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About James & James

James & James are a duo who perform jazz and pop. Anne James sings and plays flute, accompanied by James Taylor on keys or guitar.
Jazz duo

James & James are a jazz duo based in Kent. Having met at a jazz jam in Canterbury, James and James started playing together in 2016 and have performed at various events around Kent. By combining Anne James’ mellow, expressive vocals and flute-playing with James Taylor’s virtuoso piano arrangements, jazz and blues duo James and James produce a sound that is both warm and cool. James and James are no dilettantes: they live and breathe music. As a Guildhall-trained music therapist, Anne James knows better than most that music is far more than just entertainment or ‘ear candy’: it can change lives for the better. As for James Taylor, he is not just an accomplished pianist with nearly two decades’ experience as a professional musician: he has been playing, listening to and even composing music for almost as long as he can remember. It is an integral part of his life. This love of music shows through in every song that James and James perform. With a repertoire ranging from reflective ballads to upbeat swing, they are a superb duo for all occasions.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Pop, Acoustic
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

1 Ain't got nothing but the blues
2 Ain’t Misbehavin’
3 At last
4 Beautiful love
5 Blue Monk
6 Christmas Island
7 Comes love
8 Corcovado
9 Cry me a river
10 Don’t get around much anymore
11 Don't know why
12 East of the sun
13 Everytime we say goodbye
14 Feeling good
15 Fever
16 Fly me to the moon
17 Georgia on my mind
18 Give me the simple life
19 God bless the child
20 Goodmorning Heartache
21 Have yourself a merry little Christmas
22 How high the moon
23 I thought about you
24 I’ve got my love to keep me warm
25 Just in time
26 Let it snow
27 L-O-V-E
28 Lullaby of Birdland
29 Misty
30 My baby Just cares for me
31 Moon river
32 Night and day
33 Old Devil Moon
34 On the sunny side of the street
35 One note Samba
36 Pennies from heaven
37 Polkadots and moonbeams
38 The Christmas Song
39 The nearness of you
40 The very thought of you
41 Round Midnight
42 Santa Baby
43 Satin Doll
44 September in the rain
45 Sway
46 Summertime
47 Walking in a winter wonderland
48 White Christmas Folk/pop
49 Allelujah -Fairground attraction
50 Big Yellow Taxi -Joni Mitchell
51 Blackbird - Beatles
52 Carey -Joni Mitchell
53 Get here
54 Happy -Pharell Williams
55 Have a holly jolly Christmas
56 I pray on Christmas - Harry Connick Junior
57 Kiss me - Six Pence None The Richer
58 La bamba
59 Lovely Day - Bill Withers
60 Mary’s boy child
61 Patience of angels - Boo Hewerdine
62 River – Joni Mitchell
63 Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Keyboard/Piano or Vocals, Guitar. We could arrange for another instrumentalist to join us, for example a saxophonist.

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

“We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can you roam around while you perform?


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

We would definitely be happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

PA is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 2 by 3 metres to perform.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our passion for the music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Chocolate Cafe, Canterbury. The Granville Pub/Restaurant, Canterbury. Private functions, including birthday celebration, weddings, and charity events. Whitefriars, Canterbury.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ella Fitzgerald. Norah Jones. Nina Simone. Anita Wardell.

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

Summer Sounds, Whitefriars, Canterbury


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£1200


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Sarah B, 2 years ago

“James and James have performed at our biggest event of the year, the KMSTC Summer Fayre. They are a pleasure to work with and are great at communicating before the event, and have a beautiful sound to top it all off! Members at the Centre are always excited when we say James and James will be returning as their music is hugely popular with our audience.”

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Alex L, 3 years ago

''Two years ago, I hired James and James to provide musical entertainment at our summer garden party. Individually they are exceptionally talented musicians, together they are phenomenal. The quality of music is of a standard far superior to anything else you are likely to find locally. Based on their stunning performance I hired them again for my daughter’s christening this year, and will no doubt be calling on them in the future."

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