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New Video - 'Live at Jesmond Dene House'

Most of the time we're booked to get people on the dancefloor and perform Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Classic Soul, Funk etc

Once a month we get the chance to play something a little different at the Jesmond Dene House 'Jazz Supper', where we recently filmed the band performing live.  See our Upcoming Public Performances list below for information on future events.  Enjoy!

The Paul James Band - 'Live at Jesmond Dene House'

Party On The Dancefloor!

All the very best to Erin & Ally who invited us to perform for their wedding reception last week at Jesmond Dene House.  The Happy Couple had requested that we play a mix of Modern Dance and Classic Motown and their friends and family filled the dance floor all night! 

"Thanks for an absolutely brilliant night, the band were terrific!"  Erin & Ally, Jesmond Dene House, May 2011

Picture courteousy of award winning, local photographer Claire Dalgarno

Videos - 'Live at Jesmond Dene House'

A few of the full length videos recently filmed of the band performing 'Live' at Jesmond Dene House:

Filmed by John Atkinson, director of 'Outback Studios'

Metro Radio's Anna Foster Joins The Paul James Band

We were delighted to welcome our friend Anna Foster as a guest on stage with the band at our residency at Jesmond Dene House in June.  Anna chose a few Gershwin favourites to perform and 'wowed' the audience with her superb vocal talents.

"Thanks for a great night - the band was brilliant and I've really enjoyed singing with you!"  Anna Foster, June 2011

After such an enjoyable and successful evening we are now looking at Anna joining us again later in the year for another performance.  'Watch this space'!

Solo Sax and Solo Piano

Graham Brown, our saxophonist and keyboard/piano player, is now offering a unique service to clients who are looking for tasteful and sophisticated background music. He has recorded over a hundred solo piano tracks which he now uses as an accompaniment when playing solo saxophone. Graham's repertoire on the piano is almost unlimited and he is able to provide both instruments "... for the price of one". Jesmond Dene House, Wynyard Hall and Rockliffe Hall are just some of the venues who regularly book Graham to play solo sax and solo piano music for their Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas Lunch etc events . The service is ideal for entertaining guests at a wedding breakfast, drinks reception or network meeting:

"Just to confirm what a wonderful wedding day Nadine and Russell had because of Graham's music. Graham is truly a fabulous musician and his contribution to the wedding made the event even more special. The guests were amazed at his talent and he did receive lots of compliments. He played both saxophone and piano beautifully and made Nadine and Russell's wedding just perfect.
Thank you for suggesting we hired Graham for this very important occasion, I know the day will be remembered for a long time to come. Thank you." Mr & Mrs R Hope Longhirst Hall on 5th February 2011

Valentine Celebrations in The Great Hall at Jesmond Dene House

"On Saturday 11th February enjoy a romantic 5-course Tasting Menu created by Head Chef Michael Penaluna for Valentine's diners.  The wonderful Paul James Trio entertain with a sophisticated set of romantic classics for this special day.  Dim the lights and unwind..."

Call 0191 2123000 or book online at

iPad's expand our repertoire to over three hundred 'live' songs

Most bands offer a maximum of around 30 songs.  With over 300 vocal numbers and over 10,000 instrumentals we now offer far more than any band we know of.  We are able to perform hundreds of these pieces from memory and now have the written music for others, such as special requests, stored on our iPads further improving the service we offer to our clients.

'KEEP MUSIC LIVE'   All of our music is performed 100% 'live' - no Karaoke backing tracks.  This is not the case with several of the bands working in the region.

For more information on how we can provide the right 'live' music for your event please get in touch through our contact page.

Latin Jazz Night at Jesmond Dene House

Friday 25th November - An Evening of Latin Jazz with The Paul James Band.  We're really looking forward to performing once again with our friends Carlos 'El Tipo' and Marco Solano.  These amazing percussionists from Cuba and Peru are experts in Salsa and Latin Music and regularly perform with us in Nobby Solano's Salsa Band 'The Geordie Latinos'.

The evening kicks off at 7.30pm with live music from 8.00pm until 11.00pm.  Dress as casually as you like.  To book the Jazz Supper call 0191 2123000 or email     £39.50

Aristocrat's Wedding at Alnwick Castle

Paul James Music was delighted to provide a small group of our top musicians to perform at the wedding of Katie Percy, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland's eldest daughter, and Patrick Valentine.  The wedding took place at a Church in Alnwick and the reception was held in a large marquee in the castle grounds.  The happy couple are close friends with  Princes William and Harry and many VIP's were in attendance for one of the top social events of the year.

A Summer Evening in The Pavilion at Alnwick Garden

Thanks and very best wishes to Julie and Simon who invited us to perform for them in the unique setting of The Pavilion in Alnwick Garden.  The evening's festivities started as the sun set over the lavish gardens and Grand Cascade; the incredible views providing the perfect backdrop for the evening.  "Thank you, we've had a great night - the music was perfect!"  Julie and Simon, May 2011

Pic courteousy of Andrew Davies 

North East and Yorkshire Wedding Photographer - Providing a first class service across the region

The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall

A relaxing evening of Jazz with The Paul James Trio in the setting of one of the top restaurants in the North of England.
From Sunday 13th March 2011 The Paul James Trio will be performing once a month at the highly acclaimed Orangery Restaurant at Rockliffe Hall. Contact the venue for reservations: 01325 722221

To see a full list of our public engagements please visit:

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Elviss

Slaley Hall's banqueting suite was transformed last February to celebrate the wedding of Jane and Tom Elviss. Every table was named after an Elvis song and the band were asked to perform each song during the wedding breakfast; at which point the guests at the respective table leapt up and sang along!  We then provided a surprise visit from the 'King' himself as our guitar/vocalist Andy Moon donned the famous attire and performed 'Jailhouse Rock'.

"You were absolutely brilliant! Everybody commented on the band and your singer has an amazing voice. I can't impress on you just how much we all enjoyed it. Thank you." Pauline Hellens, Mother of the Bride, March 2011

Celebrity Strictly Dine and Dance

“Paul James and his wonderful band did us proud at our Celebrity Strictly Dine and Dance evening which raised a whopping £60,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice.  Paul and the band were dedicated and patient with us, having never attempted an event of this type before, and the music on the night was phenomenal. Having the live band play the dancers’ music made the night extra special and there wasn’t a bum note.
I can’t thank Paul and the gang enough and have already booked them for next year’s event I was so impressed. Thanks gang.”
Amy Wilson, Community Fundraiser – St Oswald's Hospice

Pic - Guests partying on the dancefloor during our dance set at The Hilton Gateshead.

The Paul James Band featuring Laura Adams and guitarist Phil Hudson - 25th March at Jesmond Dene House

Since being awarded 'European Young Jazz Soloist of the Year' in 1991, Phil has gone on to tour and record with a host of names including Tina Turner, Beverly Craven, Mica Paris, Geri Halliwell, Omar and Blue. Phil returns to his native North East to reunite with his friends as guest soloist in The Paul James Band with a programme of Latin and Jazz standards and a few compositions from Phil's recent album 'Somewhere Else'.

Phil recently appeared with Heaven 17 on 'Later with Jools Holland' and is currently on tour with The Lighthouse Family.

Strictly Dine and Dance at The Hilton Gateshead, February 2011

Our Seven-Piece Band recently provided the music for a spectacular event in aid of St Oswald's hospice. It featured many of the regions familiar faces from the world of sport, news & radio. The guest dancers were; footballer John Beresford, Metro FM's Anna Foster, boxer Glenn McCrory, Real Radio's Lisa Shaw BBC's Jeff Brown, Alfie Joey, Hannah Bayman and Colin Briggs.

The event was hosted by our good friend Steve Walls and TV presenter Kim Inglis and was such a success it has already been scheduled again for next year on 11th February 2012:
0191 2469123 or

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For more pictures and information about the event, visit Steve’s website at:


An Evening with The Paul James Band at Horton Grange - Fri 17th June 2011

"Enjoy a fabulous evening with The Paul James Band featuring their highly acclaimed vocalist Laura Adams performing some of the very best from The Great American Songbook."

Including a 3 Course Meal with Champagne and Canapes on arrival.

£40 per person.  Only a few tables remaining!

01661 860686

Law Society Ball, Newcastle Civic Centre - 29th Jan 2011

"Thanks for a fantastic night; everything went perfectly. The dance floor was full and the band was great. Everybody had a cracking time!" Nicholas Moss, Law Society

The Sunshine Fund

The Paul James Band performed once again for The Sunshine Fund 'Sunflower Ball' held at The Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel.  The Band have performed regularly at this prestigious event for several years which raises thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children in the North East. 

"Thanks for entertaining us so well... everyone's had a great night!"
Ant & Dec, Sunflower Ball

Lord Mayors Ball, Newcastle Civic Centre - December 2011

Thanks once again to Helen, Trish and the team at Newcastle Civic Centre for a most enjoyable Christmas Ball.

"The feedback from our guests has been fantastic – look forward to seeing you again next year!" Trish Lockey, Newcastle Civic Centre.

A Private Evening With Alan Shearer

The Paul James Band recently performed at an exclusive event for Alan Shearer to raise money for his care home in West Denton, Newcastle; The event, held in the Magpie Suite at St James' Park, raised over £10,000 for disabled children using the centre.

"Thanks for a great night, you were fantastic!"
Alan Shearer

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