James Maddren: Drums
James Maddren is a highly gifted drummer who has in recent years become the ‘first call’ drummer of choice amongst the younger and even more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK. Known for a musical maturity beyond his years compounded with a stand-out technique, Maddren was born in Horsham, Sussex, where at age 11 started school at Christ’s Hospital performing in many contrasting bands and orchestras. It was this foundation that would provide James the palette for his great awareness and exposure to many different genres of music and schools of drumming. In 2004, while still at school, he traveled to London to study with one of Europe’s top multi-instrumentalists Jim Hart, who Maddren cites as a significant early influence and inspiration. Having left CH in summer 2005, he went on to study jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, with Martin France as his drum tutor. Graduating in 2009 with a 1st class degree James was also given ‘The Principal’s Award For Outstanding Studentship’. He enjoys listening to and performing all kinds of music, which he does with authentic authority. He has shared the stage with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock Trio, Kit Downes Trio, Marc Copland/Stan Sulzman quartet, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet featuring Seamus Blake, Ivo Neame Qt, Phil Donkin, Will Vinson, Martin Speake quartet, Phronesis, Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet, and Tangent.