José James Presents No Beginning No End, In Association with Giant Step
Wednesday, January 23
Highline Ballroom, New York NY
We are proud to announce a unique event celebrating No Beginning No End, José James' full length label debut on Blue Note Records. Get ready to explore an intimate set with José's own intoxicating blend of jazz, hip hop, and R&B featuring his soulful and poignant voice.
No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James’ transcendent voice. It marks a new chapter in the artistic journey of the 33-year-old singer/songwriter. Gilles Peterson got an early listen to the album and immediately took to Twitter to declare it "a landmark" likening it to "Smokey Robinson for the new generation."
Conceived, recorded and produced independently, the album is James' most personal statement yet and boasts collaborators including noted producer/bassist Pino Palladino; pianist/composer Robert Glasper; R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist Emily King; international French-Moroccan singing star Hindi Zahra; and the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition winner pianist Kris Bowers.
“No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now, I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.”
Check Out José's exclusive interviews hosted by Robert Glasper