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James Whittington

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About James

Trumpet player based in London. Jazz and anything musical that sounds good!

Trumpet player with decades of experience in brass bands, classical orchestras and jazz bands. Currently with Baraka, playing original music inspired by global grooves from Caribbean calypso to South African swing. Check out Baraka's debut album Yebo and latest EP Children of the Sun on Spotify or your favourite music streaming site. Also playing as a duo - with piano - a stripped down version of jazz standards from New Orleans to new compositions. Gigging regularly at Nightjar and Oriole bars in London.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Medieval music, Film / TV music, Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Originals, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, Latin, Reggae, Ska
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Check out Baraka's music on Spotify and other music streaming services. Search tunes such as:
Coming Soon
Sho Sho
St. Lucia
Loader Street
Children of the Sun
Township Sermon
Wanderers' Waltz
For standard jazz sets, we'll arrange the songs depending on the event. Everything from New Orleans to new compositions such as:
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
All The Things You Are
Nature Boy
There Will Never Be Another You
Almost Like Being in Love
September in the Rain
But Not For Me
Fly Right
Basin Street
Struttin’ with some BBQ
Lil’Lisa Jane
When its Sleepy Down South
Days of Wine and Roses
Alone Together
Just Friends
My Little Suede Shoes
If I Were a Bell
Nightingale in Berkeley Square
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We can talk about it.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

Upto one hour

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes - happy to talk this through

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes - depending on what's involved.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Heartfelt and soulful playing!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Nightar - London Oriole Bar - London Omnibus Theatre - London

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Louis Armstrong, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Ibrahim Maalouf

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Every gig matters to me!


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£320


From customers:

Roisin E, 3 years ago

We've had the pleasure of working with Baraka for three years where they've become a regular part of the programme. Their unique brand of original jazz, bright with its tropical spirit and underpinned with expert technicality, is a real steal to find and has added a range and depth to our programme. Aside from that they're always a delight to work with: on time, polite and focused on delivering a great musical experience for our customers. We couldn't recommend them highly enough.

Marie T, 3 years ago

Baraka have been playing at Omnibus since 2015 and have brought their unique and original style to a variety of events from gigs, to fundraising events and most recently jamming with young people. They are a delight to work with and I recommend them wholeheartedly.

From other musicians:

13th January 2017

Nice one 👍🏾