The latest Mahjong solo project this time features the collaboration of James Thompson (from Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari), singer, saxophone player from LA, able to become a nutty storyteller in “The Professor Of House”, who wanna learn about the history of the house-music ? All surrounded by funky-house filtered licks and grooving electric bass lines. You can't help but bob your head to this thing. Let's you get in touch with your inner soul brother (or sister). Love it!

James Thompson – Lead Vocal

My name is James Thompson. I love music, I think everybody loves music and I would to share with you some of my thoughts.I grew up in some interesting times, being a teenager in the 1960’s in California. I was listening to everything and anything, soul, R & B, rock, jazz, pop and blues. Back then they were playing all the music on AM radio. All styles, genres and artists were played on one station.I was profoundly influenced by this music, and also the turbulent times in the Americas of the 60’s. And the times were changing fast. I started playing the alto sax in the school band in 1966 at the age of 15, after 3 years of playing the clarinet.In 1973, I left the university and went on the road with a group of musicians that were school buddies.We were young and crazy, and we traveled a lot; mainly playing the west coast and Canada, but also in Japan, where I played with the Platters, the Olympics (another 50’s group) and Edwin Starr “WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?”.In 1978 me and a friend named Steve formed the fusion group “Squash”. We played jazz and underground venues in southern and central California.In 1980 and 1981 I recorded on 2 records by Andy J. Forest.I would eventually come to Italy in 1983, on tour with Andy’s band. Four years would pass before I would return to the States.In the years I have lived in Italy.  I’ve had  the opportunity to play and record with some great artists and musicians like Zucchero, Paolo Conte, Stadio, Spagna, Jestofunk, Mingardi, Timoria  to name a few.I’ve had also participated in some great music Festivals and venues, like Montreaux Jazz Festival, Rock am Ring in Germany, the House of Blues in L.A., the Kremlin, Royal Albert Hall, Pavarotti and Friends, and more.