"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch). 

James Hammel & Friends, is currently booking events and private parties as well as working on a their next project release. Here's what people are saying about James and his fellow musicians...

A COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: "James Hammel & Friends were highly professional and played excellent jazz and blues music! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to host a relaxing, smooth jazz event!!!" - Sonya C. Williamston, SC 

A FESTIVE WEDDING RECEPTION: "Fantastic Band!! James Hammel & Friends played for our wedding reception and we could not have picked a more perfect band for the occasion. They are very talented musicians and were extremely professional throughout the evening. I would highly recommend James Hammel & Friends." - Theodore, Groom, Knoxville, TN 

BEST WEDDING BAND EVER!: "James Hammel & Friends are the most perfect band for any occasion! They played at our wedding. Their jazzy, funky, contemporary vibe was timeless. Every age group could relate. All the band members were professional and kind and incredibly talented. We will hire them again and again for future entertainment and always recommended them. They are worth their weight in gold—hands down! So incredibly pleased!" - Margaret, Asheville, NC 

A MAJOR FUNDRAISER: "It was a pleasure working with James setting up and suggesting back and forth what we wanted for our annual fundraiser and auction event. Professional all the way and easy to communicate back and forth prior to the event. The music provided was everything we expected and more with attendees into their music while the Taste and Wine event proceeded. No one seemed to want them to stop but in the end the event was over and we all left enjoying the music from that night." -Mark S, Maggie Valley, NC 

A COUNTRY CLUB GATHERING: "James was truly professional and our members really loved his music. He communicated in a timely fashion and reached out to confirm the event. We look forward to having him back!" - Liz, Event Planner Asheville. NC 

AN ELEGANT PRIVATE PARTY: "James performed solo with his guitar at our party. From the moment the party began to the very end, his music set the ambiance and crooner vibe I was looking for. It really helped create a truly positive and uplifting experience for our guests. A wonderful evening of entertainment. Thank you James!" — - LM 

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: "James was wonderful. His voice was great and they performed exactly what we needed. It was a hard time for our family but he really made it easier!! BOOK THIS GUY!! You won’t regret it." Katy S., Asheville, NC 

A NC BREWERY: "James Hammel & Friends perform weekly at our brewery and it's been our best day of the week for seven years! Great voice, guitar playing, and energy. The addition of a variety of excellent musicians and a truly diverse song list make having James truly wonderful." John G., Asheville, NC 

A MAJOR HOTEL AND TOURIST ATTRACTION: "James performs regularly for our customers who visit this hotel and dine here. Without exception, we have heard nothing but wonderful feedback on the quality and diversity of his music. Everyone loved James and his music!" Cora, Asheville, NC 

Here is a link to our current James Hammel & Friends Song List.

Interested in booking an event or private party? James performs solo, as a duo with saxophone, a trio adding bass, adding drums, a quintet adding piano, and other options including female singers and a percussionist as needed. Please visit our Contact page.