The Sound of Young America: Jazz and Soul Singer Jose James

Episode 120

11th July 2010

Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums – a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know

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Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums – a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know. The former features collaborations with producers like Moodymann and Flying Lotus. The latter features duets with the Belgian pianist Jef Neve. James, a native of Minneapolis, lives in London, and has been championed by the influential English DJ Gilles Peterson. He talks with us about the connection between jazz and hip-hop, what one learns in jazz school, and returning to standards after years singing more contemporary fare.

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