By Kamren Curiel | 02/18/2013 - 10:00
José James already released his fourth album No Beginning No End, but is just beginning to get buzz after performing on David Letterman last month. He's not quite jazz, not quite R&B, but he blends both genres, including hip hop and electro, to make music outside of the box.
Born in Minneapolis to a Panamanian jazz saxophonist father and an Irish American mother whom he described as a "total hippie into folk and all that protest stuff," James was strongly schooled in jazz.
By Grace Bastidas | 02/11/2011 - 11:00
Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding has opened for Prince, performed for President Obama and now she’s up for a Best New Artist award at this Sunday’s Grammys. If you don’t know who she is, you better catch up—fast. The 27-year-old multi-lingual singer, bassist, composer and arranger is a pretty big deal in the jazz world and beyond. Just listen to her third album, Chamber Music Society, and you’ll realize why. We recently got a chance to chat with her, and here’s what she had to say: