Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

Whitney James

Vocalist Whitney James takes her rightful place among today’s great jazz singers with her stunning debut album, The Nature of Love. James blends a singer’s sensitivity to lyrics with an instrumentalist’s command of phrasing, melody, and timbre. The album’s ambitious program of material includes classics from the Great American Songbook such as Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin’s “Long Ago and Far Away” and Irving Berlin’s “How Deep Is the Ocean,” as well as challenging jazz tunes such as Benny Golson’s “Whisper Not” and Jimmy Rowles’s “The Peacocks.”

James doesn’t just sing a tune,she creatively engages it. Every time she approaches a melody and a lyric, she finds a new way to phrase them, shape them, highlight a word or a few notes that shade the meaning and make the music richer. Her sense of time and pacing make her a consummate musician’s singer—she knows how to work with a band, instead of asking it to merely back her. Her supple alto voice wraps itself around a song like a sheer silk scarf. She sings with a bright clarity of tone, yet she colors her sound with earthy inflections, subtle squeezed notes, dark growls, and notes of soaring purity.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Primary Instrument



New York, NY

3 Photos


The Nature of Love
The Nature of Love
Damselfly Productions/Stir Stick Music



Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

Premium Profiles

Synia Carroll Synia Carroll
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz
sax, tenor
Thomas Steffen Thomas Steffen
William Mentz William Mentz
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto
Harrison Goldberg Harrison Goldberg
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
Nicolas Bearde Nicolas Bearde
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.