Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Thu November 15 - Thu November 15, 2018
Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Arts Commons Presents
TD Jazz

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lobby Pre-show at 6:30pm
Concert starts at 7:30pm

Suave and eclectic, José James fills stages large and small with his warmth, charisma, and soulful voice. His jazz has a unique flavour, bringing a hip-hop and R&B vibe to the genre while wowing audiences internationally and in his home country of the United States.

For this concert, José honours the great Bill Withers with his refreshing interpretation of classics like Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us, and of course Lean on Me. In his contemporary flare, he loses none of the original beauty of the music, instead encouraging a deeper appreciation through his respectful treatment of the musical material.

“A romantic baritone with a deep-funk band, stretching out songs, evoking both the ’70s of Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron and the ’90s and oughts of J Dilla.”

 

Part of TD Jazz presented by Arts Commons.

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The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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