Diploma of Jazz - Adelaide University, Certificate of the Generations In Jazz Academy, Working With Children's Check, , Bachelor of Jazz Composition
James Mustafa is a Melbourne based composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist. He is the founder and leader of the Melbourne Composers Big Band, the sousaphonist of Horns Of Leroy and is the composer/bandleader of the James Mustafa Jazz Orchestra.
James has completed studies at the Generations In Jazz Academy, Adelaide University School of Music and at the Sir Zelman School of Music at Monash University. He has studied composition with Paul Grabowsky, Maria Schneider, Graeme Lyall, Lachlan Davidson, Jordan Murray, Darcy James Argue and Pedro Giraudo. As a musician, James works primarily on trumpet, trombone, and piano but also performs on a variety of woodwinds, brass and other instruments.
In 2013, James formed the James Mustafa Jazz Orchestra – a new ensemble made up of some of Australia’s finest artists and creatives. In 2014, they released their debut album “The Last Sanctuary” which is now available under the JazzHead record label. This album was recently awarded at the 2015 Australian Bell Awards.
As a composer, James has worked with a variety of ensembles from around the country and overseas. Highlight projects include arrangements and compositions with Vince Jones (AUS), the Birdland Big Band (US), the Arendal Big Band (NO), the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (AUS), Miles Bonny (US), the Australian Royal Navy Big Band (AUS), Osunlade (US), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (AUS) and others. He has performed in a number of festivals including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Falls Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, White Night Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and an assortment of music education conferences. Recently, James has also been involved in a variety of films and soundtracks including “Words and Pictures” (2014), “The Menkoff Method” (2014), “Graceful Girls” (2014) and “Magnetism” (2013).
Playing highlights include performances with Maria Schneider (US), James Morrison (AUS), The Idea Of North (AUS), Scott Robinson (US), John Morrison’s Swing City Big Band (AUS), George Garzone (US), Joe Camilleri (AUS), Invenio (AUS), Gerald Clayton (US), Kate Ceberano (AUS) and more. He has also worked with musicians and organisations such as Audun Dertz (NO), Mark Eager (UK), Brett Baker (UK), Gordon Goodwin (US), the Choral Institute of Melbourne, Melbourne Youth Music, the Melbourne School Bands and Strings Festival and a variety of schools and universities.
His musical director credits include shows like “Chicago” (SA), “RENT” (SA), “Seussical, The Musical” (VIC) and the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (VIC). He has also played in a number of productions including “Singin’ In The Rain”, “Pippin”, “The Sound Of Music” and many others. He was also assistant musical director and orchestra of Melbourne season of the “Songs of James Bond” show.
Awards and merits include the 3MBS – “Youth Composer Scholarship” (2009), the “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year” for the Australian Jazz Bell Awards (2015) , Monash University Jazz Prize Scholarship (2014), the Sir Zelman School of Music Jazz Composition Prize (2014) and the Composer in Residence at WAYJO (2015).
These details were last updated on December 10, 2015