José James

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José James
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José James 2008
Background information
Born (1978-01-20) January 20, 1978 (age 36)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Jazz, hip hop, neo soul
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments Vocals
Labels Brownswood, Verve
Associated acts Junior Mance, Chico Hamilton, McCoy Tyner

José James (born January 20, 1978) is an American vocalist best known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop. James performs all over the world both as a leader and with other groups.


James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2008, he debuted with his first album, The Dreamer, on the Brownswood label.[1][2] Blackmagic followed in 2010.[2] 2010's For All We Know came out on the Impulse! label.[2][3] For All We Know became the winner of both the Edison Award[3] and L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Dreamer (Brownswood, 2008)
  • Blackmagic (Brownswood, 2010)
  • No Beginning No End (Blue Note, 2013)
  • While You Were Sleeping (Blue Note, 2014)


  • Live at Cafe Loup (2008) (with Junior Mance)
  • Twelve Tones of Love (2009) (with Chico Hamilton)
  • For All We Know (2010) (with Jef Neve)


  1. ^ Jose James, Jef Neve Rekindle Jazz Flame. Billboard. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  2. ^ a b c José James – Music Biography, Credits and Discography. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Winnaars Edison Jazz/World bekend | Edison – de oudste muziekprijs van Nederland. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.

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