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José James
Lean On Me

José James

Celebrates Bill Withers

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 15
Miner Auditorium
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Celebrating the eightieth year of the great Bill Withers, José James returns with his celebration of the music of the legendary R&B singer and songwriter in a tribute blessed by Mr. Withers himself. On the heels of 2015’s beguiling Billie Holiday centennial tribute Yesterday I Had the Blues and the electro-pop of last year’s Love in a Time of Madness, James performs many of Withers’ most beloved songs including "Ain't No Sunshine," "Hope She'll Be Happier," “Use Me,” and "Just the Two of Us" — material recorded on James’ newest Blue Note tribute release Lean On Me — backed by a stellar band including guitarist Brad Allen Williams (Cory Henry, CeCe Winans), keyboardist Sullivan Fortner (Donald Harrison, Etienne Charles), bassist Ben Williams (Pat Metheny, Stefon Harris), and drummer Nate Smith (Dave Holland, Chris Potter).

James flexibility and omnivorous musical taste is reflected in his hugely diverse résumé, which includes work with jazz great Chico Hamilton as well as electronica hero Flying Lotus. In his review for The New York Times, writer Ben Ratliff described James as “a romantic baritone with a deep-funk band, stretching out songs, evoking both the ’70s of Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron and the ’90s and oughts of J Dilla.”

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A deep and soulful young vocalist, James has transcended his reputation as a jazz singer to embrace influences including R&B, Moroccan Gnawa music, hip-hop and gospel.

A winningly singular presence in contemporary American music. Not just singular, but magnetic.

Los Angeles Times

A winningly singular presence in contemporary American music. Not just singular, but magnetic.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

José James vocals & guitar
Brad Allen Williams guitar & vocal
Sullivan Fortner keyboards
Ben Williams bass & vocals
Nate Smith drums

James deftly underlines jazz's flexibility in relation to new pop trends, the way Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis did in the past.

Pitchfork

Personnel

José James vocals & guitar
Brad Allen Williams guitar & vocal
Sullivan Fortner keyboards
Ben Williams bass & vocals
Nate Smith drums

James deftly underlines jazz's flexibility in relation to new pop trends, the way Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis did in the past.

Pitchfork

Watch & Listen

José James

Ain't No Sunshine

José James

Use Me

José James

Ain't No Sunshine

José James

Use Me