James O’Donnell was on the ground floor of the Sun Messengers but eventually his desire to travel took him around much of the globe. He started in New York City then in Mexico City, eventually becoming a bandleader on cruise ships which took him to the Caribbean, the Alaskan Panhandle, both the French & the Italian Riviera’s, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, through Scandinavia to Russia as well as several trips crossing the Atlantic. Often he backed guest artists including Freddy Cole.
He then came home to start a family and has built a name for himself around town as an original trumpet stylist as well as an engaging singer. As a family man, the holidays are always a big deal for him so putting this collection together was an obvious choice.