is a British multi-instrumentalist, composer & educator. His primary love is the double bass, with additional core strengths in cello, electric bass, bass ukulele, and piano, all of which have brought his name into prominence in the European jazz circuits and diverse ukulele world in both North America and Europe.
A professional musician for over a decade, his highlights include playing at Ronnie Scott's, 606, Vortex, and Pizza Express Soho in London to most recently playing with multiple GRAMMY Award winners Daniel Ho, Cathy Fink, & Marcy Marxer.
James also offers private lessons on several instruments - specialising in jazz studies.
James with jazz veteran Michael Powers on ukulele and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. on drums
From Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor
“James Agg is a pleasure to play music with. He can play every style of music from Bach to rock, with a great knowledge of the vocabulary of standards in the pop, folk, and jazz idioms as well. Oh, and did I mention he has perfect pitch and can follow you wherever you want to go, even when throwing in substitution chord changes? Oh, and did I mention he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with? Hire him. You’ll be HAPPY!”
(American jazz guitarist, shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and the Pips & several leading jazz players)
Photo by Kelly Anderson, Phyreworks Photography
“James is such a skillful and creative musician, able to turn anything, in a split second, into the most amazing music. He’s completely revitalised my belief in the power of jazz and creative music to be what it should be: instant composition.”
“There aren’t many musicians in Europe who can do what he’s doing…things that in medieval times would have had him burnt at the stake – simply witchcraft.”
“Basically, James is the consummate bassist. He shows up on time with his parts thoroughly practised, is comfortable in all styles and meters (even the polyrhythm of 10.5/7 in ‘Na Pana Elua’), and is a wonderful person to work with. If a song doesn’t need bass, he is equally proficient on cello!”
“James has been my first-call bassist for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve watched him grow from a superb natural musician with great ears to a monster ensemble and solo bassist with solid time, a big sound, an endless flow of musical ideas, and best of all, constant ingenuity in his interactions with the band. He’s the man!”
“[A] terrific double bass solo by James Agg. This forms an excellent springboard for the pace to pick up again… Agg takes several key solos, including unusually a fully arco solo (played with the bow) on the haunting The Kiss Of The Sun For Pardon, showing a high level of musical awareness as well as great skill on both acoustic and electric bass – a man to watch for the future.”
“I’ve been watching jazz regularly…and I’ve always experienced jazz bass as a little inaccessible – but James Agg I really get.”
“I really enjoyed working with Agg. He was very kind, supportive, and gave me great confidence when I first started performing live. In the studio, he offered insightful and creative solutions to the recording process. I felt at complete ease in his presence. Ability wise: I think he’s a genius!”