New Album: José James – Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday (2015/02/17)

:: José is José!


José James (born January 20th, 1978) is an American singer known for his signature blend of modern jazz and hip hop. He hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After receiving an impressive education in the genre that has formed the very core of his musical approach from day one at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Greenwich Village, New York City, José James went on to launch a career based around his unusual, highly idiosyncratic mixture of jazz and hip hop in 2008, when he released his first album, ‘The Dreamer’. He followed that up with a second release on the Brownswood label, ‘Blackmagic’, before making a major step forward, both in terms of his own career and for the contemporary jazz movement in general; he was signed by the legendary jazz label Blue Note, an imprint best known for tending towards the more classical side of the genre.

Since then, José has released a further couple of albums, ‘No Beginning No End’ and ‘While You Were Sleeping’, and his international fanbase continues to expand accordingly – thanks in no small part to his consistent touring schedule. Additionally, James has released three collaborative albums with his peers: ‘Live at Cafe Loup’ in 2008, with Junior Mance, ‘Twelve Tons of Love’ in 2009 with Chico Hamilton, and ‘For All We Know’ in 2010, with Jef Neve. [Press release]

Cover Art:

Artist: José James
Title of album: Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Label: Blue Note Records

1. Good Morning Heartache
2. Body and Soul
3. Fine and Mellow
4. I Thought About You
5. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
6. Tenderly
7. Lover Man
8. God Bless the Child
9. Strange Fruit

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
Feb 12-15 // Billboard Live // Osaka, Japan

Follow ‘José James’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter


More ‘José James’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jul 06 – New Album: While You Were Sleeping (2014/06/10)
2013, Dec 26 – Listen: The Christmas Song
2013, Aug 09 – New EP: Come To My Door
2013, Feb 08 – New Album: No Beginning No End (2013/01/22)
2012, Sep 02 – It’s All Over Your Body / New Album ‘No Beginning, No End’
2012, August 29 – José James feat. Flying Lotus – Visions of Violet
2011, Oct 29 – José James LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Oct 07 – Trouble – AllSaints Basement Sessions


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