James Chapman - WAAPA Jazz Graduation Recital
Monday 08 November 8.00pm
As a performer and teacher, Perth-born James Chapman is well-versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. Predominantly a jazz trumpeter, he is currently completing his fourth year of study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
James has been an avid member of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) since 2015, and was awarded the WAYJO/WAAPA Young Artist Scholarship in 2017 to receive ensemble tuition with Jamie Oehlers. James has performed with internationally renowned artists; Kate Cebrano, Troy Roberts, Matt Jodrell, Julian Arguelles, Dick Oatts, Linda May Han Oh, Sam Anning, Fabian Almazan and Katie Noonan to name a few.
Whilst already teaching close to a dozen private trumpet students, James, like his trumpet teacher Ricki Malet (since 2015), is pursuing a freelance career. He has performed the music of Kenny Wheeler: A Long Time Ago, organised by Mace Francis, features on two of Daniel Susnjar’s Afro-Peruvian live recordings entitled “The Recipe” and “Peruano Canta”, played in the orchestra pit for four WAAPA musical productions and regularly plays in recognised ensembles such as; The Perth Cabaret Collective, Straight Ahead Big Band, The Steve Hensby Band, the Amnesiacs, Funked Up Brass and Utopian Funk.
James has also been a crucial member of the City of Perth Marching Corps since 2016, acting as Musical Director (MD) at times, and recently performed in the pre-match entertainment for the 2021 AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium in front of over 60,000 people.
Although primarily a trumpet player, James has also had a distinguished career as a Classical singer. He has been singing weekly services in the St George’s Cathedral Choir under Dr Joseph Nolan since he was 10 years old (as a treble until the end of 2017, then with the Cathedral Consort and plainsong group since becoming a Bass Lay Clerk in 2018). St George’s Cathedral have partnered with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for many sold out performances at the Perth Concert Hall including; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion conducted by Dr Joseph Nolan, and Verdi’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Stabat Mater conducted by maestro Asher Fisch.
James’ WAAPA graduation recital will showcase a snapshot of his diverse musical journey so far including original compositions, complex jazz arrangements and other classical and contemporary influences. He will be joined on stage by some of Perth’s finest young talented musicians to make for a memorable occasion.
Trumpet and Flugelhorn: James Chapman
Trumpet: Dušan Cuculoski
Tenor Sax: Jayden Blockley
Trombone: Will Pethick
Bass Trombone: Ewan Potter
Piano: Bob Tweedie
Bass: Tommi Flamenco
Drums: Ben Greene
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