Birth Place: Marshall, Missouri, United States
Years Active: 1962–present
Genres: Jazz, Jazz Fusion
Robert McElhiney James was born December 25, 1939 in Marshall, Missouri and is a jazz keyboardist, music producer, and an arranger. A prominent force in the movement and creation of smooth jazz, James is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, and is a two-time Grammy winner. James started playing piano at the age of 4, and gave his first public performance at the age of 8. By the time James was a teenager he was playing with his high school band and orchestra. After graduating high school, James picked up piano jobs playing jam sessions with the Bob Falkenhainer quartet. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, James roomed with jazz sax...
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