Alfred James Band


Hey all of you awesome people! :)

We are SUPER excited to announce that we have been selected as a featured act for the Mantis Entertainment Showcase at the TROCADERO THEATRE (!!) in Philadelphia on Friday February 24th! This is a HUGE opportunity for us- and we would love if you could join us! This will also be our first FULL band show since our cd release last November and we can't wait! 

So- save the date and get your tickets in advance! - PS: WE HAVE DISCOUNT TICKETS!!! 
Shoot us a message and we will send them your way or put them on will call at the door! Venues like advance ticket sales...and if we can help them with that- then they'll like us too! :) 
If you do get your tickets through the Trocadero website- make sure you let them know at the door the night of the show that you came to see your favorite cello driven rock band :)

Don't miss us- cuz we'll miss you!!


Thank you to ALL who came out Friday night to celebrate the release of our new album Up Up Down Down!!! You seriously blew our minds- packing out the First Unitarian Church and absolutely flooring us with with your amazing love and support! We could not have done this without you...seriously. We are so incredibly grateful for fans, friends and family like you! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Stay tuned for new shows and tour dates- coming soon! This is only the beginning ...




Friday night we finally got to reveal the date and venue for the CD release concert of our new album- "Up Up Down Down"! And we can't WAIT!! We will be joined by the Philadelphia Boy's Choir, a chamber orchestra and FULL band for an amazing night in which we will perform our whole NEW ALBUM from beginning to end- featuring songs never yet heard LIVE! There may also be a few special GUEST APPEARANCES of some very special friends (both old and new!) of the Alfred James Band! Stay tuned for more details!  



8pm, November 11, 2016


The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 

2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

THANK YOU PHILADELPHIA for a fantastic show at World Cafe Live on Friday night! We had a blast sharing the stage with our friends from Atlas Gray for a great night of music making and fun! You all really made our whole summer...It's been a busy season for us- finishing our record (!?!) and traveling here, there and everywhere!...But playing for a room full of Philly fans and friends will always feel like home and we can't thank you enough for your love and support! 

See you all again soon!



SO EXCITED!!!- On September 9th at World Cafe Live we will officially be announcing the date of our CD release show(!!) and there will also be an album pre-ordering station at our merch tablel!!! See you there!



INTRODUCING... some new band members!!!
If you've come out to a show these past couple of months you may have noticed a few NEW FACES jammin' out with us! We'd like to take a moment to formally introduce our new friends who have jumped on the cello-rock band wagon and brought their own funky energy into the mix!
First of all, a little explanation regarding our apparent band member "rotation" if you will...As you may have noticed, our awesome devilishly good looking, mind numbingly talented guitarist Mr. Avery Coffee has been MIA as of late-- for the BEST POSSIBLE REASON! Apparently we share our good eyes and ears for talent and searing good looks with the inimitable Chubby Checker. Our good man has been picked up by the master himself for a bunch of tours over the course of this upcoming year, and as much as we will miss his face, his shredding, and ...bottomless stomach, we are more than happy to let Chubby borrow our Mr. Coffee for'll bring him back...RIGHT?!? Haha...We wish him the best and hope we'll still be able to steal him back from time to time! 
In the meantime, however...We have found ourselves some Mr. Coffee-approved players who are absolutely KILLIN'!!! Keep an eye out for these amazing musicians at an upcoming show and feel free to introduce yourselves! They may be nasty nasty shredders...but they won't bite! ;) 
Also, new in the mix- We've got the form of some really, really sick drummin' MACHINES- These guys are monsters folks...Check out Mr. Lionel Forrester Jr. and Mr. Brandon King on the drums! Come see either of them lay it down at an upcoming show! (See calendar for dates and details!)
You won't wanna miss 'em...cuz they'll miss you!
Greg Moore: Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Ismail Yusef-Ali Abdus-Salaam: Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Lionel Forrester Jr.: Drums
Branden King: Drums


We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all the amazing folks who joined us for our FIRST time performing in the lovely state of FLORIDA this past weekend! You all blew us away with your warm reception and great energy! Thanks to Ann O'Malley's in St. Augustine and to the Kilted Mermaid of Vero Beach for having us come and play! We had an absolute blast!

We would also like to extend a special thanks and shout out to our gracious host, Mr. Smokin' Joe Schauer- our Florida booking agent, tour manager, sound guy, and overall great friend!- you are THE MAN! - You really hooked us up!

We cannot thank you all enough-and definitely can't wait to be back soon! Stay tuned for more upcoming dates- including our first New England tour, a Jersey Shore extravaganza, and more! 


Don't miss us...cuz we'll miss you! 




P.S. Thanks again Florida friends! :)

We are so excited to announce that we will be returning to Cape May this August for the Chalfonte Hotel's Summer porch concert series on Wednesday August 10th! We had such a blast last year hanging out with all of you awesome people who decided to join us for a couple relaxing days in the sun- we have put together a sweet little deal with the lovely folks at the Chalfonte Hotel to accommodate our amazing fans for a discounted rate! ( See details below!) 

We encourage those interested to book your rooms now!- as it will be the busy season at the shore and accommodations will be more pricy and difficult to book closer to the date! 


Call the Chalfonte Hotel directly for booking inquiries! Their office is open from 9-4pm daily.


Package Deal #1:

$120/One night in a landside room with one full or two twin sized beds. Shared bath across the hall.


Package Deal #2:

$199/One night in a standard room with a full bed and a private bath.


Greetings and Happy Spring! (brrrrr!!!) 

We have a few really fun opportunities for you all to come out and hear your favorite cello rock band this month while also supporting some super duper great causes! :)

Sunday April 10th:

The New Leaf Club

Alfred James Band Supporting the Save Ardmore Coalition!! - 4pm
1225 Montrose Ave.
Rosemont, PA
610-525-1711 [map]
Price: $25 Adults, $15 Kids

- See more at:


Sunday April 17th:

Storm the Castle 5k Run and Dog Walk

Alfred James Band plays Storm the Castle 5k Run and Dog Walk! - 9:30am
Bala Cynwyd Park - 374 Trevor Lane
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
267-977-6937 [map]
Price: FREE!!!

- See more at:

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Alfred James Band plays a Wine Tasting @ the Highlands Mansion! 5-7pm
215-641-2687 [map]
Price: Call for reservations!: 215-641-2687

The Alfred James Band returns to Highland Mansion and Gardens for their annual wine tasting and fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th! Come out in support of fancy-pants parties and good wine! 

"The Highlands Historical Society and The Highland Hunt jointly sponsor a tasting of local wines and beer. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served to accompany the variety of offerings from local and regional vineyards and brew-pubs. A Silent Auction of sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, and gift baskets will be highlighted in the center hall. Fee charged. Please call for reservations."

- See more at:

We are so excited to announce we have FINISHED our second album!!!!!!! We absolutely cannot wait to share it with you all! We are looking at some release dates for THIS FALL!- STAY TUNED!!!

In honor of finishing our second album, we are offering our first album, Lucky if Easy for FREE on Noisetrade! 
Spread the word:
Discover awesome new music for FREE!

Here are some pics from our last studio session when we brought our album over to Milkboy Studios in downtown Philadelphia for one final mix down! :)


We are so excited to announce that the Alfred James Band will accompany a 10-day tour to Italy in July 2016, and you’re all invited!  We will be staying a few days each in Venice, Florence, and Rome, and will be playing shows in all three cities.  It hardly needs to be said, but we’re far from the only attraction—between July 8th and 17th, you’ll see Renaissance masterworks, visit the homes of great composers, and witness the iconic architectural legacy of the ancient Romans, all with both full-time and local tour guides.  There’s also a lot of unscheduled time for you to explore these beautiful cities and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at your leisure.


Check out the tour pamphlet attached below for booking details, etc.

We can't wait to explore Italy with you!


Ciao for now!







Introducing: "Sleep"- the first song released from our upcoming new album!

This is a song by composer Eric Whitacre which Alfred performed (all 16 voice parts and all 8 cellos!!!) with the words from Robert Frost's poem-Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. Enjoy!   

Spring is on it's way- And is bringing lots of fun, exciting news from AJB!!!!


March 5th:

The Alfred James Band will be receiving a RESOLUTION from the city of Philadelphia on Thursday, March 5th in honor of our recent first place win in the PHL Live Music Competition and ongoing endeavors to help the city create more opportunities for live music! We know this is not a show- but it is something we are SUUUPER excited about and would love to celebrate with you all :)



Thursday, March 5th 10AM



Philadelphia City Hall (Council Chambers)

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107


March 22nd: 



Also…You won't want to miss our upcoming show Sunday, March 22nd at the Ardmore Music Hall! We could not be more excited to share an amazing night of music making with all of you... and to share the stage with not one, but TWO very special musical friends of ours, Barnaby Bright and Jenn Bostic! :) 

Barnaby Bright:


Jenn Bostic:


Venue Contact: 


23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003






We can't even begin to express our gratitude to Councilman David Oh and his entire staff for making this such a wonderful experience for us!!!  

We'd also like to give a huge shout out to our illustrious judges!!

Here are some pictures from the night!!


We are sooooo incredibly honored to announce that the Philly Boys Choir will be singing on three songs for our upcoming album!!!  Here is a picture of Jeff Smith the director and Alfred going over notes for the arrangements :)

To our dear (very) patient fans! :)

The album is coming…the album is coming …We PROMISE! And it is sounding AWESOME! We will be doing some serious recording this month and we can't wait to share with you all the fun we've been having in the studio!!!



As you all know, we've been hard at work on our new studio album and we're pleased to announce that we're halfway done! We're looking at a spring / early summer 2013 release if all continues to go well! A huge thanks to our fantastic producer, Ian Cross, and to everyone who's been a part of this intense project. We think you'll be excited with the new material! Hopefully we'll get a few teasers up on the website soon... :)
You have 2, yes, 2!, opportunities to see Alfred James & Chris Despo perform at Burlap & Bean in Newtown Square this month! Chris Despo & his spectacular band will be there this Saturday night, 7/7! Show starts at 8:00 pm. BYOB. Get your tickets in advance at Alfred & Chris will also be doing a special performance with Ronstadt Generations (bring on the dualing cellos!) next Friday, 7/13! Show starts at 8:00 pm. BYOB. Get your tickets in advance at Hope summer is treating you well and we'll see you soon!
Work on the new AJB album is moving along nicely! We just started working on the 5th song (Dream Alone)... More info and hopefully some teaser tracks to come soon!
Our great friends Louise & Rich Uznanski are not only awesome people, but fantastic photographers who have taken some gorgeous photos of the band over the past couple of years! They've now combined a bunch of photos, music, and a great write-up on the band at: This is Part I of II, so stay tuned for the next one! Enjoy!
We are thrilled to be returning to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as an opener to The Philadelphia Orchestra's Rhapsody in Blue concert on Saturday, March 10th! Our show is 100% free to the public, so come out and say hello! 6:00 - 7:00 pm -- See you there!!
An update on our new album... we have 4 songs almost completed... Wait, Up Up Down Down, Forgotten, and Riki Tiki Tavi... the rest are in the works... We're taking our time with this one and working with some absolutely amazing, super talented people. If you notice fewer live shows this year it's because we're committed to getting this album finished and released in 2012 / early 2013. More soon!!
Alfred will be heading up to NYC with the Philly Boys Choir this Friday, December 23rd, for a performance on Good Morning America!!! He'll be accompanying the choir on cello!!! So much fun -- tune in and check it out!
Sunday, 9/18, we'll be doing a 2-set performance at this year's Chester County Restaurant Festival! Start time is 3:30 pm and we'll be stationed on the Gay and Darlington Street Stage in the center of West Chester! Enjoy some delicious food and music!!
AJB will be performing poolside in Swedesboro, NJ for the Jammin' Jules House Concert Series this Sunday, 8/21! 4:30 pm for a potluck dinner (don't forget to bring your favorite dish and a lawn chair!) and 6:00 pm for the concert! Please visit the link below for details on how you can get tickets, etc. We'll be playing poolside if the weather holds out - if not, we'll move the show indoors!
Alfred will be performing with his "gypsy" world music band, Gypsophilia, this Saturday evening, 8/20, at The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum in Philly (3819 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA). Doors open at 7:30 pm, tickets are $10, and the event is open to all ages! for details!
Our Circle of Friends concert at The Bank on Main in Riverton, NJ this Saturday night, 8/13, is SOLD OUT!!! Thanks to all who purchased tickets!!! For those of you who weren't able to get a seat, we'll be performing in Swedesboro, NJ next Sunday, 8/21, at the Jammin' Jules House Concert Series. Check the calendar page for more info!!
Better Days has been added to a heavy rotation schedule on Internet radio at Go to and choose the BYO radio station. Tune in and enjoy.
Check out this great article on about Alfred & our recent Burlap & Bean show!! Enjoy!!
We wanted to send out a big Thank You to our hosts & all who came out to our sold out show last night at Atlantic Cape Community College! What a super fun evening!! Tonight we'll be playing at Homegrown Cafe in Newark, DE -- 10 pm / full band! Delicious food (try the flowerpot of fries!)& drinks!
Alfred & Chris will be performing on Mics & Lights, a Univ. of Delaware student TV program on Monday night - 5/2 - from 9 - 10 pm. Tune in online!!
Check out this excellent article on Chris & his 2 sold-out CD release shows at Burlap & Bean last month!
As most of you know, our favorite red-headed guitarist, Chris Despo, released his solo album, I Am The Moon, this past weekend (3/26) to not one, but two sold out shows at Burlap & Bean Coffee in Newtown Square, PA. We highly urge you all to purchase this CD (produced by Alfred at Silvertone Studios). To put it as simply as possible, it's a work of art!
Last November Alfred and the band had the great honor of performing with piano great, Richard Cherubini at Cherubini Yacht's though Circle of Friends concerts. It's with sadness we share that Richard Cherubini, age 86 died yesterday. He became a professional musician at 17 when he played with Cole Porter and in his venerable career he has played with the Duke Ellington Band, Rosemary Clooney and many many others. The music world has truly lost a legend. In November, Alfred James coaxed Rich out of the audience to jam with him on stage. You can see a photo from the final performance right here, on the front page of our website. You can also check out some video of the show on our Facebook page at
Here's a link to Alfred & Pat performing Oh Little Town of Bethlehem on Good Morning America on Christmas Eve with the Philly Boys Choir! Enjoy!!
We have some very exciting news! Alfred James & AJB's bass player, Pat Brennan, will be accompanying the Philadelphia Boys Choir on Good Morning America this Friday, Christmas Eve! Tune in between 7 and 11 am! Happy Holidays from AJB!!
We'll be playing at our favorite local Philly haunt,, on Saturday, December 11th at 8 pm! We often sell out our B&B shows, so we highly recommend getting your tickets in advance and reserving yourselves a seat! Not only is Burlap & Bean a BYOB / All Ages venue, but they make the best Chai Tea on the planet! Brian Dolzani will be opening. Cheers & see you at the show!
After hearing us play our cover of Chris Isaaks Wicked Game for years at our live shows, you can finally listen to it wherever you want! With a weekend "off" Alfred recorded the song and we've posted it up on our Music page. Check it out and enjoy!!
We're honored to be performing at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Monday, August 30th for a Private Event with The Philadelphia Boys Choir. We have a limited number of tickets available to the public, so please e-mail Hil if you'd like to come out and see the show -
Visit our Official Facebook page - - to check out all of our latest photos and news!
AJB is thrilled to be performing on Wednesday, 7/14 (tonight!!) at the beautiful and historic Elkin's Estate in Elkins Park, PA - The event is hosted by Animus Music and we'll be joined by the amazing and talented John Grecia Band and Heidi Winzinger. Wow - it's going to be quite a night!! Tickets info and details at
Don't miss this one! We'll be doing a video shoot and celebrating Hil's Birthday all at once! Our last few Burlap & Bean shows have Sold Out, so we recommend getting your tickets in advance! See you on Saturday!!
We're thrilled to be heading back to Appel Farm for their First Fridays at the Gallery Series! Check out the details and get your tickets here... and check us out at... 8:00 pm, Appel Farm, Elmer, NJ
We're super excited to have been asked by the fantastic to perform for the pregame show for the opening game of the Philadelphia Independence - Philly's new professional women's soccer team!! Come on out and enjoy the music, the game, and a beautiful day!! And check out our music and discover new artists at!
Follow the link below and vote for Alfred James Band for Best Live Band for this year's Best of the Main Line!! Let's get it going!!! :) Thanks for your vote!!
Our 2/6/10 show at Barrington Coffeehouse has been POSTPONED due to the snow storm! We'll be rescheduling for a later (warmer) date, so stay tuned!! In the meantime, hunker down and enjoy a couple of snow days!! I see snow forts in our future...
2010 will hopefully bring a more organized year overall, but especially with the posting of AJB photos! All 2009 photos are now on our photo page -- check em out!
Thanks Will for writing this awesome review of our show at Swarthmore College on 11/12/09. The band had an amazing time and we were honored to share the stage with the fabulous Chaverim!! Can't wait to do it all again! In the meantime, check out this review!!
This past Sunday night (11/8), Alfred, Avery, and Chris headed over to the 93.7 WSTW studios for an on air performance and interview on Hometown Heroes - hosted by the excellent Mark Rogers. Check out the podcast of the show at Scroll down for the 11/8 show and listen! The guys played Dream Alone, Light of My Life, Up Up Down Down and Chris Despo's Don't Be Fooled...
After band mutiny due to our beloved Phillies and the World Series Game 2 occurring on the same night as an AJB show... our show tonight (Thursday, 10/29/09) at Milkboy Acoustic Cafe in Bryn Mawr has been postponed (to December probably)... Stay tuned for the reschedule date and GO PHILLIES!!!!!
Despite the rain and thunderstorms, our show tonight at Grounds for Sculpture - - is still ON! We'll be moving the performance indoors! See you there!
This coming Sunday, 8/16, we'll be performing Downstairs at World Cafe Live for the Earbuzz 10th Anniversary Show! Check out their site - and discover some fantastic new artists! Tickets are $10 at the door, but if you e-mail us (, we'll send you a voucher for $3 off your ticket!
For the latest tour, album, and insider AJB info, join our Facebook Group!
Alfred will be playing solo cello at Carnegie Hall on March 30, 2009 accompanying The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale (and singing too!) Ticket and event info can be found at:
Next up for AJB is an opening spot for the amazing GrooveLily at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Village Art Center and Adesha Village. Ticket and event info can be found at
A very special thanks to everyone who came out for our show at The Kimmel Center opening for Rufus Wainwright on Valentine's Day! You made it one heck of a spectacular evening, you helped us to sell out of CD's 3/4 of the way through our show, and we loved seeing our friends and fans old and new! Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!!!
We wanted to send a special thank you to XPN and Sleepy Hollow for playing our new instrumental, Sleep, on the show! If you like what you hear, please request Alfred James at!! Thanks!! :)
We are beyond excited about this one!!! We'll be an opener for Rufus Wainwright at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 14th! We'll be playing before and after the show in the Commonwealth Plaza... Details/ ticket info can be found at
On October 22nd Alfred and Reed did an acoustic show at The Kimmel Center following the Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) and Edgar Meyer concert for the Kimmel Center's new young professional's networking group - Forte. Check out some video here! also... Forte is a fantastic organization for music lovers! Check them out at
We wanted to thank all of our family and friends who came out to see us at Dogfish Head in Gaithersburg last night... and unfortunately never got to see us play since we weren't able to get there! We were really bummed about missing everyone... Sadly here's what happened... We got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the show that shut down I-95 for about 2.5 hours Sat. night. 2 motorcycles collided about 1/4 of a mile ahead of us, killing one motorcyclist and critically injuring another. It was a scary experience being that close to such a serious wreck - maybe Julie getting held up at the Wawa or the bathroom stop at the Maryland House was a blessing in disguise. Really puts things into perspective when you're that close to tragedy. So... thanks to everyone who came out and we'll be rescheduling the show, so stay tuned... Thanks also to the management and folks at Dogfish Head who were so understanding...
Thanks for that great F# to G... Alfred
More press! :) Our thanks to Will Bancroft for his article on AJB in Princeton's US1 newspaper. Check out the article here!...
Our thanks to Megan Sullivan at The Princeton Packet who did a cover story on AJB for the June 25th edition of the newspaper! Check out the full article here!... Check out this awesome Shout Out from our friend, Russ Starke, at in a review for the fantastic Ben Sollee's new album... Thanks Russ!!
Meadow Stage, 11:30 am Join us as Comcast presents the 20th Annual Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival on Saturday, June 7th, 2008 in rural Southern New Jersey for a perfect day filled with great music. The event also features Marc Cohn, They Might Be Giants, Suzanne Vega, The Smithereens, Vienna Teng, Enter The Haggis, Lucy Kaplansky, Red Molly, Christina Courtin, Matt Duke, and Nicole Reynolds. MCs: Michaela Majoun and Gene Shay of WXPN88.5. Children's Village, juried Crafts Fair and food vendors available. Bring blankets and lawnchairs. Coolers welcome. Assistive Listening Devices available. Tickets: $35.00-$45.00. Children 12 and under admitted free with an adult. Senior/Student/Military Discounts Available. For tickets/directions/information visit or call 800-298-4200. Located at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, NJ 08318 40 min. from Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE areas, 80 min. from Trenton, NJ and Baltimore, MD areas and 2.5 hours from the NYC and DC areas.
On Friday, May 9th, we have the honor of performing 4 of our songs, arranged for full orchestra, with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra for their Spring concert. Please visit for ticket information and show details. This is not one to be missed!
Our show opening for Over the Rhine at Sellersville Theatre this coming Thursday, 3/27 has been postponed until June. More details to come, but OTR's management just announced the need to reschedule the show... More soon on the new date & details!
We just found out that we were selected by XM Satellite Radio as one of the Elite 27 of 2007 - the top 27 unsigned artists of the year!!! Out of over 550 unsigned artists that received airplay on XMU this year, AJB is in the top 27! We're over the moon!!! Settle back with a warm cup of cheer, have XMU on while you're putting the finishing touches on the tree or baking cookies (can you tell AJB is in the spirit of the season?) and join us tonight for our National listening party for the Best of 2007 show on XMU 43 on XM Satellite Radio at 10:00 pm. Details below... XM RADiO will be featuring your music on the R>A>D>A>R REPORT BEST OF 2007 show at 10pm ET. The Radar Report re-airs every Friday at 2pm ET and Saturday at 6am ET. The show airs on: XMU, XM RADIO Channel 43, XM RADIO Online, Direct TV Channel 831 and on AOL XMU, XM 43, is located on XM SATELLiTE RADiO in the United States and Canada: or Listen tonight! We'll make it a Nationwide listening party!!!
We'll be performing at Appel Farm's Emerging Artist Series at their 1st Fridays at the Gallery Concerts tonight, Friday, December 7th at 8:00 pm in Elmer, NJ! Visit for more show details, concert information, and directions. We've been told that the room fills up quickly, so come on over a bit early, say hello and settle in for a wonderful evening!
It's up! Better Days is now up on YouTube from our performance on Backstage with Barry Nolan. Check it out here...
AJB is finally on YouTube! You can watch our National TV debut on Comcast CN8's Backstage with Barry Nolan here: We'll be posting our performance of Better Days soon... stay tuned!
We're making our National TV debut tonight, Monday, September 17th at 8:00 pm on Comcast, CN8 (it's channel 8 at our house!) on Backstage with Barry Nolan. 20 boys from the Philadelphia Boys Choir traveled up to Boston with us last week to do some background vocals and a song of their own... This is something you don't want to miss - AMAZING! If you miss the show tonight, you can check out the rebroadcast Tuesday morning (9/18) at 8:00 am and on On Demand - click Get Local - all week! Thanks for tuning in!
We're XPN 88.5's Philly Local pick of the day today, 8/30/07!!
Helen contacted us earlier this week to come in and record a couple of songs to be featured on her Philly Local show on WXPN next week! Alfred and Reed will be heading into the XPN studio on Friday, 8/31 before their performance at the Philly Song Shuffle that evening at World Cafe Live Downstairs!
Main Line Today Magazine (on newstands now!) did a article entitled "Turn up the Volume (Yes, the 'burbs really do have a music scene)" and featured Alfred James as one of their Artists to Watch! Check it out!
Talk about excited!! We just heard from the producers at CN8's Backstage with Barry Nolan (a nightly national entertainment program) and they asked us to come up to Boston to tape a performance and interview for the show!! We'll be taping September 14th up in Boston and we'll be in touch with details on when the show will air!!! Awesome!!!
After AJB's showcase at The Recording Academy's Independent's Day Music Conference in Philadelphia this past Saturday, Hilary & Alfred were asked to speak on the Management panel at the conference!! What an honor! We're officially Grammy panelists now! What a cool opportunity!!! It's opened up a few new doors for us too... more on that later...
Check out this awesome review/ write-up about our concert in Istanbul, Turkey! We played immediately following the Philadelphia Boys Choir concert for the Mayor of Istanbul (that's him on the right in the photo!). Super cool stuff!!
We just got back from our 2 week tour of Greece & Turkey (much more on that amazing journey later!) and found out that we were selected as the Artist of the Week on XM Satellite Radio's Radar Report!!! Take a look here... The show is aired nationally Thursday's at 10:00 pm!
We're officially off on our tour of Greece and Turkey! We'll be making stops in Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Delphi, Athens... See you in July!! Bon Voyage!!
Thanks to all who are helping us out with our tour of Greece and Turkey this June alongside the world renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale!! Checks should be made payable to the Philadelphia Boys Choir and can be mailed to: Alfred James Band 28 Simpson Rd. Ardmore, PA 19003. Thanks so much for your help in making this tour possible!!!
We just found out that we've won a contest put on by the Grammy Association! We've been selected to showcase at the opening night of a 4 part series featuring winners from the Grammy Association's singer/ songwriter contest! We'll be playing May 30th at Triumph Brewing Co. Old City Philadelphia. What an honor! Thanks Grammy's!!!
Due to circumstances out of our control, our La Salle show for Friday, April 27th has been postponed and moved to the Fall. But! We talked to our friends at Haverford College and we'll be playing there this Friday instead! Right after the Loony Tunes concert in Lundt Basement (around 10 pm). See you there! Check out all of the cool AJB merch that we now finally have for sale! So many of you have been asking about AJB t-shirts -- now you can get them in lots of styles and a whole lot more!!!
The Catherine J. Snow Stroke Foundation is producing a compilation, Musicians For Stroke Awareness, set to release July 2007. We're thrilled to announce that our song, Regina, has been chosen for the CD!! We're honored to be included on such a meaningful album! Check out the site and please join us in educating others about stroke awareness...
This summer we're packing up and traveling to Greece!! Lots more details to come as June draws near... we've got a busy spring ahead of us with fundraising events, lots of shows, and lots of planning!!! adio...
John Diliberto will be playing "Brother" on his national radio program, Echoes, on 88.5 WXPN Monday, January 15th (tonight!) and Sunday, January 21st! We met John at the Grammy's Holiday Party and he's fast become a great friend of the band! He's breaking the Echoes rule and playing an instrumental song from an album with vocals -- typically a no-no for the all instrumental program! We're thrilled and can't wait to listen!!
We just got back from a visit to Chaplin's and we had to let ya'll know what a beautiful room this is. Makes us even more excited for our show there on Friday, January 19th. It's an all ages, BYOB venue and we strongly strongly strongly recommend that you get your tickets in advance - this one's going to sell out!!!
Wishing everyone a safe & happy 2007! Let's make this another great one!!! Come out and see us in January... PUCK, 1/6, 8:30 pm -Doylestown CHAPLIN'S, 1/19, 8:00 pm -Spring City
Pick up a copy of this week's Play Magazine for a fantastic article on AJB and our show at the Grape St. Pub tonight, 11/30 - 10 pm on the Main Stage! And!!! Pick up a copy of the City Paper (Nov. 30th issue) and check out a full page ad featuring Alfred & his hot black cello for next weekend's Artists for Heat Benefit!!
Alfred & Hil will appear in a commercial airing on all Comcast channels, ABC, and NBC starting this week for the upcoming Artists for Heat benefit on December 9th! Look for us on TV (Hil's debut!) and check out for more info on this great cause!!
Ringtones for Better Days & Carry You Up are now available at!! Download them today for free!! More ringtones to come...
Some call it the Underground Grammy's, others call it the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and AJB has been nominated TWICE! Out of over 25,500 album submissions and over 350,000 songs, AJB has been nominated in 2 categories: Album of the Year - New Folk for Lucky If Easy & Song of the Year - New Folk for Airway Station. Alfred & Hil will be heading out to LA for the awards ceremony in early November! Yay!!! Just Plain Folks isn't just for folk music either -- it's a huge organization for everyone and anyone in the music industry & as they say... We're all in this together! Check them out!
We just received our new run of Lucky If Easy CD's -- newly remastered, newly redesigned, and with a "new" track! They're available at all of our shows now and will soon be available at the usual online spots --, iTunes,, etc.
Pay close attention to the commercials on AMC this summer! Alfred recently played cello for a new trailer for Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai (which is currently playing on AMC). Definitely something cool to listen closely to!
We're excited to announce that we're now booking college shows Nationally! Contact us to schedule a performance at your school for the Fall semester!!
Thursday, June 1st! Showtime is 8:30 pm. All ages! We're strongly urging you to buy tickets in advance through Milkboy's website - Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, and $14 for VIP front-row couch seating! Tickets are going fast, so reserve your spot now! See you tomorrow night!!
We're finally up on! Take a look at our new page at , be our friend, and send us your comments! We're still working on our page, so more updates coming soon!
We sure hope so! Like many of you, we're huge fans of the Dave Matthews Band. DMB is currently running a contest where fans get to vote for who they'd like to see open for DMB's 2006 Summer Tour. Please visit and vote for the Alfred James Band as one of 5 bands you'd like to see open for DMB this summer! This could be a tremendous opportunity for us, so please help us out and spread the word to your friends!!! Thanks everyone!!!
AJB is the featured artist on this month! Check out the interview with Alfred on this great online arts magazine!
Thanks to all of you who helped to make 2005 such a great year for us! Have a happy and safe holiday and we'll see you in 2006!
We had a fantastic time at the NACA Mid-Atlantic conference last weekend (despite the horrendous Lancaster weather)! We met a bunch of great students and we're looking forward to seeing ya'll at your schools very soon!! And a special thank you goes out to all our "old" friends who stopped by and said hello! It was a blast! Thanks!
Maker Maker has been included on the Oasis Acoustic Sampler, Vol. V. Put together by our favorite disc manufacturers, Oasis, the Sampler goes out to radio stations all over the country!
Alfred will be playing on NBC's 10! show this coming Monday, September 12th with local Philly artist Matt Santry! Check it out live, or set your TiVo, for Monday morning on NBC from 10 - 11 am!
Our thoughts are with the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as they begin to deal with the terrible and unimaginable destruction of Hurricane Katrina. In response to this disaster, CD Baby has started a program where artists can donate ALL profits from their CD sales to the Red Cross to help those whose lives have been devistated by the hurricane. Along with hundreds of other artists, AJB is happy to participate in this outreach. This is a great opportunity to help out.
Alfred will be performing on NBC's 10! morning show Friday, August 12th with up and coming hip hop artist Remy Hendrix. He's been doing some cello tracks for Remy's new album and it's bound to be a fun show! And... rumor has it that Stanley Clarke will be playing bass for the performance tomorrow morning (he's playing at The Mann Friday night with Bela Fleck!) Check it all out Friday morning - 10:00 - 11:00 am on NBC!!
We're counting the days until our show next Wednesday, August 3rd at Oxford Park! For directions, please visit or e-mail Kevin Hanson will be joining us for the first all AJB show of Summer '05! This one's not to be missed! See you in the park!
NPR has selected Better Days as one of their featured songs on this week's edition of their online music show, All Songs Considered. Please visit from July 6th - July 13th and vote for Better Days!! Thanks - this is an honor!
We're excited to announce that Kevin Hanson (formerly of the band Huffamoose) will be joining Alfred James for some shows this Summer and Fall... his first will be our August 3rd show at Lower Gwynedd Township Park -- we can't wait!!!
Lucky If Easy and AJ will be the featured album/ artist on Whole Wheat Radio - our favorite Alaskan music source - on Monday, July 11th. Check them out at and check us out, "live" from Alaska, on the 11th!
Better Days was Helen Leicht's Pick-of-the-Day on 88.5 XPN last Wednesday, April 6th! Thanks to all who've been requesting and keep up those requests at Thanks!!!
Alfred and Josh will be performing at The Kimmel Center next Wednesday, April 6th for The Philadelphia Songwriter's Project's Tribute to Gershwin. The show starts at 6:30 pm and there's an excellent group of Philly musicians participating in the event. And as a bonus, Alfred and his cello made the front page of The Kimmel Center's website as a part of the event's promotion. Take a look at and click on Alfred for more details on the show!
For those of you who checked the site today and saw that Lucky If Easy wasn't on CD Baby's front page anymore, don't be alarmed! Every couple of days they pick 1 album out of 100 new releases to feature, so the site changes often. We're considering ourselves Lucky to be singled out like that... Thanks CD Baby! And you can still read their awesome review on our Press page or at
The number one online distributor of independent music, CD Baby, has featured Lucky If Easy on the front page of their website and has given the album an awesome review! Take a look at or visit our Press Page! We can't thank the great folks at CD Baby enough for all they do for independent music...
Airway Station was played on Deleware's 93.7 WSTW's Hometown Heroes (airing on Sunday nights from 9-11 pm) for the 2nd week in a row! Check out the show this Sunday night and request away!!
Exciting news!! Our CD Release Party at The Point SOLD OUT in advance!! We would like to thank all of you who attended and helped out with what for us was a historic night. We would also like to thank The Point for being so gracious to our friends and fans. And for those of you who weren't able to attend the CD release party, we're having a couple of "best of the rest" shows at Triumph Brewing Co., New Hope on Sat. March 19th and at The Grape Street Pub (acoustic room) on Thurs. April 7th (see the Calendar for details)!
Thanks to all of you who requested Better Days on XPN! It was the pick of the day on the Leicht Lunch today! Thanks!!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season! We wanted to take a break from mixing the album to thank all of you for making it another great year for AJB... Thanks so much for all of your support! Keep well and take care of each other!
We're really excited to be heading down to Dewey Beach for the Festival! We'll be playing at the Lighthouse on Thursday, September 30th at 10pm. So watch the presidential debate in the evening and then head on out to the Lighthouse!
We just added a link to on our Links page for all of you interested in buying a copy of our "old" CD, Silvertone Sessions! Enjoy!! Also... news for the big benefit we're planning will be coming very very soon... we have a date and we're planning away! Stay tuned...
Our producer Scott Stalone lost his studio "Found Sound" to a flood last night in Manayunk. You might have caught him on the 10pm news tonight. Anyway the water came up to about 5', destroying most of his equipment and his entire vintage record collection. Unfortunately two of our songs for the upcoming album, "Rear View Mirror", and "Maker Maker", ended up floating in the grime. Scott is trying to salvage his Hard drives at present. The band went by yesterday to help with the cleanup. (It was really gross!) We will keep you updated and let you know if there will be any fund raising event. (Scott's flood insurance was cancelled when his policy was sold to another company, unbeknownst to him.) Scott is a really great guy and the best producer we have ever worked with. Just e-mail the band (Hilary) if you would like to offer your support.
Better Days has been Helen Leicht's Pick of the Day 3 times in as many months... and we want more! Please visit and request it!! Thanks!!
Thanks for all of your feedback about the old site. We are beta testing this new site design program for Hostbaby. Let us know what you think!!

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