Video: Jose James – “Trouble” (Live on Letterman) + NPR Stream of ‘No Beginning No End’

 

Jose James yesterday performed on Letterman and released an NPR stream for his upcoming album on Blue Note Records called No Beginning No End. Those listening will find the music low key, approachable, and sensual per usual. Jose also adds about his approach this time:

“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.”

The Letterman performance featured a lively band and an energetic James ready to reach listeners with a unique fervor and buoyancy. That man was happy as hell to be on stage – and we were honored to watch.

No Beginning No End drops on January 22. And on January 23, be sure to catch Jose at his album release show on in NYC that kicks off his tour!

Tour Dates
Jan. 23 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Jan. 24 – Howard Theatre – Washington DC
Jan. 26 – Scullers – Boston, MA
Jan. 29 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10-Mar. 6 – Asia & Australia Tour
Mar. 8 – San Jose Jazz WinterFest – San Jose, CA
Mar. 9 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
Mar. 10 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 12 – The Del Monte Speakeasy – Los Angeles, CA

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New Release: Paloma Faith – ‘Fall To Grace’

 

The sassy and larger than life miss Paloma Faith today releases her new album, Fall To Grace, with an album cover posting a stunning grandeur to match. Cozy up to the album sampler above and get to know the bright star in the making.

Also, yesterday Paloma made quite the splash on David Letterman with her performance of “Picking Up The Pieces” – watch below.

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Interview: Alecia Chakour to Play Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on July 29

 

Our lovely comrade Alecia Chakour is going to be playing Rockwood Music Hall this coming Sunday, July 29 – so to celebrate, we thought what better than to catch up with our talented young lady?!

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
Sunday, July 29
10PM

Tickets: $10
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Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

Giant Step: How’s it been to tour around with such incredible musicians such as The Warren Haynes Band, Nigel Hall, and Soulive? Any learnings and valuable experiences you’ve picked up?

Alecia Chakour: It is a serious blessing to have found a musical family that is so full of fire and total love for what they do and who they do it with. I get to be a part of this big supportive community where I can stretch out, open up, listen and be completely myself in the music. I’ve learned in that openness to truly trust myself, which allows me trust and love the folks I’m surrounded by. Also, I’ve learned the three magic words: sweat, talent, humility.

GS: What about being on Letterman with the crazy amazing Allen Stone? What’s he like to work with?

Alecia Chakour: I just got back from rehearsal! Allen has a real unique power to him… so naturally soulful, warm and full of positivity. I love that I get to make music with such a diverse range of artists, and he is certainly something special in the bunch.

GS: We know you’ve got a local show coming up at Rockwood on the 29th, how are you feeling about bringing it back home? What can we expect to hear at the show, what’s the energy going to be like?

Alecia Chakour: I’m so excited to get cooking with this crew! The band – my brother Alex, Neal Evans (Soulive), Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine/Yellowbirds) and Miles Arntzen (Antibalas) – they are a dream team. They connect to that dynamic, loose, bluesy vibe but bring such originality and excitement to the music. It’s been a while since we’ve played together, and this feels like the perfect way to get things moving… very up close and personal. We’ll be trying out a lot of new tunes that we’ll be recording soon with the rest of the fam, so I’m excited to share.

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New Release: Norah Jones – ‘Little Broken Hearts’

 

Miss Norah Jones’ new album, Little Broken Hearts, is now out! The post-breakup album shows a different, edgier side of Norah with a darker undertone compliments of Danger Mouse’s production.

Below, find a video of Norah performing the title track on Later with Jools Holland and after the jump, find the video for “Happy Pills.”

Tonight, folks can live stream a performance on Letterman. Tomorrow, Bowers and Wilkins will host a listening event for Little Broken Hearts at The Box in NYC.

 

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Watch “Happy Pills” after the jump

Video: The Robert Glasper Experiment on David Letterman + NYC Release Show Photos

 

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Chitter chatter continues following the back to back murderation at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday and Wednesday compliments of The Robert Glasper Experiment. A momentous occasion it is with Black Radio topping iTunes pop charts and getting itself onto the likes of David Letterman. Above, you can watch the Letterman performance of “Always Shine” featuring Bilal and Lupe Fiasco.

Below, find the photo slideshow from the ridiculously breathtaking release shows at the Highline Ballroom, which have been described as “spiritual” by more than a few.

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