José James has released his original holiday single, “Christmas in New York,” co-written with his partner Talia Billig and featuring the all-star trio of pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jharis Yokley. The acclaimed jazz vocalist explains that he composed this idealized vision of Christmas-time “for people like myself, who aren’t able to see their families another year.” The song is included on his Merry Christmas from José James, his first holiday-themed full length, due out November 19. It also follows the first single from this album, a take on the John Coltrane staple “My Favorite Things” featuring acclaimed saxophonist Marcus Strickland. Pre-order Merry Christmas from José James here.
Featured photo by Janette Beckman.
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