Meet Your NYSMusic Staff: Writer James Corbett


James Corbett joined in early 2013. As a student at Syracuse University, he began reviewing shows at The Westcott Theater. He is also an alto saxophone player and loves funk and jazz music. He performs with his band, The Monk, which was started at Syracuse University. Raised on classic rock, he’s also a passionate vinyl collector. He likes to go all out on Record Store Day each year, purchasing as much new and exclusive vinyl releases as possible. His favorite acts to see live are Phish, Lettuce and Soulive. These three acts seem to always push the boundaries of both concert production and improvisation and that’s what makes them worth seeing time and time again.

In addition to his love for live music, he also enjoys all racquet sports, snowboarding, climbing and ultimate Frisbee. James is an aspiring music industry professional that is majoring in Music Business at Syracuse. He has previously worked at music festivals and venues in the tri-state area and hopes to continue to keep music at the forefront of his life. Traveling is also one of his favorite things to do, as he has spent college semesters in both London and Los Angeles studying music and the music industry. During his overseas excursion he visited The Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and France.

Since he’s only been an avid concert goer for about five years, James has plenty of acts to see on his musical bucketlist. He hopes to get an opportunity to see Daft Punk, Radiohead, Phoenix, Shpongle’s full live set, Marcus Miller, Modest Mouse, Jamie xx, Mutemath and Nine Inch Nails. If he could turn back time, he’d want to see The Grateful Dead, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, The Meters original lineup, Gangstarr, Cannonball Adderley, The Ramones, Pink Floyd and Binary Star. As far as events go, James would like to attend Coachella, Bonnaroo, Bowlive at The Brooklyn Bowl and South By Southwest.