Bob James recently visited Fukushima for the “Music for Tomorrow” benefit concert series. While there James had the opportunity to chat with singer, song writer, composer, and former lead singer for ‘Off Course’, Kazumasa Oda.
Bob James will perform on March 6, 2016 in the Fukushima Prefecture Cultural Center. The show will feature the elegant Alice Soyer, who will perform in both French and English. This year’s benefit concert marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic tsunami that wrecked havoc on the nation of Japan, and caused further devastation with nuclear meltdowns, with Fukushima among the most severely effected.
Admission is free, and doors open at 14:00, with the show beginning at 19:30.
The concert is scheduled to be broadcast on NKH General TV on March 22, and NHK World TV on March 20 & 27, as well as April 3.
For more information: MUSIC FOR TOMORROW IN FUKUSHIMA
Make sure to catch the 58th Grammy Awards tonight, where Bob James is nominated for, Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella for the song “Ghost Of A Chance”, from THE NEW COOL. THE NEW COOL is the album released in 2015 with long time friend and band mate [fOURPLAY], Nathan East.
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella.
Ghost Of A Chance
Bob James, arranger (Bob James & Nathan East)
Track from: The New Cool (Bob James & Nathan East)
Label: Yamaha Entertainment Group Of America
We’re happy to report that the celebrated jazz quartet, Fourplay, reached just that milestone this year and are celebrating the happy occasion with a new album called Silver.
The supergroup began its journey in 1990, when keyboardist Bob James asked drummer Harvey Mason, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Lee Ritenour to collaborate with him on the recording of his album Grand Piano Canyon. They released their self-titled debut in 1991. Since then, they’ve released more than ten albums, received a Grammy nomination and had several number one hits on Billboard‘s contemporary jazz chart.
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It’s hard to come up with a more evocative sound than a Fourplay song – the flowing funk undertones of drummer Harvey Mason and bassist Nathan East, and the wonderful keyboard work of Bob James support the memorable themes they have created for over 25 years. Their newest guitarist Chuck Loeb is joined by Fourplay alumni and Jazz guitar icons Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour on Silver, the newest album from this seminal group.
Composer, producer and keyboardist Bob James is well known for writing such evocative themes as “Angela”, a song so singular that it can serve as the theme of a sitcom as well as the backing track to the newest Cee Lo song. The Fourplay member/founder sat down with us in this edition of Deezer Five Questions: