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Bob James Trio - CD Release!

Thu, Oct 4 -
Sun, Oct 7, 2018




$30.50 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes multi-Grammy winning jazz pianist Bob James touring in support of his new CD Espresso joined by Ron Otis (drums) and Michael Palazzolo (bass). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday - Sunday.

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Long after establishing himself as one of America’s most accomplished composers, arrangers, and instrumentalists, multiple-Grammy winner Bob James achieves his lifetime ambition to return to the trio format he embraced as an up-and-coming artist.

Just released, August 31st, 2018 on the evosound label (Evolution Music Group), Espresso is also James’ first studio recording in 12 years as leader. Though busy since 2006 with an array of projects, ranging from albums and appearances with the all-star smooth jazz ensemble Fourplay to collaborations with David Sandborn, Keiko Matsui, and other innovators, James hasn’t reclaimed his place in the spotlight as a solo performer – until now.

“And I wanted to do this as part of a trio – piano, bass and drums,” James explains. “With Fourplay and in other larger settings, I loved that I could solo and then kind of disappear into the setting to accompany other soloists. To play in a trio requires a different level of commitment, with the piano being much more prominent. You need perhaps a greater degree of optimism and bravery. That was how I felt when I first got into music. Espresso is my attempt to recapture that.

Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins.

While James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, his music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip-hop, having been sampled often. Two of James’ songs – “Nautilus” from 1974′s One and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” from 1975′s Two – are among the most sampled in hip hop history. According to whosampled.com, “Nautilus” and “Take Me to Mardi Gras” have been sampled in thirty-two and forty-three hip-hop recordings, respectively.

Whether creating and recording the unforgettable them of TV’s Taxi or ascending to unlikely notoriety as a source of samples for hip-hop superstars, James has already left an indelible imprint on American music and culture. Espresso makes it clear that his contributions will continue, that his impact will only grow in years to come.

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