José James Performs Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday and Previews Love in a Time of Madness
La Jolla, C.A.—ArtPower at UC San Diego presents singer-songwriter José James on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at The Loft at UC San Diego. Along with band members Takeshi Ohbayashi on keyboard, Solomon Dorsey on bass and vocals, and Nate Smith on drums, James will perform from his latest project Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, a tribute to the legendary singer’s centenary. They will also preview their upcoming album, Love in a Time of Madness, inspired by influences such as Fran Ocean, Usher, Miguel, and John Legend, and extending the R&B and hip hop thread that has run throughout much of James’ work. Tickets for this event are $18–28 and can be ordered online at boxoffice.ucsd.edu or by calling the box office at 858.534.TIXS (8497). Additional program information can be found at artpower.ucsd.edu.
About José James
Singer-songwriter José James has always been on the quest for new musical horizons; constantly evolving and blurring the lines between genres in the process. Now on the heels of his critically acclaimed Blue Note Records debut No Beginning No End, James returns with his dynamic and daring fifth album While You Were Sleeping. While keeping his trademark soulful baritone at the forefront, he adeptly weaves elements of indie rock, folk, funk, blues, hip hop, and R&B into an experience journeying from desire to introspection and spiritual epiphany. “As an artist, I’m going to keep evolving,” he says resolutely. “I think my fans have now come to expect this from me. They want to know what I’m going to do next.”
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