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Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

Saturday, March 3, 2018 8:00 PM

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Celebrating the 80th birth year of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers, Blue Note recording artist José James explores Withers's deep musical catalog from "Ain't No Sunshine" to "Just the Two of Us."

 

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Celebrating the 80th birth year of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers, Blue Note recording artist José James explores Withers's deep musical catalog that has touched millions of hearts and united communities worldwide.

Vetted personally by Withers himself, the concert features his top ten hits as well as his soul ballads and rare grooves. José James brings both a deep musical appreciation and a contemporary approach to songs such as “Ain't No Sunshine,” “Hope She'll Be Happier,” “Just the Two of Us," and of course "Lean on Me." Fittingly, James has assembled a truly all-star cast of musicians: Nate Smith on drums, Reuben Rodgers on bass, James Francies on keys, and Brad Allen Williams on guitar.

Performance Timing: Approximately 85 minutes, with no intermission.