About José James
A jazz artist for the hip-hop generation, José James has showcased his rich and graceful baritone through unpredictable projects that have blurred the lines between numerous genres. He made his album debut with The Dreamer (2008), which incorporated material by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Freestyle Fellowship among originals. Cross-generational references have also typified James' subsequent recordings, whether he has been supported by Flying Lotus and Moodymann on Blackmagic (2010), accompanied by only pianist Jef Neve on For All We Know (2010), or backed by full bands, as heard on No Beginning No End (2013), a set that topped Billboard's jazz chart. James has also devoted entire sessions to honoring Billie Holiday and Bill Withers. The latter project kept James in singer/songwriter mode for No Beginning No End 2 (2020).
BORNJanuary 20, 1978