Doug James

Decades: 2000s


Douglas James Schlecht, 21 August 1953, Turlock, California, USA. Encouraged to take an interest in music by his church organist mother, James soon began teaching himself to play saxophone, eventually choosing the baritone member of the family although he also plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. After he and his family lived for a while in Oregon, they settled in Rhode Island. There, in 1971, he began a spell with guitarist Duke Robillard’s band, Roomful Of Blues, which has continued intermittently into the new millennium. With this band, James toured internationally and recorded extensively, including Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson And Roomful Of Blues (1982) and Blues Train: Big Joe Turner & Roomful Of Blues (1983). Apart from Eddie Vinson and ‘Big’ Joe Turner, James has often backed other noted blues exponents, including LaVern Baker, Helen Humes, Colin James, Freddie King, Charlie Musselwhite, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Junior Walker, Muddy...

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