Featuring the mighty Shuggie Otis, the mesmerizing Jose James, and the stage-wrecking Hiatus Kaiyote, our SummerStage presentation this year is a true testament to the breadth of Giant Step's heritage. And if that weren't enough, DJ OP!, one of our favorites, will be setting the tone in the very best way to help set things off.
Be sure to join us on August 11 for a day of family fun in NYC!
SummerStage w/ Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, & DJ OP!
Sunday, August 11
Central Park SummerStage
72nd Street Entrance, Mid-Park
New York, NY 10023
Today we've got some more photos from the Jose James album release show for No Beginning No End last week. Along with a bunch of new live photos, we've also got some exclusive backstage shots thanks to photographer Janette Beckman.
Last night, Jose James packed a full shoulder to shoulder crowd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC for his No Beginning No End album release show. An eager and attentive crowd would go from standing still in awe to happily grooving, switching in intervals throughout the performance - Jose surely knows how to captivate.
The first half of the show was naturally focused on the new album and material, with Jose gliding across stage and outpouring the euphoria of the moment he felt through that gorgeous voice of his. Then, with a tender and somber Amp Fiddler cover that many assumed would be the final encore, Jose transitioned in a whole second half of the show.
"Park Bench People" was his segue into his older catalog, a song he performed with a proud nostalgic fervor and familiarity as the crowd lit up in cheers with similar sentiments. Jose also sprinkled much of his performance with charming human turntable interludes, "scratching" and "mixing" the song with just his voice. The ante got upped towards the end of the show where he invited Taylor McFerrin to join in on the human turntablism with his impeccable beatbox - the pair were visibly in another land as they vibed back and forth.
Jose also took the time to announce to the audience that him and his wife are expecting a baby girl. The glowing father to be then dedicated a song to his two ladies. It was a beautiful night all around.
The day is finally here for the new Jose James album, No Beginning No End. The work introduces Jose to a more universal audience through his graceful and astute plays with varied styles and genres on the album. He weaves together a sound that is so much more than just jazz and like Robert Glasper did with Black Radio, creates a bridge to help build a new musical frontier.
The star collaborators on the album help it sparkle and shine only more. Producer/bassist Pino Palladino, Glasper, Emily King, Hindi Zahra, and Kris Bowers are just a few of the talents that have helped transcend this project to its highest heights. In case you missed the NPR stream, definitely do kick off your shoes and take a little afternoon break for a listen - you won't be disappointed.
Also, read the recent New York Times article to get a closer look at Jose's journey and the path that led him to where he is today.
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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