Saxophonist James Mahone has performed throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe over 30 years. In early 90s, he was the composer for popular jazz band, Black Note. Mahone has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Billy Higgins, Gil-Scott Heron, El De Barge, Josh Redman, and Roy Hargrove, Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Arnie Lawrence, and R&B band The Chesterfields.
The James Mahone Quintet includes some heavyweights. Pianist Glenn Pearson is the head of music studies at the College of Alameda. Trombonist Mitch Butler has led his own ensembles as well as participated in several jazz orchestras. Trumpeter Mike Olmos is a San Francisco resident who appears regularly with his own group and with those of others and played with the late Etta James. Bassist Joshua Thurston-Milgrom is a Stanford lecturer who has played in Chicago and Berlin. Drummer Claudio Rochat-Felix has worked as a sideman (and recorded with) the likes of Lauryn Hill, Jason Mraz, John Hicks and Gary Bartz.