James Brender


1967: year of the summer of love and also the year James began on drums.  No connection between the two events except, perhaps, subliminally.  Although James was formally trained (Berklee College of Music, Boston; McGill University, Montreal; private lessons, NYC), he tries not to let that interfere with a Neanderthal back beat.  James has played with, among others, Ian Sebastian and the McGill Percussion Ensemble in Montreal, StreetLife in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and NYC, and with the Advocats Big Band in Toronto.  He currently resides in Ottawa (where’s that again?) and enjoys anchovy pizza and glow in the dark bowling.