Featuring Kandace Springs, James Carter Organ Trio & James Francies
Synonymous will all things jazz, Blue Note will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019. Get ready for three artists in a spectacular celebration of the label and jazz music today. Only Blue Note Records, with their unique brand of cool, could assemble such a dynamic evening of talent and music with the James Carter Organ Trio.
James Carter – Saxophone
James Carter is a 49-year-old saxophonist from Detroit. He as recorded 18 albums under his own name while appearing on many more with artists including The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ginger Baker (Cream), Kathleen Battle, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Madeleine Peyroux and Marcus Miller, among others. The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz’s meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues-drenched blowing. In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated improvisers, the organ trio is no less meaty and satisfying. But his virtuosic saxophone chops elevate the organ combo to a rarefied realm defined by delectable soul, a gourmet repertoire, and consistently inspired group interplay. Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit’s rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive drum support of Motor City trap master Alex White, the multigenerational James Carter Organ Trio is now in its 17th year.
Kandace Springs – Vocalist and Keyboards
Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, she mimics none of them. Springs eventually attracted the attention of Prince, who had heard her makeover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and then invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. She has since appeared on Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons, Aqualung’s 10 Futures, and Black Violin’s Stereotypes.
James Francies – Piano
22-year-old James Francies is next in the long line of jazz pianists who have characterized the music of Blue Note. He has recorded/performed with Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Robert Glasper and Lauryn Hill, among many others. He also performed on Chance The Rapper’s hit single “No Problem,” which went on to win 2 Grammy Awards. In addition, he frequently fills-in with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon.