José James

Born in Minneapolis in 1978 and raised in Brooklyn, José James is one of today’s most multi-talented artists. He was discovered in the mid-2000s by London star radio DJ Gilles Peterson. On his 2008 debut album “The Dreamer“, he was accompanied by veteran pianist Junior Mance. James showed his versatility on styles ranging from bebop to hip-hop.

In 2010 he and Belgian pianist Jef Neve honored the work of the great saxophonist John Coltrane, one of Jose’ James’ early inspirations. Their joint album, “For All We Know”, focused on Coltrane’s work with the melancholy singer Johnny Hartmann. The album also drew the attention of the prominent Blue Note Records jazz label. For Blue Note he recorded his breakthrough album, the song collection “No Beginning, No End”. James has been able to produce albums which both highlight his original songwriting talents and pay tribute to his musical idols. With “Yesterday I Had The Blues“, he is inspired by the unforgettable jazz icon Billie Holiday.

His current opus is “Lean On Me” and features scores by the great soul singer Bill Withers. His tributes are sublime variants of the original compositions. From “Grandma´s Hands” and “Ain´t No Sunshine” to “Use Me” and “Lean On Me”, all are rich and intense interpretations of the originals. José James’ vocals can be driving and full-on, but he also knows the right time to reel it in. Such times are true magic.

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July 2019

PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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