James HurtJames (*1967) grew up in Memphis, TN. He attended Watkins Overton High School of the Creative and Performing Arts as a percussionist. Following early training as a drummer, James switched to the piano after an encounter with the great Phineas Newborn jr. Upon moving to New York City in 1994, James immersed himself in the underground jazz music scene playing in several bands at Smalls in the West Village. James was a member of Sherman Irby Quartet and was signed to Blue Note Records as a Group which included Eric Revis and Dana Murray.
James has recorded in several genres and is a three-time grammy nominee for albums with Antonio Hart ("Here I Stand"), Abbey Lincoln ("Wholly Earth"), and Russell Gunn ("Ethnomusicology Vol. I"). The Pi Recordings Release of "Juncture", a hybrid project that paired music compositions with pulp fiction, features a composition written by James entitled "Greed". His own first album was "Dark Grooves - Mystical Rhythms" on Blue Note Records in 1999.
In the early 2000s James was a founding member of the New York City based hip-hop collective known as "The Real Live Show". They were also the first hip-hop band to play the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York's West Village.
James has toured with several artists of his generation including Antonio Hart, Abraham Burton, Sherman Irby, in addition to performing with forward thinkers such as composer, trumpeter, and educator Wadada Leo Smith in Organic Resonance, Elizabeth Kontomanou, No Wave Experimental Music pioneer Arto Lindsay, trumpeter, electronic experimentalist and composer Graham Haynes, DJ Logic, the Melvin Gibbs collective "Elevated Entity", "Conduction" innovator Butch Morris, composer, percussionist, and conductor Adam Rudolph (as a percussionist), and Bajram Istrefi jr.
Known for his unique sound, penchant for rhythm, and dedication to creativity in the moment James has made guest appearances with a wide range of creative artists such as Buster Williams, Eric McPherson, Nasheet Waits, Donald Edwards, Stacy Dillard, Nate Smith, Felix Pastorius, Marco Capelli, Chris Dingman, guitarist David Gilmore, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Corey Glover, Soul Live, Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, Kudu, and DJ Spinna.
When in New York City Hurt performs, presents workshops, and gives private instruction both independently and through the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Here I Stand
recorded 1997 in USA
Antonio Hart, soprano sax, alto sax
Mark Gross, flute, alto sax
Amadou Dioulde Diallo, tenor saxophone
Jay Brandford, baritone saxophone
Patrick Rickman, trumpet
Robin Eubanks, trombone
James Hurt, piano, organ
Shirley Scott, piano, organ
John Benítez, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums
Pernell Saturnino, percussion
Jessica Care Moore, vocals
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