I took a day trip to Brooklyn with Meagan Shea yesterday. Weeksville Heritage Center was hosting its free concert series [Meshell Ndegeocello and Keziah Jones will be there in the upcoming weeks], and my favorite jazz vocalist performed. Meagan knew how much I loved his music, so it was a no brainer that I attend! Jose James’ music was introduced to me in 2009, and I was hooked that very night. My friend Emeka shared some of his favorite artists, and he told me he thought I’d really like Jose. Yep, he hit the nail right on the head. He’s got a deep bass-y voice that keeps you in a trance. My favorite instrument sound is the trumpet, so I captured this piece of Jose singing, plus a solo from his trumpet player.
I assumed that I’d see some pretty creative hair, since no one seems to give a f— in NYC. Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum, and they don’t let the latest mainstream music videos or Vogue decide what’s dope. Everyone was comfortable in their skin, and there was a happiness that I can’t really describe. No two styles were the same, and all were unique to the owner. I wish I had my Canon and not this simple Droid camera!