New Billie Holiday Tribute Album By José James Coming Spring 2015

JoseJames_PhotoBy_JanetteBeckman_1It’s always an exciting time when you learn that your favorite artist is working on a new album.  Blue Note recording artist José James has something very special in store for jazz fans and fans of the legendary, incomparable Billie Holiday.  Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday will be José James’ third album on the historic Blue Note label scheduled for release Spring 2015.  Check out his short films below as he gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of the album and why he’s making a tribute album to Lady Day.

Don’t miss the NYC Winter JazzFest: Blue Note Now!

Featuring Robert Glasper Trio (top left), José James (top right), Derrick Hodge (bottom left), and Kendrick Scott (bottom right).
Thursday January 8 at Le Poisson Rouge NYC.
http://lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/blue-note-now-january-8th-2015/

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One For ‘Grew – R.I.P. Mulgrew Miller

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Last week on May 29th the world lost celebrated jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller at the age of 57 due to complications from a recent a stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family and jazz fans worldwide.  Mr. Miller recorded hundreds of album as a leader and sideman during his 30 year recording career. He worked extensively with singer Betty Carter, trumpeter Woody Shaw, drummer Tony Williams and drummer Art Blakey as a member of the Jazz Messengers from 1983-1986.

In recent years Mr. Miller had become a teacher and mentor to some of the most prominent jazz musicians in music today.  Whether sharing the stage or recording in the studio, Mr. Miller inspired a new generation of jazz musicians, like trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Karriem Riggins. Hodge and Riggins were also in a trio with Mr. Miller.

In 2007,  pianist and then up and comer Robert Glasper recorded a tribute to Mulgrew Miller entitled One For ‘Grew (Mulgrew Miller) on his My Element LP which was his second album for Blue Note Records. Click the album cover below to check out the Mp3 of One For ‘Grew (Mulgrew Miller).

R.I.P. MULGREW MILLER

Robert Glasper - One For 'Grew