Genre : Experimental / Jazz / Soul
About This Act :
James is the son of a Panamanian saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2008, he debuted with his first album, The Dreamer, on the Brownswood label. BLACKMAGIC followed in 2010.2010's For All We Know came out on the Impulse! label. For All We Know became the winner of both the Edison Award and L'Academie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010.
No Beginning No End is a seamless musical experience that moves between different styles with remarkable fluidity, bound together by James's transcendent voice. It marks a new chapter in the artistic journey of the 33-year-old singer/songwriter.
Along the way, he recruited a mighty team of collaborators that include noted producer/bassist Pino Palladino; pianist/composer and fellow Blue Note artist Robert Glasper; R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist Emily King; international French-Moroccan singing star Hindi Zahra; and the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition winner Kris Bowers.
James has already established himself as a trailblazer for his intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica from his previous three albums. His 2008 debut The Dreamer and its 2010 follow-up, BlackMagic-both produced by the world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson-transformed the Minneapolis-born, New York-based singer into an underground sensation in both the modern jazz and DJ culture scenes. His musical path follows its own rhyme and reason. James is a musical omnivore, an artist that resists being pigeonholed, equally at ease on stage with jazz legend McCoy Tyner as he is in the studio with rapper Oh No or electronica pioneer Flying Lotus.