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James Shipp

Born in Columbia, Maryland, James Shipp moved to New York to study music, and has resided there ever since. James’ career is full of musics that inhabit multiple worlds. His earliest work of note as a sideman was with Tito Puente veteran trumpeter Ray Vega, with whom he played vibes in Caribbean jazz quartets and quintets from 2002-2005. In 2006 he recorded with Vega and operatic soprano Sharon Spinetti, playing music by Debussy, Lara, and Villa- Lobos arranged by James for jazz quartet.

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“Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit, played via a mix of strings and percussion instruments and the soaring voice of singer Jo Lawry. More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together on the band’s lovely new debut album…”

—Time Out New York

“…a striking new album, ‘Strange Sweethearts in America,’ which advances a jazz-based take on traditional Celtic music,”

—Nate Chinen, the New York Times

“Strange Sweethearts in America is a refreshing blend of Irish, Brazilian music and jazz that really works wonderfully

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