Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration

James Francies Trio
Kandace Springs
James Carter Organ Trio

Celebrate the legendary jazz record label with performances by three outstanding artists. Houston native pianist James Francies released his Blue Note debut Flight in 2018, and is enjoying a meteoric rise in the jazz world and beyond. Kandace Springs counts Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling recordings, mimics none of them. Detroit saxophonist James Carter leads an intergenerational organ trio featuring rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive drum support of Alex White.

Read the program notes by Rick Mitchell.

“Like Hancock [James Francies] blends a traditional touch on piano with an ear for contemporary rhythms. His influences include Oscar Peterson and Mulgrew Miller, yet the beats are often pure Def Jam. It’s a potent blend.” – The Times, London

“[Kandace Springs] offers a vocal intonation rich and sultry on ballads, playful and improvisational at more sprightly tempos. Her singing is impeccable.” — DownBeat

“At his earthiest and most accessible with this classic Hammond organ trio lineup…Carter can be sumptuously romantic or exhilaratingly funky.” – The Guardian