JOSIE JAMES PERFORMS LIVE AT FESTIVAL OF ARTS LAGUNA BEACH
Josie opens the Rising Stars series singing songs from the catalog of her musical history, from her CD That Jazz to Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, George Duke and more as well as a tribute to jazz icon Al Jarreau with keyboard vocalist Bill Cantos. Nigel Martinez (MD/drums), Isaac Wilson (keyboards), Christian Hernandez (guitar), Marlon Martinez (bass), Andrew Papastephanou (keyboards/trombone), Leider Chapotin (trumpet), Kevin Homma (Saxophones/flute).
JOSIE JAMES KICKS OFF 2016 IN SWEDEN
From me to You
All great creators are also innovators. In order to create something unique and lasting,
you have to use your artistic ability and invent it. This is what pianist, composer and producer George Duke does, who more or less singlehandedly put together jazz, rock, blues and funk to create the jazz fusion movement.
Josie takes the stage with jazz legend Al Jarreau with a show stopping
performance of George Duke's Reach For It at Festival Of Arts. A huge fan of
Jarreau, Josie sang on his albums Tomorrow Today, and Heart's Horizon. After Al and
Josie shared the stage together during the Tribute to George Duke at the Capital Jazz
Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Al Jarreau asked her
to perform more dates with him at the Grammy Museum and the Festival Of Arts concerts.
Check out the video!!
by George W. Harris • October 1, 2014
I recently caught this lady at a concert teamed up with Al Jarreau, and was impressed
at how she held her own with the jazz great. Lo and behold, her own solo album didn't
let me down. First, she's got her own unique voice which is kind of wistful, dainty and yet with an attractive porcelain delicacy to it. She makes it work well on this Decalogue of (mostly) originals, ranging from a sleek jazz piano trio on "Anyone Who Had A Heart" to funky and synthesized pieces such as "Win Your Love." On the latter, as well as on "La Musica," she can get quite fiesty and celebrative while Nigel Martinez lays down some impressive work on drums, bass, keyboards and guitar. Some tasty guitar goes "wacka wooka" on the hip grooving and upbeat "The Fantasy" and the soulful title track mixes Mike Parlett's sax with James' bright and shiny vocals treating her voice like a Miles Davis Harmon mute. She can also coo like Marylin McCoo on the smooth and relaxing "Out of Time" and deliver an uplifting sermonette on the inspiring "I Wanna Be Your Friend, "a tune that could easily become a modern day anthem. Check this lady out!
Josie James' new album THAT JAZZ is now available on iTunes! After finishing her world tour with the legendary Burt Bacharach, she was able to complete the album she has been working on with British producer Nigel Martinez. THAT JAZZ has already received great reviews and some very special comments about her talent from jazz greats such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke and others. There is something for all jazz lovers to enjoy on this jazz, funk, latin, pop mix, with original songs written by Martinez and James and a special treat for Bacharach fans, the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, Anyone Who Had A Heart, the popular song Josie performs in concert with Bacharach. On this album she sings a new jazz arrangement of the classic song. Check out the video on YouTube
JOSIE JAMES PERFORMS AT THE PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Celebrating George Duke! Starring Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke with the
original George Duke band members Josie James, Ndugu Chancler, Byron Miller,
also Greg Phillinganes, Paul Jackson, Jr., Lil John Roberts,
Dianne Reeves, Jamie Cullum, John Beasley, music director
SOLAR RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JOSIE JAMES
Josie's THAT JAZZ album was showcased on international radio station Solar Radio on The Mike Parlett Show. The 2-hour broadcast featured a lively interview with Josie talking about her career and the musical associations has she enjoyed with music legends Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, George Duke and many others. Listeners had the opportunity to hear all the tracks from the new album as well as some of her favorite recordings as lead vocalist in The George Duke Band and other well known multi-platinum projects. Due to popular demand, there was a rebroadcast of the entire interview and is now available for you to hear on Josie James Podcasts on iTunes. Check it out Link
JOSIE JAMES SINGS THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND
Call her James, Josie James! Josie headlined The Music of James Bond with the San Diego Symphony and definitely served it "shaken and not stirred," belting out Bond hits such as Goldfinger, Nobody Does It Better, and Diamonds Are Forever. As fans around the world continue to celebrate the 50 Years of James Bond anniversary, Josie will be performing more symphony concerts doing The Music of James Bond and recording an upcoming Bond album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37zKmg6eQJo