Interview: Jose James on Blue Note Signing & 5/11 NYC Show


In anticipation of his show at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) tomorrow and his recent signing to Blue Note, we caught up with the heart-melting José James to get the latest on some very exciting developments. After hearing more about what Jose has to say about No Beginning, No End as well as the LPR show – we’re just about losing it with excitement!

Details for the show are below. Also, enter our contest to win tickets to tomorrow’s show.

Giant Step: Congratulations on signing with Blue Note! How does it feel?

Jose James: It feels fantastic – it’s a dream come true. Blue Note is everyone’s favorite classic jazz label and it’s exciting to bring something fresh to the legacy.

GS: What can we expect on the new album? And what excites you most about this new project?

JJ: First of all, the new album features Pino Palladino – the legend! Truly an honor to work with him. Chris “Daddy” Dave, Robert Glapser, Hindi Zahra, Richard Spaven, Emily King – it’s a stellar cast. It’s a mix of soul, R&B, gospel, jazz, and singer-songwriter. It’s truly a deeper look into who I am as an artist, outside of just jazz. I co-wrote with many of the artists above, as well as Fink and Amp Fiddler. I feel this is a definitive album for me and so far my best work. It’s been two years in the making! Sonically it’s way ahead of my other albums and I have engineers Brian Bender and Russ Elevado to thank for that.

GS: When can we hear No Beginning, No End – when does it drop?!

JJ: Well I just signed, so now we’re doing photoshoots and planning videos. Definitely will drop some new music this fall – stay tuned at for updates! In the meantime, I’m showcasing new material in my live shows and will start touring worldwide.

GS: What can folks look forward to at this show?

JJ: I got Taylor McFerrin with me – he’s so amazing. Emily King special guest, and a fantastic band: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Andy Hunter trombone, Samora Pinderhughes keys, Ben Williams bass, and Nate Smith on drums. We keep it funky and real soulful!

GS: Any other special news you’re able to share with Giant Step fans?

JJ: Look out for remixes and vinyl – this is the album you’ve been waiting for.

Event Details
José James with Special Guests, plus Taylor McFerrin

Friday, May 11, 2012
Doors 7pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
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This Friday: Giant Step Presents José James with Special Guests, plus Taylor McFerrin and Ticket Contest

We are very proud to have Brooklyn-based vocalist Jose James perform this coming Friday, May 11th at Le Poisson Rouge. Joined by special guests, Jose will showcase new material from his forthcoming album, No Beginning, No End. Also, don’t miss Taylor McFerrin, whose debut full-length, Early Riser, is due out on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label this Fall.

Advance tickets are still available and you can enter our contest here.

Doors open at 7 PM

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The Harlem Stage Presents Jose James 1/10 – 1/11 + Ticket Contest and Pictures of James’ Secret Show at Rose Bar

Jose James will be presenting material from his upcoming album No Beginning, No End on February 10th and February 11th at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

Enter our ticket giveaway contest on Facebook.

His recent projects include guest performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s “A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn” at Rose Theater, as well as touring internationally with McCoy Tyner’s .” He was recently voted 2011 “DownBeat Critics Poll”.

The Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave. at W. 135 St.
New York, NY 10031
212) 281-9240 x19

Friday February 10th & Saturday February 11th
7:30PM & 9:30PM

$20 Members / $25 General For More Info

On January 15th, Jose James performed a very private show at Rose Bar, co-organized by Giant Step and Gramercy Park Hotel.

100 lucky people had the opportunity to attend that intimate session where  Jose James  performed with his four-member band.

New Release: Jose James – ‘Live at the Triple Door’


More than a release these are a set of tracks, really. The darling José James will be releasing his next album, No Beginning, No End, in early 2012. To warm up his audiences, James has been touring. Below, you’ll find a a few live tracks from said tour – “Introduction/Code,” “It’s All Over Your Body” and his newest tune we shared with you back in October, “Trouble”. Enjoy, lovelies!

Live at the Triple Door 12/6/11 by josejamesworldwide

US Tour Dates
01/07/12 – NYC – Jazz Standard
02/10/12 – Harlem – Harlem Stage 30th Anniversary Celebration
02/11/12 – Harlem – Harlem Stage 30th Anniversary Celebration

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