Meet The Artists 2017-09-28T23:37:47+00:00

About The Artists

2017 marks Jazz at St. James’ 23rd year celebrating the finest local Austin and national jazz performers. Over our history, we’ve showcased musicians who have made their creative impression on the music we love. 

This year’s lineup is no different and we’re excited to have such great artists grace our humble stage and share the passion of jazz.

Diane Schuur

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY® nominations, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape.

Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions and was one of the select musical guests invited to perform for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award.

John Mills

Dr. John Mills has long been one of Texas’ most in-demand saxophonists, arrangers, and composers. He not only plays and writes across a complete spectrum of jazz styles — from mainstream to experimental, from big band to fusion to chamber jazz, but he is also active in virtually every other genre of contemporary music.

Mills has appeared on numerous Austin City Limits PBS television broadcasts over the years, including performances with Ray Benson, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Sara Hickman, Patti Page, Beto and the Fairlanes, W.C. Clark, Miss Lavelle White and Los Lonely Boys, and composed the opening theme for one of that popular series’ early seasons.

Dr. Mills is a Professor of Jazz Studies at UT-Austin’s Butler School of Music, where he teaches jazz saxophone, composition, arranging and history.

Blue Mist Band

Blue Mist was originally formed by lead vocalist Robert Kelley while attending the University of Texas in Austin TX and has been entertaining audiences ranging in age from 20 to 50 with a variety of rhythm & blues, jazz, soul, and popular music ever since.

The band has performed with Various national acts such as: Little Milton, Joe Simon, D. Train, The Platters,  Pinetop Perkins, grammy-winning R&B group The Manhattans and open for R&B/hip-hop singer Anthony Hamilton.

Blue Mist has a tight, flexible sound performed by professional musicians who have regularly played together over many years.