Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jose James

Jose James

Taylor McFerrin

Wed, March 27, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$22 advance / $25 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Jose James
Jose James
Born and raised in Minneapolis, José James came of age with the sounds of Prince, hip-hop and Modern jazz. Discovering an early passion for both music and creative writing, José combined these through performance – singing jazz standards, originals, and the works of John Coltrane with his quartet throughout the Twin Cites. Becoming a member of the groundbreaking avant-garde performance poetry and jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy, José was determined to devote his life to music, community, and spiritual unity.

Moving to New York City to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he was mentored by and recorded with both the legendary drummer Chico Hamilton and the pianist Junior Mance. There he also met his first ensemble that would form the studio and international touring band for his 2008 debut album "The Dreamer" (Jan 2008, Brownswood).

A chance meeting in London with international tastemaker and DJ Gilles Peterson led to a record deal on Peterson's Brownswood Recordings label. Drawing upon diverse influences such as Freestyle Fellowship and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "The Dreamer" was an international critical success, with José performing at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Billboard Live Tokyo, The Hermitage Museum, and Central Park Summerstage. "The Dreamer" was voted #21 Critic's Pick of JazzTimes Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2008.

His sophomore release "BLACKMAGIC" (Feb 2010, Brownswood) explored the worldwide underground, featuring production from Flying Lotus, Moodymann, Taylor McFerrin, and DJ Mitsu the Beats. "BLACKMAGIC" also featured James's live band in new territory, covering dubstep pioneer Benga's "Emotions" and exploring a soul/hip-hop version of the R&B classic "Save Your Love For Me." "BLACKMAGIC" toured in over 30 countries, at venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ancienne Belgique, Melkweg, and Lincoln Center. "Love Conversation" (produced by Taylor McFerrin), "Save Your Love for Me," and "Desire" (from The Dreamer) were featured in Fox Searchlight Pictures 2010 "Our Family Wedding" starring Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, and Lance Gross.

Signing to Verve/Universal in 2010, James's third studio album "For All We Know" (May 2010, Impulse!) was released on the legendary "Impulse!" label, home to many of John Coltrane's masterworks. Largely recorded in a single day at the famed Galaxy Studios in Belguim, "For All We Know" is a deep and timeless duo album of jazz standards featuring Jef Neve on piano.

Winner of both the Edison Award and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010, "For All We Know" was James's most intimate project to date, with performances in premiere concert halls such as L'Olympia, Royal Festival Hall, and De Roma, as well venues such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Cotton Club Tokyo.

The collaboration between James and Jef Neve continued with an ambitious ongoing live project "Facing East: The Music of John Coltrane." Conceived and directed by James "Facing East" made its worldwide debut at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, and continued on to venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, New Morning, and Ronnie Scott's.

As a featured guest José has recorded albums with Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, Nicola Conte, Bassment Jaxx, Jazzanova, Toshio Matsuura, J.A.M., DJ Mitsu the Beats, Timo Lassy, Taylor McFerrin, and Flying Lotus.

Recent projects include guest performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's "A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" at Rose Theater, as well as touring internationally with McCoy Tyner's "The Music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman."

He was recently voted 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll "Rising Star Best Male Vocalist" and is currently working on his fourth studio album "No Beginning, No End."
Taylor McFerrin
Taylor McFerrin
Taylor McFerrin is redefining the term "one-man show." Combining his skills as a producer and performer, Taylor is making music heads around the world take notice as he seamlessly builds songs from scratch with his ambitious solo project. Vocals, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, samples, and beat boxing are meshed together in his Brooklyn studio as Taylor builds from his roots deep in '60s soul to his vision of future hip-hop.

From San Fran to Philly to his current hometown of Brooklyn, Taylor thrives on a solid and loyal fan base through MySpace, combined with shoutouts from Time Out New York and Re:Up Magazine. He continues to gain popularity and captivate audiences at some of the most legendary venues such as Joe's Pub, Nublu, The Knitting Factory, and Studio B in New York City. Taylor has also toured internationally sharing the stage with artists such as Dego and 2000 Black @ the BOCA party in Italy, Mark De Clive Lowe @ the Jazz a Vienne festival in France, and Karizma at the Southport Weekender in the UK.

The Rude Movements Vinyl Release of Taylor's first EP- "The Broken Vibes EP" in 2006 gained international attention thanks to the title track. "Broken Vibes" debuted on the highly influential Benji B's BBC Radio show and has been on heavy rotation on Gilles Peterson BBC World Wide Radio. The track was also selected by Garth Trinidad of Los Angeles' highly acclaimed radio show "Chocolate City" on KCRW for his The Fader's Suite 903 Series. MTV also took notice of Taylor's skills and used his beats in promotions for the 2005 Video Music Awards.

Taylor's body of work extends beyond his solo recordings. He is the keyboardist in the cutting edge freestyle Trio "The Cell Theory" and the Drummer and co-producer in the Soul/Rock group RAHJ, whose song "Go with Love" was included on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers Series. He also produced the debut EP from Brooklyn MC TK Wonder "The Electric Baby EP". With so many projects, and his highly anticipated first full length solo album in the works, Taylor is sure to keep the buzz on high for years to come.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/