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Artephis is a contemporary jazz/rock-influenced quintet based in Manchester, comprising some of the North's most creatively diverse young musicians. Formed in 2015, James co-leads Artephis with trumpeter Aaron Wood.


Their debut album, 'ALL CHANGE NO CHANGE', was released in June 2017 with an accompanying UK tour. Aired on BBC Radio 3 and on Radio 2 by Jamie Cullum, who called it a “brilliant new release that got my ears bouncing” and chose its track 'Feroz' as his BBC Introducing highlight of 2017, the album was awarded the Sir John Manduell Prize.



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Artephis have performed to capacity audiences at the major jazz festivals across the North, as well as at Brecon Jazz Festival, Band On The Wall, The Cavern Club and Kendal Calling. They have supported post-Bowie Donny McCaslin, Darius Brubeck, and Marquis Hill's Blacktet. Artephis is a Jazz North Northern Line artist (2018-19). 

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James is a co-founder of Agbeko, the afro-rock-funk-psych 11-piece based in Manchester. Led by saxophonist Jamie Stockbridge, they play original Afrobeat- and Ethiojazz- inspired music to audiences across the UK and Europe.


They effortlessly draw inspiration from the golden age of 1970s Nigerian, Ghanaian and Ethiopian dancefloors and deliver it through the filter of 11 young twenty-somethings who grew up on rock, funk and raucous-leaning jazz.


In 2017 Agbeko released their debut E.P., 'Unite', and in October 2018 released their debut single 'Leaders Of The Free World' on 7" vinyl with Stutter & Twitch Records. 

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Taking you back to the Jazz Age, The Easy Rollers is a roaring seven-piece jazz band that specialises in music of the Prohibition and Swing eras. Having built a reputation as one of the hardest working swing bands from the North of England, the band has audiences jumpin’ and jivin’ across the country, and they released their debut E.P. in August 2017. With The Easy Rollers, James plays guitar and banjolele.

 The Easy Rollers

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James Girling Quarteto de Bossa Nova

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Lieko Quintet is a Manchester-based group turning contemporary jazz on its head with melodic, groove-infused compositions. Treading a path somewhere between soul music and folk song, they use melody as a focal point for moving between riff-based interplay and free-form improvisation. When blended together with the rhythmic precision of old school funk and cathartic energy of Nigerian afrobeat, the result is a brain-melting concoction of new-world explorations.


If you’re not already dancing, they’ll pull the proverbial rug out from underneath your feet, and get you moving in places you never even knew existed.


Their new EP, 'Amethyst', was released in January 2019. 

Lieko Quintet

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"Made me move, made me think, gave me all the feels.”

- Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"They make an organic, collectively individual sound that always has an eye on the narrative.”

- Mike Walker (The Impossible Gentlemen)

"Rising stars”

- Jazzwize

"An outstanding band of young musicians.”

- Jazz North

"Go see them if you can for one of the best gigs of your life.”

- Now Then Magazine

"They're great fun and they'll swing you into bad health.”

- Stephen Duffy, BBC Radio Scotland

Owing to his affection for the style-defining recordings of João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim, James formed the Quarteto de Bossa Nova as an authentic celebration of Bossa Nova music and poetry. Consisting of two vocalists, flute/tenor saxophone, classical guitar, double bass and percussion, the group is committed to capturing Bossa Nova's original essence through sensitive arrangements, all sung in their original Portuguese. 

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"...intelligent, inventive and imaginative..”

- The Jazz Mann