composer, bassist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist JAMES SINGLETON has made his home in New Orleans since 1977. he has free-lanced with many great New Orleans artists and many others. a short list would include: James Booker, Professor Longhair, Johnny Vidacovich, Astral Project, James Black, Aarron Neville, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Illuminasti Trio, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gatemouth Brown, John Scofield, Wild Magnolias, Dave Liebman, Skerik, Mike Dillon, Natalie Cole, Charlie Rich, Banu Gibson, Ellis, Branford, Wynton, and Jason Marsalis, Lars Edegran, Juanita Brooks, Anders Osborn, Harry Connick jr, John Cleary, John Mooney,Teddy Riley, Rusty Kershaw, Naked on the Floor, Evan Christopher, and others.
In 1995 he formed 3NOW4 to collaborate with pedal-steel guitar genius Dave Easley and feature original compositions, improvisations, and little-known repetoire from a variety of styles.
In 2005 he started the James Singleton String Quartet to play his music in an all acoustic string setting. an electric version is coming.
The latest band is simply the James Singleton quartet; it is a powerhouse combination with pianist Larry Sieberth, saxophonist Scott Bourgeois, and multi-instrument virtuoso Mike Dillon.
He continues to perform in a duo with cellist Helen Gillet, and constantly finds new outlets for collaborative efforts.
Beginning in 2002 he began seeking out ways to spend more and more of the summer out of town to concentrate on composing and working out new instrumental vocabulary. The great flood made it necessary and possible to divide time between los angeles and new orleans. With the birth of his daughter Ruby he has returned to live most of the year in New Orleans. Wife Marcela, Ruby, and James live on the bayou st. john in mid-city.