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Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
A deep and soulful young jazz singer and all-star band pay tribute to a legendary R&B singer-songwriter.
“[His] smooth baritone and strong opinions have shaped an aesthetic that accommodates both sensuality and social awareness.” —DownBeat
Celebrating the eightieth birth year of the legendary R&B singer songwriter, Blue Note recording artist José James presents “Lean On Me: José James celebrates Bill Withers.” Vetted personally by Mr. Withers, the show is an exploration of the deep musical catalogue that touched millions of hearts and united communities worldwide. Featuring Withers’s top ten hits as well as his soul ballads and rare grooves, James brings both a deep musical appreciation and a contemporary approach to songs such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hope She’ll Be Happier,” and “Just the Two of Us.” Fittingly, James has assembled a truly all-star cast of musicians: Nate Smith on drums, Ben Williams on bass, Sullivan Fortner on keys and Brad Allen Williams on guitar.
Blue Note recording artist José James, an eclectic, groove-minded jazz singer with hip hop and R&B sensibility, makes his Hop debut on Wednesday, August 1, 8 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium with a program celebrating legendary R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers.
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