New York City-based jazz vocalist José James celebrates the 80th birthday of R&B legend Bill Withers – “Lean on Me: Jose James Celebrates Bill Withers” – at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.

James, an outstanding vocalist who recorded his first album in 2008, joined WUN’s Frank Prosnitz on The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK on Wednesday.

On the program, they talk about James’ ascension as one of today’s leading male jazz vocalists, about his Bill Withers project, and his album commemorating Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday.

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James will perform twice during the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival, at the Opening Night Concert at the International Tennis Hall Of Fame on Friday, August 3rd and at Fort Adams on Saturday, August 4th. For tickets and more information, visit

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