Hannah is a bassist, composer and band leader currently working in and around Sydney Australia. Her project, the Hannah James Trio recently released their latest album ‘Triliphony’ featuring Casey Golden (piano) and Ed Rodrigues (drums). The album was recorded live at the Sound Lounge Sydney with support from APRA Australia and SIMA.
The Hannah James Trio was formed in 2012 and has since been fortunate enough to be invited to the 2012
Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival, the 2013 Jazz Groove Summer Festival and the Canberra Capitol Jazz Project as well as undertaking performances at Foundry616, Venue 505, Blue Beat and Jazz at the Gallery amongst others.
In 2011, Hannah was the recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award for up and coming female jazz musicians, formed the Hannah James Group and recorded her debut album ‘Effigy’ at ABC studios featuring guitarist Dave Rodriguez and Saxophonist ‘Tim Clarkson’ and trio members Casey and Ed. In the same year, the group was invited to perform at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bennett’s Lane, SIMA Sound Lounge, Kinetic Jazz festival and on ABC radio national and ABC Dig Jazz.
Her many playing credits include working alongside Katie Noonan, Alister Spence, Sandy Evans, Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt, Angie Hart, Dean Manning, Lady Sings it Better, Dave Goodman and Matt Keegan amongst others.
Hannah grew up a small rural town outside of Canberra. She began her musical training in classical piano, taking up the double bass as part of her schools year 7 beginner band program.
After high school, Hannah was awarded a scholarship to study Jazz performance at the ANU School of Music, completing her Honors there under the tutelage of bassist Eric Ajaye before moving to Sydney where she currently resides.