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Layton "Skip" James is at home at the keyboard and has been the principal keyboard artist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 41 years. The Hudson resident will perform at The Phipps Center for the Arts on Sept. 19. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Life's paths gave James a few turns

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Anyone who has met Layton "Skip" James knows his passion for music runs high.

James showed talent early in his life.

"My dad, born in 1910, wanted to be a pianist," said James. "But my grandfather encouraged him to become an engineer." James' grandmother was a professor of music so he was exposed to music from birth.

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