Jim Corry

Principal Lecturer: Jazz

Biography 

Job title: Principal Lecturer: Jazz

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

Specialisms: saxophone

UK based Saxophonist and Educator Jim Corry (BA Hons) is a recognised and respected performer, having toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, US, Japan, South America, Russia South Africa, and Australia. With numerous performances at internationally recognised venues, he continues to develop his reputation and international profile as a talented and versatile musician.

Born in 1976, Jim started playing the Saxophone at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Ray Scott, a leading woodwind player on the London scene. At the age of 18, Jim left London and moved North to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. During his time at LCM, Jim became well known amongst his contemporaries and also branched out from playing the Alto exclusively and is now comfortable on Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones.

After graduating from LCM with a BA Hons in Jazz Studies, he started playing professionally, quickly establishing himself in the North's thriving music scene. In the years that followed, he has performed throughout the world in a variety of musical settings and genres.

Most recently Jim has been recording and touring with the band Jamiroquai and is featured on their number one platinum selling album 'Rock Dust Light Star'. He has been touring with the band since May 2010 and highlights so far have included supporting Stevie Wonder at Rock In Rio Brazil and Hyde Park London, performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2010, performing at Sydney Harbour New Years Eve Concert 2011 and a South American tour.

Before Jamiroquai, Jim toured extensively with Brit award winning producer Mark Ronson with whom he was lucky enough to work and perform with artists including; Jay-Z, Lilly Allen, Duran Duran, Rhymefest, Wiley and Daniel Merriweather. Jim has recently recorded again with Mark Ronson for The Gossip's forth coming album.

Previous to the Mark Ronson tours, Jim toured the world for two years with Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, after recording on her number one multi platinum selling self titled album. Jim can be heard on many of the tracks including 'Put Your Records On', 'I'd Like To', 'Breathless' and 'Trouble Sleeping' - ( you can also see Jim perform in the 'Trouble Sleeping' music video! ).

Other artists Jim has performed and toured with include; John Legend, Roy Wood (Wizzard, ELO and The Move), Status Quo, James Taylor (JTQ), Craig Charles' Fantasy Funk Band, Snowboy, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Carleen Anderson, Candie Payne,The Haggis Horns, Capri and The New Mastersounds.

Live Television appearances include -
Sydey Harbour New Years Eve Concert 2011, Nobel Peace Prize concert 2010 Oslo, Hyde Park Calling 2010, Glastonbury 2008 / 2007, Later with…Jools Holland (Jamiroquai and Corinne Bailey Rae), F1 Rocks Monza Grand Prix, Wireless Festival Hyde Park 2007 (Mark Ronson), Live Earth 2007 Wembley Stadium, The Brit Awards 2007, Live from Abbey Road, BBC In Session, The MOBO Awards, Late Night with David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Johnathan Ross, Austin City Limits - Texas USA, Top Of The Pops, Album Chart Show, T4 Pop World, CD-UK, The Wogan Show, The Ellen Show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Paul O'Grady Show, Alan Carr :Chatty Man, Songs of Praise, GMTV, AVO sessions-Switzerland, V Channel live- Australia, Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford, Sun sessions and Taratata France.

Top Venues performed at include -
Madison Square Gardens USA, Wembley Stadium, O2 Arena, Hyde Park - London, Miles Davis Hall - Montreaux, House of Blues - Chicago, Sydney Harbour, Tipitinas - New Orleans, Maryweather Pavillion - USA, Nimes Arena, Sporting Club - Monte Carlo, The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, NEC Arena, MEN Arena, Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Jazz Cafe - London and most jazz venues in the north of England and across the UK.

Festival performances include -
Paleo Festival 2010, Moon & Stars Festival 2010, Nova Jazz & Blues Festival 2010, Balaton Festival 2010, Hyde Park Calling 2010, Glastonbury 2008 / 2007 / 2002, Montreux Jazz Festival 2008, North Sea Jazz Festival 2008, Lollapalooza Festival 2008, Global Gathering 2008, Wireless 2008, Wakestock 2008, New Orleans Jazz Festival 2007, V Festival 2007 / 2006, Rock in Rio, T in the Park, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Oxygen, Rock AM Ring, Festival Bar Verona, Cork International Jazz Festival, Manchester /Birmingham / Scarborough / Marsden / Burton Agnes Jazz Festivals.

Live Radio performances include -
Jo Whiley BBC Radio 2 - Jamiroquai live, Ken Bruce Show BBC Radio 2 Live from Maidavale, Craig Charles Funk Show BBC Radio 2 Live from Maida vale 75th anniversary, Craig Charles Funk Show live on BBC Radio 6.

Alongside his commercial activities, Jim has an ever increasing reputation on the Jazz circuit. He has performed at many International Jazz festivals including Montreaux Jazz festival and The North Sea Jazz Festival and Cork jazz festival, Glastonbury Jazz stage, Manchester and Scarborough jazz festivals. He is currently writing and rehearsing material for his debut solo album and promoting his other jazz projects including - Jim Corry Quartet, A Tribute to Atlantic Jazz, The Jim Corry / Rob Mitchel Quintet and Nascent septet.

He is currently teaching saxophone for Leeds College of Music LCoM for their BA Hons Music (Jazz) degree course.

Jim is sponsored by Rico Reeds and Barnes and Mullins. He is a Rico artist.

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