James Banner was born in Dudley, England in 1991. He has studied in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin, and is now based between Berlin and the UK, working around Europe as a musician, educator and composer. In the UK he is composer in residence for Make The Paint Dance as well as workshop leader for Jazzlines (Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham). His debut album as bandleader will be released in late 2018 on the Cologne-based label JazzHausMusik, followed by a tour of Germany. As a composer he received a studio award from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Elsa Neumann Stipendium 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/Hanns Eisler, which supports the ambitious choral/improvising ensemble project Voices of Berlin.
He is active as a co-leader and sideman in projects including the Birgitta Flick Quartet, The Good Old Good Ones, Mark Pringle as well as numerous international collaborative projects and curates a monthly residency at Berlin’ Donau115 with Practically Married (with pianist Declan Forde).