James McGowan

Pianist, Composer, Music Theorist, Educator


A jazz-fusion quartet led by pianist and composer James McGowan, with Alex Moxon on guitar, JP Lapensee on bass, and Jamie Holmes on drums; collaborations with Mike Tremblay, Wayne Eagles, and Michael Hanna.

Piano Performance

Solo and collborative projects. Since the 2020 pandemic began, James has been performing weekly Facebook live-streamed solo concerts, featuring improvised music (jazz and other genres). During normal times, he also performs with groups including EvenSong Quintet.

Composition and Arranging

Award-winning composer of orchestral works, choral compositions and arrangements, chamber music, electronic music, art songs, music theatre, and jazz-fusion. PDF copies of some of these compositions are available at this link.

PLACE & Community Music

PLACE (Performative Learning & Artistic Communities of Engagement) is an initiative led by Chair of Teaching Innovation James McGowan to help Carleton students engage with music and the arts in both their curricular and extracurricular activities to promote academic success, connection and community belonging as well as good mental health and wellbeing. 

Jazz Theory Research

Dr. McGowan is the editor of the Jazz Theory Bibliography, a searchable online resource for research in jazz theory, which is hosted at Carleton University, in the School for Studies in Art & Culture. He has also published in the fields of Jazz Theory and Community Music. 

Carleton Music 

Associate Professor of music, Supervisor of Performance Studies, and Assistant Director of Jazz Camp at Carleton University, teaching music theory, musicianship, counterpoint, composition, jazz, and community music. Follow links for more info about concerts, events, and the Music program.

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