James ( Jamie) Dubberly is a lecturer at CSU Stanislaus in low brass. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Georgia, and a Masters degree in music from The Hartt School of Music ( University of Hartford), where he also participated in a doctoral program, and was on the faculty as an adjunct, part time instructor. James is a versatile performer, teacher, and composer and has enjoyed a performing and teaching career that spans many styles and genres. While doing graduate work at the Hartt School, James became increasingly interested in jazz and improvisational music and wound up in an ensemble led by Steve Davis, trombonist at the time with Art Blakey’s jazz messengers, and faculty member at The Hartt School. Exposure to the jazz program at Hartt, led by legendary alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, led to a further pursuance of jazz and the African-American music tradition for James. In 1997 , Dubberly moved to New York City, where he soon was performing with a wide variety of jazz and latin ensembles, including the Art Lillard Big ( “heavenly”) Band, Brooklyn Big Band, Bill Warfield Big Band, Lew Anderson Big Band, Luis Blasini, Neil Kirkwood’s “discovery” Orchestra, George Gee Big Band, Carol Sudhalter Big Band, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra and many others.
Since moving to California in 2003, James has performed with many bay area jazz groups, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, Mike Vax Big Band, and several salsa groups including award -winning “Avance”, of which he is a current member. James has performed with many notable salsa soneros since coming to the Bay Area, including Frankie Vasquez (Soneros del Barrio), Willie Torres ( Spanish Harlem Orchestra) and platinum selling artist Tony Vega. James has also performed with many of today’s top jazz and latin artists including Pete Escovedo, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo O’Farrill, Alan Harris, Endel Dueno, Karl Perazzo, Louis Romero, Jimmy Greene, Essiet Essiet, Wayne Escoffrey, Kenny Rampton, Marc Gross, and Doug Beavers, and many others.
James has toured four continents, and over 20 countries with ensembles ranging from chamber music, symphony orchestras, broadway style “pit” orchestras, to salsa and latin jazz. He performed on national and international tours of several broadway productions, including “Five Guys named Moe”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “How to succeed in business without really trying”, “Grease”, “West Side Story”, and “ A Chorus Line”. Having recently become enamored with latin jazz, James has formed his own band -“Orquesta Dharma” , which showcases his writing and arranging talents, and is currently in the recording process for a soon to be released CD. James has also recently started a jazz vespers concert series at the First United Methodist Church of Modesto, of which he is also a member.