James Francies Tickets | 2024-2025 Tour & Event Dates | GoComGo.com

James Francies Tickets


Events0 results

Filter By


James Francies (born 1995) is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in Houston but moved to New York to continue his musical studies. Following performances and recordings with various musicians, his first album as leader was released by Blue Note Records in 2018.

Early life
Francies was born in Houston in 1995, and grew up in South Park – what he called an "iffy" area of the city. He began having piano lessons at the age of five, and learning about jazz at junior high school. He went on to attend the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. He played at the church that his parents attended, and formed a jazz trio at the age of 14 that performed for three years.

At high school, Francies was awarded a series of jazz scholarships to aid his musical development. These helped him obtain a full scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.

Later life and career
While still a student in New York, Francies became a regular in drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts's band. He played piano on one track for Watts's album Blue, Vol. 1 around 2015. Performances and tours with other leaders, including saxophonist Chris Potter and guitarist Pat Metheny, followed. Francies came to the attention of Questlove, who used him as a stand-in for his regular keyboardist, including for television appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Francies roomed with pianist Aaron Parks for three years from 2015. Around 2016, he played on Watts's Blue, Vol. 2, Jaimeo Brown's Work Songs, Marcus Strickland's Nihil Novi, and Chance the Rapper's "No Problem". Francies is also part of vibraphonist Stefon Harris's Blackout, and played on that band's Sonic Creed album.

You are here
Top of page