welcome to, the online home of jazz composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist James Witherite. Follow the links above to find out more about James's compositions, live appearances in a variety of settings and styles, recordings, music engraving and transcription services, and a life completely separate from the organ as well . . . Thanks for visiting, and come back often!

mission statement

"Good, honest music" isn't just a clever tag line.  It's a mission statement, it's a way of life, and it's a promise.  In an age where ulterior motives run rampant and "good enough" has largely become the benchmark, I still go the extra mile--delivering authentic music at a high quality--and I assure you the difference is apparent.  Be it original jazz with my Modern Organ Trio, fresh interpretations of 1970s Top 40, or print music for a variety of ensembles, I refuse to disappoint.  The quality will keep people coming back, and my versatility and fluency will keep the music fresh. -jw


James's newest effort with the Trio, "Please Do Not Clap On One And Three", is now available via Bandcamp, CD Baby, and iTunes! For a taste, listen to "35th and Archer" by clicking the "play" button below, and follow the Shop link to buy the new record!

You can hear "Please Do Not Clap On One And Three" on the following radio stations:

WNJR (Pittsburgh), WAER (Syracuse), WVIA (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), KUNM (Albuquerque), (on the World Wide Web), and more!


What better backdrop for fine Italian cuisine than live jazz? James (keys) and Jonathan Whitney (drums) continue their duo project jw2 on either the first or second Wednesday evening each month at Roma Italian Ristorante, located on the southern edge of Dover just off Bay Road, and conveniently off exit 95 on DE 1. Visit their website at, and their Facebook page here.

Update: 2015 dates are now posted on the Live page!


Audio clips are now available on the Discography pages! It's as easy as ever now to "try before you buy" James's CDs; just click on the Discography link above, follow the links to the albums, and hear samples on the respective pages. copyright (c) 2014 james witherite music. all rights reserved.
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