Merry Christmas From José James
A New Mexico Jazz Festival Event.
Have yourself a soulful little Christmas with smooth-as-silk crooner José James, the crown prince of jazz. An R&B-steeped singer who’s as effective evoking Billie Holiday as Bill Withers, José James returns with his first holiday project that imbues classic songs of the season with the warmth of a roaring fireplace in winter, captured on his new album Merry Christmas From José James.
Working in collaboration with master bassist and arranger Ben Williams and surrounded by an array of brilliant players including James Farm pianist Aaron Parks, James opted for the immediacy of sharing the same space with his collaborators like a 1950s jazz session — together in a single room without isolation. He brings all that heat and light to an evening of songs inextricably linked to the holidays.
“Like almost no other vocal star of his generation—the multidimensional James shines whether performing jazz or soul, hip-hop or blues, svelte torch ballads or gritty funk.” — San Diego Union-Tribune