The Pagoda x Universal Grammar presents Jose James Live!
LIVE AT THE PAGODA Fall Music Series
A Live Performance by:
J O S E J A M E S
along with his quartet
+ Special Guest DJ Sig-O
The Fairmont Hotel and Universal Grammar cordially invite to the next installment of the Live @ The Pagoda Fall Music Series. On Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, join us for an evening of next level Jazz performance with the vocals of José James and his equally matched quartet at the intimate room in downtown San José known as The Pagoda.
Doors @ 8:00pm
Showtime @ 9:30pm
The Pagoda @ the Fairmont Hotel
170 South Market Street (Pagoda entrance on S. 1st St. side)
Downtown San Jose, Ca 95113
Brought to you by Universal Grammar.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, José James came of age with the sounds of Prince, hip-hop and Modern jazz. Discovering an early passion for both music and creative writing, José combined these through performance singing jazz standards, originals, and the works of John Coltrane with his quartet throughout the Twin Cites. Becoming a member of the groundbreaking avant-garde performance poetry and jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy, José was determined to devote his life to music, community, and spiritual unity.
A chance meeting in London with international tastemaker and DJ Gilles Peterson led to a record deal on Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. Drawing upon diverse influences such as Freestyle Fellowship and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "The Dreamer", his 2008 debut album, was an international critical success, with José performing at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Billboard Live Tokyo, The Hermitage Museum, and Central Park Summerstage. "The Dreamer" was voted #21 Critic's Pick of JazzTimes Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2008.
His sophomore release "BLACKMAGIC" (Feb 2010, Brownswood) explored the worldwide underground, featuring production from Flying Lotus, Moodymann, Taylor McFerrin, and DJ Mitsu the Beats. "BLACKMAGIC" also featured James's live band in new territory, covering dubstep pioneer Benga's "Emotions" and exploring a soul/hip-hop version of the R&B classic "Save Your Love For Me."
Signing to Verve/Universal in 2010, James's third studio album "For All We Know" (May 2010, Impulse!) was released on the legendary "Impulse!" label, home to many of John Coltrane's masterworks. Winner of both the Edison Award and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010, "For All We Know" was James's most intimate project to date, with performances in premiere concert halls such as L'Olympia, Royal Festival Hall, and De Roma, as well venues such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Cotton Club Tokyo.
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 "The Music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman."
He was recently voted 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll "Rising Star Best Male Vocalist" and is currently working on his fourth studio album "No Beginning, No End."
The Pagoda @ Fairmont Hotel San Jose (View)
170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|