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James Romain

Active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, clinician, and jazz/commercial performer, James Romain embraces diverse genres of music. He actively contributes to the growing body of compositions and pedagogical literature for the instrument through his pursuit of commissions, recording projects, and published articles.
Dr. Romain has been invited to present premiere performances at every World Saxophone Congress since 2003 (Minneapolis, Slovenia, Thailand, and Scotland). In addition, he regularly performs as invited soloist at regional and national biennial conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and at festivals and symposia throughout the United States and abroad. He has firmly established a national and international reputation as a committed advocate for new music, with 22 commissions, co-commissions, and dedications written, performed, and recorded as a direct result of his efforts.

Saxophone Symposium 2012: "Romain has produced a recording of genuine artistic merit and musical interest.” (Howl Reviewed by Tom Liley)

Saxophone Journal Vol. 34/No 3 (Jan/Feb 2010): "James Romain is a superb performer on saxophone with a bright, clear, and resonant sound that is not often heard. His interpretive skills are the equal of his saxophone technique, giving the listener a rare treat of a consummate performer. Every aspect of his playing is to be greatly applauded." (In Friendship Reviewed by Paul Wagner)

Saxophone Symposium 2009: "In Friendship is a terrifically played collection of some of the saxophones most important compositions and a must-have for classical saxophonists." (Reviewed by Steve Stusek)

American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2008: "Both performers are excellent, winding their way through very difficult repertoire with great ease. Romain appears to be in complete control; his sound is beautifully sculpted and his technique is effortless. (In Friendship reviewed by Patrick Hanudel)

As an orchestral saxophonist, James Romain performs regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, including a performance of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto in August of 2010 at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the BBC Proms series, and performances of Darius Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde in 2011. Dr. Romain is also the first-call saxophonist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

James Romain is an active chamber musician. He is the baritone saxophonist with the Oasis Quartet (www.oasisquartet.com) and with the New Third Stream Quartet, as well as with XPlorium, an innovative ensemble comprising four saxophonists, seven percussionists, and two pianists.

Dr. Romain is active as a jazz performer and educator, appearing regularly with the Des Moines Big Band, Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, and with a variety of jazz small groups. He has also performed with Clark Terry, Ron Miles, Eric Gunnison, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. As an in-demand doubler (saxophones, flutes, clarinets), he regularly perform in pit orchestras for touring productions at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, and with entertainers such as Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, and Ben Folds at venues including Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall.

James Romain serves as Professor of Saxophone and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist, and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones. As a Rico Artist, he also performs on Rico Reserve, Reserve Classic, and Select Jazz Reeds. Dr. Romain serves as Membership Director for the North American Saxophone Alliance. (www.saxalliance.org) Romain holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois, and M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of North Texas.