José James – Canceled

José James – Canceled

CANCELED! Sponsored by ZNA Communications “… a romantic baritone with a deep funk band…” – New York Times José James does not limit himself to the conventional boundaries of the “jazz” singer. Instead, he dives into exotic sounds from a pastiche of cultures from all around the world, both traditional and modern. The inspiration for his songwriting is drawn from a variety of sources – the Gnawan music of Morocco; the ’70s smooth soul/R&B sounds of Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye; a standard jazz riff; and today’s contemporary edge of electronica and hip-hop. His third album, No Beginning No End, is a reflection of all those influences coming together in a very personal vision that allows James to transcend musical categories with an inviting soulful sound. Currently working on his fourth album, Rising Sun on Blue Note Records, critics and fans alike eagerly await continued surprises from the rising star. For more information about International Jazz Day, please visit www.jazzday.com or  www.unesco.org/jazzday...
José James presents No Beginning No End

José James presents No Beginning No End

Monday, March 11, 7:30 PM José James presents No Beginning No End $20/Adv $23/Door 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS. TICKETS AT THE DOOR WITH VALID I.D. Doors and dinner at 6:30 PM “…evoking both…Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron.” – New York Times “No Beginning No End sums up how I feel about music right now,” says vocalist José James of his Blue Note Records debut record. The new album is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity. Bound together by James’ smooth 70s-soul voice, it marks a new and exciting chapter in the career of the 33 year-old singer/songwriter. Since his 2008 debut, James has carefully cultivated a blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica, exposing himself as a musical omnivore who seeks inspiration from a variety of sources. With his new album, James gives back with inspiration of his own. José James – vocals Takuy Kuroda – trumpet Kris Bowers – keyboards Solomon Dorsey – bass Richard Spaven – drums...
McCoy Tyner Trio

McCoy Tyner Trio

McCoy Tyner Trio featuring Jose James and Chris Potter – Saturday, October 15, 7:00 pm A Contemporary Exploration of John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman Sponsored by JazzAlleyKats $50/Gold Circle, $35/General No Jazztix or Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm “Tyner’s artistry and innovation embrace a multitude of styles.” – NPR Had there never been a McCoy Tyner, there’s no telling what would have happened to modern jazz piano. NEA Jazz Master Tyner’s seminal contributions cannot be overstated. This appearance matches him with some of the next generation’s finest players. Ably inhabiting the cutting edge since 1990’s outings with Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield, tenor/soprano saxophonist Chris Potter provides the melodic frontline. Deep, soulful lyrics, chanting and spoken word are perhaps the evening’s most intriguing ingredient and come compliments of vocal phenom Jose James....