David James was only 16 years old and a junior at Canyon Crest Academy High School, when he was selected to play drums with the Grammy Quintet in February 2011, chosen from hundreds of students nationwide.
David performed on stage during the internationally-televised Grammy Awards show with bassist Esperanza Spalding, who had just been recognized as Best New Artist.
That performance was only part of a whirlwind week that involved David James taking part in several jazz performances that included wto more gigs with Esperanza Spalding; playing at the Grammy Nominee Reception; performing for MusiCares Person of the Year event — Barbra Streisand was the honoree — and an hour long set at the Grammy Awards after-party.
A passion for drumming started early in life for David James who was born and raised in England. He got his first toy drum when he was a year old. A year later he received his first drum set and has been drumming avidly ever since.
David’s past accomplishments include Outstanding Soloist Award at Stanford Jazz Camp in 2008 and participation in the inaugural 2010 San Diego Drum Summit—just two of several awards and accolades earned.