TD Jazz - Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

November 15, 2018

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2018

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2018

Arts Commons Presents:
The music of legend Bill Withers by José James

CALGARY – Jose James has made a career out of experimentation, freely embracing and discarding sounds, traditions and expectations.

Now he’s applying his genre-blending style to a well-loved sound: the music of the legendary Bill Withers, who is responsible for classic hit including Lean On Me, Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us and Grandma’s Hands, at Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers on November 15 at Arts Commons.

This isn’t just Withers lyrics with a hip-hop beat. James poured over Withers nine LPs, the Still Bill documentary, and countless YouTube clips to reinvigorate the music in a way that still honoured the original.

“Working with Bill Withers’ catalog, I feel like a rock star, because every song is a hit,” James said. “And like a great hit, not the embarrassing hit from when you were in high school, but like the ‘Oh my god I love this song so much’ hit, you know.”

Withers gave James his heartfelt seal of approval over dinner at Musso & Frank’s in Hollywood.
Withers himself hasn’t performed in decades, making Jose James’ new show the most genuine way to experience his timeless songs. This year also happens to celebrate Withers 80th birthday, making the Lean On Me tour a truly timely tribute to a living legend.

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Who: Arts Commons Presents: TD Jazz José James
Where: Arts Commons (Jack Singer Concert Hall)
When: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at 7:30pm


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