After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.
If you are in the Boston area tomorrow, August 3rd, then join us for this next installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions with a special performance by José James and guest DJ, Anastasie. Doors open at 8pm at the beautiful Woodward at Ames. Entrance is FREE, but strictly RSVP only.
Our friends at AMG have dubbed Gregory Porter to be "up there with José James," as far as male vocalists in the amorphous genre called Jazz. You know how we feel about José James, and we're more than grateful to hear all this new male vocal talent.
Download the song "Pretty" from his album Water. "Love makes us all crazy," he says of this song. A soulful tribute to a woman from Porter's past, "Pretty" is an understated ensemble piece that is bolstered by the alto sax work of Yoske Sato.
Gregory Porter - "Pretty" from Water [MP3]
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"Lush Life," the jazz standard written by Billy Strayhorn and famously recorded by Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane is an iconic song for most jazz fans. In this video, the new vocal sensation José James discusses the importance of the song, from its original conception (by Billy Strayhorn in his teens) to its forward-moving musical nature.
After the explanation by James, treat yourself to his sublime version of "Lush Life," performed live with Belgian pianist Jef Neve. The song comes from their album on Impulse!, For All We Know, available in stores now.
"This record is all about capturing the moment," says Minneapolis-born, London-based singer José James of his new nine-track release, For All We Know. A collaboration between James and noted Belgian pianist Jef Neve, the album finds the charismatic young vocalist applying his warm, rich baritone to a sterling assortment of timeless jazz and pop standards. The result is an eloquently spare, effortlessly expressive set. James' vivid performances, paired with the intimate duo format, lend new emotional depth to such beloved classics as "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You," "Tenderly," "Body and Soul," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and George and Ira Gershwin's "Embraceable You."