Sharing Shearing (2021) was included in the Top 50 Lounge Albums of 2021 (Sydney Australia) and is the 3rd album in the The Cocktail Piano Hour series. James Spencer spent three years locating un-released George Shearing jazz piano charges and arranged them himself into new unique, sensual and sophisticated arrangements of standards from the 1950 and 1960s. This albums has been heard on Cocktail Nation.
Awarded Best Lounge Album of 2018 (Cocktail Nation: Sydney Australia), and Best Cocktail Piano Album of 2018, James Spencer is currently one of the most celebrated solo jazz pianists in the world. His music currently heard on over 70 radio stations and streaming sites.
Noir, is a digital album with 24 tracks of James Spencer's original cool jazz piano cocktail arrangements of beloved, requested standards that appear in classic film noir noir cinema. A late night, sophisticated, sensual and romantic album, James transports you back to the cocktail piano bars of cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles and New York City in the 1940s-1950s.
James is the founder of The Cocktail Piano Hour series of albums. Blue Mood combines original 1970s inspired compositions with beloved standards from the Great American Songbook, breezy bossa nova and light classical selections.
James' original title song Blue Mood has been compared to composers like Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Johnny Mandel. First premiered on the radio show Cocktail Nation in 2013, James has toured the US in the early 2017, preferring to perform in intimate jazz venues.
Performance credits include: The Ritz Carlton and Spa (Laguna, Niguel, CA), The Sky Room at the Breakers (Long Beach, CA), The Cinegrill at The Roosevelt (Hollywood, CA), The Westin Bonaventure (Los Angeles, CA), Olde Pink Planation (Savannah, GA), Pier House Resort and Spa (Key West, FL), Princeville Resort (Kauai), Birdland (New York, New York), The Carlyle (Miami, FL), The Halekulani Resort (Honolulu, HI) and the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Spa (Victoria, B. C.)