history and rehearsal skills. He co-wrote a music degree with Julie Parker, the ‘BA Hons in Popular Music Performance’. The degree was an enormous success, with a very high percentage of First Class Honours students. Most of the graduates have gone on to work in the music industry and music education. He has also run Further Education courses in Popular Music since 1999.
James has been teaching drums and percussion in London and Kent since 1991 and has trained many of the drum teachers currently working in the Southeast. He is regarded as one of the leading drum teachers in the area and is happy to teach from beginners up to professional drummers who want to expand their vocabulary or work on technique. Drum students can either work on a bespoke syllabus that suits their taste and specific needs, or study for grade exams (James has a 100% pass rate and has helped many students to achieve their grade 8). James will share his expertise from 25 years of playing, touring, recording etc.
James is currently working as a consultant for Trinity Rock & Pop for their new graded exam syllabus coming out in 2017. In 2015 he wrote the syllabus and led the teaching team for the Trinity Education Zone at the London Drum Show.
James is a Vic Firth endorser.
Drum solo from the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Canada, 2013.
James jamming with the other MusicStation tutors
James currently plays drums for Matt Berry and the Maypoles. Matt Berry is actor/ comedian who has stared in shows such as the BAFTA winning ‘Toast of London’ ‘The Mighty Boosh’, ‘Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place’, ‘The IT Crowd’, and Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s latest sitcom ‘House of Fools’. James has regularly toured with Matt Berry to support albums such as ‘Opium’, ‘Witchazel’, ‘Kill The Wolf’ and ‘The Small Hours’.
James has played drums on the album ‘Kill The Wolf’ (Acid Jazz 2013) and the new album ‘The Small Hours’.
‘One by One’ from ‘The Small Hours’
‘Night Terrors’ from ‘The Small Hours’
James appeared live on Channel 4 to play the theme to ‘Toast of London’ with Matt Berry and contributed to the program’s soundtrack.
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) December 9, 2015
James has also played for David Migden & the Twisted Roots who are an exciting electric five piece, performing unique original material in a genre-busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots.
The band released their first album ‘Second Hand Tattoo’ (as the Dirty Words) in 2007
Gigs across London and the Southeast followed at venues such as The Jazz Cafe, Dean Street Pizza Express, Ronnie Scott’s, the Borderline, and the American Embassy.
‘Killing It’, the band’s second album was released in August 2012 to an amazing critical reception. The band’s reputation has been growing with radio play across the UK, Europe and the US. They won the prestigious New Brunswick ‘Battle of the Blues’ and appeared at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Canada in Sept 2013, receiving great critical acclaim.
The band have received two more awards from Blues Matters magazine, Best Band and Best Newcomers’. In April 2014 they represented the UK at The European Blues Challenge in Riga, Latvia where they came third.
The band released their third album ‘Animal & Man’ in March 2014
Web Site – http://www.davidmigden.com
James has played drums in the innovative National Theatre show “The Drowned Man”.
James is playing drums on Goldie Reed‘s new album ‘As I Am’ and her new EP
James also plays in a New Orleans style funk band called ‘Big Easy Funk’ with many of the other MusicStation tutors.
‘Such a Night’, Dr. John –
‘Tell Me How Do You Feel’, James Booker –
‘St James Infirmary’ –
Another current band is ‘Ish’ who James formed with the guitar virtuoso Paul Malsom. The band focuses on live instrumental jazz, funk improvisation.
D’you do Voodoo:
paul malsom ish quartet – (d’you do) voodoo 1920×1080 from Three Little Pixels on Vimeo.
Progressive Rock band ‘Entangled’
James’ first major gig was the touring West End production, ‘The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers’. It was a British and European tour for one year including many major venues. This tour led to TV and radio appearances including The Big Breakfast (Channel 4) and Good Morning Britain.
James then went on to do freelance live and studio work with many London based original bands. He also started playing in some of London’s top function bands, appearing regularly at venues such as the Savoy, the Ritz, the Grosvenor House Hotel etc.
James’ next gig was playing percussion and acting in the show ‘Amsterdam’, starring Peter Straker at the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street. It was a show dedicated to the life and music of Jacques Brel. It was well received getting many good reviews in The Stage and The Evening Standard. The show was so successful it transferred to the Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival (1999). The show was re-written and directed by the filmmaker and comedian Mel Smith. More excellent reviews followed.
The next project was the Honeyriders band. The band also featured Joe Gibson and Alex Hutchings on guitar. The Honeyriders band appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 Club, and the Cannes Film Festival. Terry Wogan championed the band and played their first single ‘Colour’ regularly on his radio show. The band won the best newcomer award at the Marlborough Jazz Festival, and their debut album ‘Honeyriders’ (Universal Jazz) was produced by Ian Shaw.
Some testimonials for James:
“I covered many genres with James ranging all the way from punk and reggae right the way through to progressive rock and the music of New Orleans. I feel my drumming ability and technique improved dramatically when James taught me. I was provided with interesting and challenging material to learn which was always taught to the highest standards.”
‘James’ infectious enthusiasm for teaching and performing music helped me get the best degree result I could, and has inspired me to continue studying at the postgraduate level.’
‘An impeccable standard of teaching; which has played an integral part in my musical development’