Canterbury Christ Church University James Dean

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Canterbury Christ Church University James Dean

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Mr James Dean

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Music and Performing Arts

Campus: Broadstairs

Tel: 01843 609169

Profile summary

James is a Principal Lecturer and is the Study Lead for the suite of programmes at the Broadstairs campus which includes the Commercial Music, Creative Music Technology and Music Production programmes.  James teaches modules relating to live and studio performance, improvisation and jazz, as well as supervising students taking the Independent Study module.  He also teaches electric guitar and has run a number of the staff-run groups such as Funk Ensemble, Prog-Rock and Fusion. In addition, he coordinates the weekly schedule of gigs at the Broadstairs campus.

James performs regularly with a wide range of groups and artists. Some recent examples include recording for Arcelia, Conehead Records, Expansion Records and with pop artist Dane Bowers – with music producer Greg Fitzgerald (who has co-written with and recorded artists such Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Jessica Simpson). James has performed at the Indigo2 at the O2 arena supporting the band Chic and has performed with some of the UK’s top session musicians including Claire McInerney (Bon Jovi, Westlife, Kylie Minogue, Michael Buble), Simon Willescroft (Duran Duran, Jamie Cullum, Katie Melhua), Pete Cater (Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum), Clive Dunstall (Sting), Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, Santana, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton), Noel McCalla (Manfred Mann) and Gary Barnacle (Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Phil Collins).

Previously James has been active as a guitar arranger/transcriber. A selection of these are listed below:

Jeff Buckley – Grace and other songs

U2 – All that you can’t leave behind

Nick Drake – Way to blue: an Introduction to Nick Drake

Oasis – Standing on the shoulders of giants

The Stereophonics – Performance and cocktails

Iron Maiden – Brave New World

Research and knowledge exchange

James’ research interests are primarily in improvisation technique and approaches, particularly in relation to the guitar and its use in jazz and fusion styles.  Recent research has concentrated on the style of guitarist Pat Metheny focusing on the relationship between muscle memory and improvisation.  This research resulted in an article recently published in Jazz Perspectives (Routledge), listed in Taylor and Francis online ‘most read 2015’: