About The Artists

2023 marks Jazz at St. James’ 29th 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.

Tom Browne

Tom Browne has certainly worked with the industry’s best and brightest, having shared the concert stage with Bob James, Dave Grusin, Najee, Roy Ayers, Joe Sample, Melba Moore and a host of others. Sought early on by Columbia Records, Warner Brothers and CTI, Browne was introduced (by Earl Klugh) to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, and subsequently signed his first recording contract with the newly formed GRP Records label. GRP and Browne produced some of the labels best hits including Funkin’ For Jamaica, Thighs High, Fungi Mama, Let’s Dance and Secret Fantasy.

To date, Tom has over sixteen solo projects on the market, including the very recent Neo-Soul/Jazz sizzler entitled Legacy, released in mid 2016. (The Legacy project did extremely well on the charts, and had Browne up for Grammy nomination consideration in several categories.) His NEW CD “Come What May” features the singles “Mi Amor” and “The Groove Line” released in March and August of 2019 and charting well. Browne and friends also released a well received Christmas single, “Angels We Have Heard On High” in December 2019.

Today, Tom Browne can be found on tour regularly. After selling out late summer concerts in The United Kingdom (Pizza Express and CLF Arts Cafe) and The Netherlands (North Sea Jazz Club), he went on to headline The Capital Jazz Cruise, Oxnard and Hub City Jazz Festivals, all receiving glowing reviews.

Read more about Tom Browne here.

Jeremy George

Dr. Jeremy L. George is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida under the leadership of Dr. Julian E. White and Dr. Shelby Chipman. He received his Master’s Degree in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University.

Dr. George was appointed band director at James S. Rickards High School in 2015 and he has played an integral roll in developing the program. His commitment to excellence led to him being awarded the Tom Bishop Award by the Florida Bandmasters Association in 2018 which recognizes directors for making a huge positive difference in a relatively short period of time. Under his tutelage the Raider band has received superior ratings on the district and state level in Symphonic Band, Marching Band and the Raider Jazz Band.

As a professional, Jeremy also serves as an adjudicator and clinician. As a performer, Dr. George is the current bassist and musical director for Tallahassee Night’s Live, a highly active live entertainment guild with an ambitious performance schedule throughout the southeast region, and has shared the stage with on many nationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning Gospel, Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B recording artists such as Ledisi, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Andre Hayward, Diego Rodriguez, Marvin Sapp, Dorothy Norwood, Angela Spivey, Pat Row, Eric Roberson, and Jimmy Cozier just to name a few. Jeremy also serves as a performing artist for many bass companies such as Anaconda Basses, DR Strings, Gallien Kruger Amps, Aguilar Pickups, and Inearz Audio. He also maintains an ambitious gig, session, and masterclass schedule.