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“Whitney James ain't your typically thin-voiced, self-obsessed pseudo-diva. She's got a spine-tingling presence…” – Seattle Weekly
 
 
Vocalist Whitney James takes her rightful place among today’s great jazz singers with her stunning debut album, The Nature of Love (January 19, 2010, Stir Stick Music). With her working rhythm section of pianist Joshua Wolff, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Jon Wikan, and special guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, James blends a singer’s sensitivity to lyrics with an instrumentalist’s command of phrasing, melody, and timbre. The album’s ambitious program of material includes classics from the Great American Songbook such as Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin’s “Long Ago and Far Away” and Irving Berlin’s “How Deep Is the Ocean,” as well as challenging jazz tunes such as Benny Golson’s “Whisper Not” and Jimmy Rowles’s “The Peacocks.” 
 
James doesn’t just sing a tune—she creatively engages it. Every time she approaches a melody and a lyric, she finds a new way to phrase them, shape them, highlight a word or a few notes that shade the meaning and make the music richer. Her sense of time and pacing make her a consummate musician’s singer—she knows how to work with a band, instead of asking it to merely back her. Her supple alto voice wraps itself around a song like a sheer silk scarf. She sings with a bright clarity of tone, yet she colors her sound with earthy inflections, subtle squeezed notes, dark growls, and notes of soaring purity.
 
Her polished musicianship helps her interpret the best of American popular music as well as challenging originals of jazz composers rarely attempted by singers. The upper edge of her voice gently caresses “Tenderly,” highlighting the song’s romantic glow, then she matches trumpeter Jensen tone for tone with an instrumentalist’s full sound. She subjects “Long Ago and Far Away” to playful transformations, making the song her own without ever obscuring the composers’ original intent. She negotiates the transitions between Latin and swing beats on “How Deep Is the Ocean” with elegance, phrasing behind the beat at times to create an exquisite tension. And she remains unfazed by the tricky melody of “The Peacocks,” making the composition’s daunting contours sound graceful and natural.
 
Her band mates are sensitive accompanists with strong voices of their own. In a duo version of “Be Anything,” Wolff, who has also worked with singers Jay Clayton and Mark Murphy, weaves lovely countermelodies and rich harmonies around James’ sincere reading of the song. He’s alert to every twist and variation that James makes to “Long Ago and Far Away,” then swings hard in a lyrical, incisive solo of his own. Bassist Clohesy, who has recorded with Seamus Blake, Pete McCann and Geoffrey Keezer, among others, is a versatile accompanist and soloist. His time is impeccable and his note choice adds depth to the ensemble. His solo on Abbey Lincoln’s “My Love Is You” is a beautifully constructed statement, coherent and moving. Wikan has played with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jensen, and shared rhythm duties with Clohesy in the bands of Torben Waldorff and Keezer. His attention to dynamics and space and his crisp time-keeping make him a perfect drummer for vocalists, but he can power a band as well, as he does on the hard driving “Whisper Not.” Jensen is featured with the Schneider Orchestra and has performed and recorded as a leader and with Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Gary Bartz, Chris Connor, and many others. Her warm tone blends beautifully with James on “Tenderly” and “Whisper Not.” A lyrical player who is nevertheless full of surprises, she crafts an exciting solo on “Whisper Not” and a poignant ballad performance on “The Very Thought of You.”
 
It’s rare that a performer emerges fully formed on their first album. But Whitney James has the musicianship and deep emotional power of a mature artist.



Here is what people are saying about Whitney James:

“Wow. What a supple, precise, expressive singer. James and Jensen braid their lines beautifully on this album, recalling the great Helen Merrill recording with Clifford Brown. Whitney's a keeper.”
– Paul de Barros, Seattle Times/Down Beat

"Rising-star jazz singer Whitney James...has just released a startlingly impressive and mature debut CD, The Nature of Love, which also features the playing of acclaimed trumpeter and flugelhorn player Ingrid Jensen."
~ Philip Booth of the St. Petersburg Times
 
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Music

Listen to clips from Whitney’s debut CD “The Nature Of Love”.
 
Described as “A startlingly impressive and mature debut CD” by Philip Booth of the St. Petersburg Times, just one of many reviews.
 
 

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Tune in to your local NPR station or listen online to catch Whitney James

on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Rising Stars hosted by Jon Weber.

 http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/145639275/whitney-james-on-piano-jazz-rising-stars

 


--Upcoming 2014 Shows--


Wednesday, July 23 2014 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Whitney plays with LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL



Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL



Saturday, August 1, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL



Saturday, August 8, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL














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--Past 2014 Shows--


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Timucua Arts Center - Whitney makes her first appearance in Orlando with LaRue Nickelson, and LaLucha.

Orlando, FL


Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 PM - SOLD OUT SHOW!

The Palladium Theatre - A jazz valentine with Whitney James and her band LaRue Nickelson, Jeremy Powell, Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman and John O'Leary.

Visit www.mypallaidum.org for tickets and information.

St. Petersburg, FL


Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 3 PM

Whitney will be the guest vocalist with Richey Community Orchestra for their "Wild Blue Yonder - Music That's Out of This World" Concert.

Visit http://www.richeycommunityorchestra.com/shows.htm for tickets and information.

New Port Richey, FL


Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

The Metropolitan Room - Whitney will be performing at The Metropolitan Room for a tribute to her longtime pianist and dear friend Joshua Wolff.  Playing with Whitney will be vocalists Michelle Walker and Hilary Gardner as well as pianist Toru Dodo, bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Willard Dyson.  They will be performing music from the tribute CD they will be releasing in Josh's honor titled You've Got A Friend - A tribute to Joshua Wolff.

http://metropolitanroom.com/show.cfm?id=136581&cart

New York City, NY


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Whitney will be performing with bassist Michael Ross and guitarist LaRue Nickelson.

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Thursday, March 20th from 7 - 11 PM

Whitney and LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Wednesday, March 26th from 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Whitney and LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7 PM

Whitney returns to North Carolina for the Debut Concert of her new tribute CD to her longtime pianist and friend Joshua Wolff with jazz vocalists Hilary Gardner and Michelle Walker.

http://www.carolinaphil.org/Upcoming_Concerts.html

Fayetteville, NC

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7 PM

Whitney returns to North Carolina for the Palustris Finale Concert and debut of her new CD with jazz vocalists Hilary Gardner and Michelle Walker in tribute to her longtime pianist and dear friend Joshua Wolff.

Owen Auditorium at Sandhills Community College 

http://www.carolinaphil.org/Upcoming_Concerts.html

Pinehurst, NC


Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM

USF Jazz Ensemble and Grammy Winning Composer Maria Schneider - Whitney will be the featured vocalist on one of Maria Schneider's compositions Three Romances I. Choro Dancado.

USF Campus http://music.arts.usf.edu/content/templates/?a=4043&z=337

Tampa, FL


Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7-11 PM

Whitney and LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and Daniel Jordan

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Whitney and LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Thursday, May 1, 2014 with sets at 8 PM & 10 PM

Reservations strongly encouraged call 212.885.7119 http://www.kitano.com/Jazz-Schedule

Jazz at Kitano - Don't miss this great night of music! Whitney plays two sets of music with Jon Davis on piano, Jon Wikan on drums, Noriko Ueda on bass and Jonathan Powell on trumpet

Cover $15

Kitano Hotel

66 Park Ave (E. 38th St.)

New York, NY


Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8 PM

Piedmont Piano Concert Series - Whitney will kick off her West Coast Tour with SF based pianist Walter Bankovich, bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Dezson Claiborne at the wonderful Peidmont Piano Company's Concert Hall.

Oakland, CA

http://piedmontpiano.com/Webpages/11concertpage.html


Friday, May 16, 2014 at

The Royal Room with Marriott Harper Inc. with Thomas Marriott, Geoff Harper, Mike Stone, Bill Anschell, D'Vonne Lewis, LaRue Nickelson and Jeremy Powell.

Seattle, WA


Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 PM

Camellia Lounge - Whitney continues her West Coast Tour with a date at the wonderful Camellia Lounge.  She will be joined by LaRue Nickelson on guitar, Jeremy Powell on sax, Geoff Harper on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums.

Please visit www.teazone.com for ticket and reservation information

Portland, OR


Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Whitney plays with LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Friday, May 24, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Whitney plays with LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Friday, May 24, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Fridays in June - June 6 & 13, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL


Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 7:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with LaLucha

Eddie V's

Tampa, FL


Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Whitney plays with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson

Crumb & Cork

Tampa, FL

















--Past 2013 Shows--


New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
St. Petersburg, FL
First Night St. Pete's Evening of Jazz featuring Whitney James and LaRue Nickelson with La Lucha.

Saturday, December 21st at Florida Studio Theatre
Whitney is pleased to present a concert of jazz, blues and holiday music with Jeff Phillips on piano, Ian Goodman on drums and Michael Ross on bass
Sarasota, FL

Saturday, December 7th PRIVATE EVENT with La Lucha

Thursday, December 5th at Eddie V's from 7 - 11
Whitney sings with LaRue Nickelson, Patrick Bettison and Randol Walter
Tampa, FL

Sunday, December 1st at Don Vincente Hotel in Ybor City for the Repeal Day Party from 8 PM - Midnight
Whitney will be singing with trumpeter Aric Brian and La Lucha
Tampa, FL

Saturday, November 30th from 8:30 - 11:30 PM
Crumb & Cork with Michael Ross and LaRue Nickelson
Tampa, FL

Friday, November 29th at That's Amore from 8 - Midnight
Whitney sings with LaRue Nickelson and Patrick Bettison and Walt Hubbard
Tampa, FL

Wednesday, November 27th at Eddie V's from 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Whitney sings with La Lucha
Tampa, FL

Thursday, November 21st at Eddie V's from 7 - 11 PM
Whitney sings with La Lucha
Tampa, FL

Saturday, November 16th at The New Fox Jazz Club from 8 - Midnight
Whitney sings with LaLucha and saxophonist Austin Vickery
Tampa, FL

Friday, November 15th at That's Amore from 8 - Midnight
Whitney sings with LaRue Nickelson, Joe Porter and Ian Goodman
Tampa, FL

Thursday, November 14th at Eddie V's from 7 - 11 PM
Whitney sings with LaLucha
Tampa, FL

Thursday, November 7th at That's Amore from 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Whitney sings with LaRue Nickelson and Patrick Bettison
Tampa, FL

Friday, November 1st at That's Amore on Harbour Island from 8:30 PM - Midnight
Whitney sings with Alejandro Arenas, LaRue Nickeslon and Ian Goodman
Tampa, FL

Thursdays in October at That's Amore from &;30 - 10:30 PM
Oct 10 & 17th with LaRue Nickelson and Patrick Bettison
Oct 24th with Matt Bokulic and Billy Pillucere
Tampa, FL

Wednesdays October 2nd & October 16th from 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Tampa, FL
Eddie V's with La Lucha
 
Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Tampa, FL
Eddie V's with La Lucha
 
Thursday, September 12 from 7 - 11 PM
Tampa, FL
Eddie V's with La Lucha
 
Friday, August 16 & Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club - Whitney's back for another night of great jazz with William Evans, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman and John Lamb and Steven Buckholtz.
 
Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club - Whitney's back for another night of great jazz with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman of La Lucha.
 
Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club - Whitney's back for another night of great jazz with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman of La Lucha.
 
Sunday, July 14 & Monday, July 15, 2013
Pinehurst, NC - Whitney will be honoring the passing of her longtime friend and pianist Joshua Wolff at the First Annual Pinehurst Jazz Festival. Other artists at the festival include Thomas Marriott, Jon Gordon, Paul Gabrielson, Michelle Walker, Hilary Gardner.
http://shop.carolinaphil.org/ - For tickets and jazz festival information.
 
Sunday, June 30th from 7 - 9 PM
Tampa, FL
Skipper's Smokehouse - The incredible NPG band with LaRue Nickelson, Jeremy Powell and Ian Goodman features Whitney James.
 
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club - Whitney's back for another night of great jazz with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman of La Lucha.
 
Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club - Whitney's back for another night of great jazz with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman of La Lucha.
 
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 7 - 11 PM
Tampa, FL
Eddie V's - John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman of La Lucha features Whitney James.
 
Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8 PM
St. Petersburg, FL
The Palladium Theatre - REAL PEOPLE REAL MUSIC PRESENTS an evening with Kurt Elling - Whitney and her band are thrilled to be the opening act for jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.
Please visit www.mypalladium.org for tickets use code ELLING for a discount on tickets!
 
Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 3 - 5 PM
St. Petersburg, FL
Al Downing Jazz Association and FreeFall Theatre present Whitney James Quartet in concert with LaRue Nickelson, Jeremy Powell, John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas and Mark Feinman.
 Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 7 - 11 PM
Tampa, FL
Eddie V's  - La Lucha with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas and Mark Feinman features Whitney James.
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30 PM
Sarasota, FL - The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center and Real People Real Music Present - Whitney James in concert.  Whitney and her band are thrilled for their first show in Sarasota!  Joining Whitney will be Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nickelson, Ian Goodman and Mark Neuenschwander.
Please visit www.wslf.org/station-events for tickets
 
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Tampa, FL - Private Function at Bern's Steakhouse
 
Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Tampa, FL
The Fox Jazz Club  - - Whitney's back with her great band for another wonderful night of music with Matt Bokulic, Ben Kramer and Tracy Jordan. 
Call The Fox at 813-639-0400 for reservations. http://www.foxjazzcafe.net/
 
Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Engelwood, FL
The Palladium Theatre - - Whitney plays with LaRue Nickelson, Jeremy Powell, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman.
Visit www.lemonbayplayhouse.com for tickets
  
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7 PM
St. Petersburg, FL
NOVA 535 - - Whitney joins the wonderful Helios Jazz Orchestra as their guest vocalist for an evening of swingin' big band jazz!
http://privateevents.nova535.com/helios for information and tickets

Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Tampa, FL

The Fox Jazz Club  - - Whitney's back with her great band for another wonderful night of music with John O'Leary, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman.
Call The Fox at 813-639-0400 for reservations. http://www.foxjazzcafe.net/ 

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 8 - 10 PM
St. Petersburg, FL
The Palladium Theatre - - Whitney's back with her great band for another wonderful night of music with LaRue Nickelson, Jeremy Powell, Alejandro Arenas, and Mark Feinman.
Visit www.mypalladium.org for tickets











































 







 






 


 




















 

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Contact

Booking Information or to Contact Whitney James
Phone: 727.692.5010 or 212.365.8531
 
 
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Phone: 781.259.9600
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