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Jose James

The jazz voice of a generation, José James released his debut LP ‘The Dreamer’ in 2007 on Brownswood Recordings. It was crammed with smoky, low-slung jazz grooves blessed with José’s rich baritone vocals. Magnificent self-penned works nestled alongside uniquely crafted cover versions of John Coltrane, Rashaan Roland Kirk and even West Coast hip hop institution Freestyle Fellowship. Pursuing the same deeply soulful vocal jazz tradition exemplified by Babs Gonzales, Billie Holliday, Joe Williams and Leon Thomas, ‘The Dreamer’ quickly cemented Jose’s stature and raw talent within the worldwide jazz community.

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His sophomore album – ‘BLACKMAGIC’ – was moodier, edgier more sensual, drawing inspiration from the worldwide underground. Since ‘The Dreamer’ José had performed in maybe 30 countries, worked with some of the best, wisest and finest artists in the world such as Chico Hamilton and Junior Mance and he built a community of friends and fellow music-lovers all over the globe. The distance from New York to Tokyo is quickly bridged by music, as the track ‘PROMISE IN LOVE’ with DJ Mitsu The Beats of Jazzy Sport aptly demonstrates. José was keen to stress the way that this global community shaped ‘BLACKMAGIC’:

“There is community on this record and my community has grown – Minneapolis gave way to New York, while New York in turn gave way to London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Berlin (big up Jazzanova!), LA (yes I still need to come out I know!! I hear you too DC!), Rotterdam (North Sea Jazz Festival), Detroit (!), Barcelona, Brussels… I lived and worked in these cities – digitally, long-term, short-term, paying rent or whatever, for 2 years or so and it’s all there.”

José started the process with LA’s beat conductor supreme Flying Lotus (Warp/Brainfeeder) in April 2008: “In a phone call he changed the entire scope of my musical direction and focus – thank you man.”

Tossing ideas back and forth between the East Coast and West Coast, the pair crafted a handful of delightfully dusty, slightly dishevelled hip hop soul joints. Anchoring the album in hip hop’s boom-clap foundation, José is perfectly at ease riding FlyLo’s bumpy sketches, just as he is contributing good-time vibes to DJ Mitsu’s sunshine soundtrack ‘PROMISE IN LOVE’, blessing Moodyman’s retro jazz-funk groove ‘DETROIT LOVELETTER’, or indeed morphing Benga’s dubstep anthem ‘Emotions’ into a killer live jazz workout.

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  • ALBUMS

    FORMAT

    DATE

    BUY

  • The Dreamer Vinyl / CD / Digital
  • Desire & Love Vinyl / Digital
  • BLACKMAGIC CD / Digital
  • SINGLES

    FORMAT

    DATE

    BUY

  • White Label 12" Pressing // DELETED Vinyl
  • Vinyl
  • Vinyl / Digital
  • BLACKMAGIC EP Vinyl
  • BLACKMAGIC (Remixes) Vinyl / Digital
  • Warrior Vinyl / Digital
  • GIG DATES

    LOCATION

    DATE

  • José James with Corey King at The Bowery Ballroom (March 23, 2017) New York, NY, US 23 / 03 / 17
  • José James with Corey King at El Club (March 25, 2017) Detroit, MI, US 25 / 03 / 17
  • José James with Corey King and Shoffy at The Echo (March 28, 2017) Los Angeles, CA, US 28 / 03 / 17
  • José James with Corey King at The Independent (March 29, 2017) San Francisco, CA, US 29 / 03 / 17
  • José James with Corey King at Doug Fir Lounge (March 31, 2017) Portland, OR, US 31 / 03 / 17
  • José James at Alte Feuerwache (April 13, 2017) Mannheim, Germany 13 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (CBE) (April 15, 2017) Cologne, Germany 15 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Lido (April 17, 2017) Berlin, Germany 17 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Mojo Club (April 18, 2017) Hamburg, Germany 18 / 04 / 17
  • José James at AB Box (April 19, 2017) Brussels, Belgium 19 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Paradiso Grote Zaal (April 20, 2017) Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Espace Julien (April 21, 2017) Marseille, France 21 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Transbordeur (April 22, 2017) Villeurbanne, France 22 / 04 / 17
  • José James at New Morning (April 24, 2017) Paris, France 24 / 04 / 17
  • José James at La Cartonnerie (April 26, 2017) Reims, France 26 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Forum Nice Nord (April 28, 2017) Nice, France 28 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Cosmopolite (April 29, 2017) Oslo, Norway 29 / 04 / 17
  • José James at Band on the Wall (May 3, 2017) Manchester, UK 03 / 05 / 17
  • José James at Islington Assembly Hall (May 4, 2017) London, UK 04 / 05 / 17
  • José James at Lunario del Auditorio Nacional (May 11, 2017) Mexico City, Mexico 11 / 05 / 17
  • LATEST NEWS

    DATE

  • Jose James // Blackmagic White Vinyl Edition // Out Next Week 10 / 06 / 15 view article »
  • Jose James // The Dreamer // Reissue // In Stores Today 18 / 05 / 15 view article »
  • Jose James // The Dreamer // Reissue 11 / 03 / 15 view article »