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1989, My year of big decisions. I decided that I would move to Paris, France to truly concentrate on the different ideas and projects that I wanted to do for the Contrabass.
In my first year in Paris, I concentrated on my trio music of piano, bass and drums doing some radio broadcasts from Radio France as well as touring with the trio. There were also concerts and recordings with such artist as Pharoah Sanders (" Welcome to Love" and "Moonchild"--Timeless Records), Barney Wilen (French Movie Themes), Lavelle (Tribute to Nat "King" Cole). I also decided to start my group known as the Stafford James Project. The "project" was started to really show the contrabass in all of its facets. Firstly, in 1990, the "project" had two trumpets with rhythm section. The trumpets were Freddie Hubbard and Flavio Boltro. There were memorable concerts, in particular, the Ivrea Jazz Festival in Italy.

In 1991 I performed with the National Ukrainian Orchestra of LVOV. There was a recording made on the Audophon label of the music of Igor Stravinsky, "Firebird". The International Red Cross also played an important role in its co-sponsorship.
Later I went on tour with the Freddie Hubbard "All-Stars".







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