James Jackson Jr. to Bring BLACK TO THE GARDEN to The Cutting Room, 3/21
Performance Artist, James Jackson, Jr. sings an ode to the music that made him who he is. "James has that little something extra!" Call him what you want. Just don't call him "Fabulous". This acclaimed vocalist and story-teller sings the tale of what built the stage persona who has performed in some of the coolest venues in New York City and beyond. It's not your ordinary night of soul, but then again, it never was. James invites you to "Come have a meeting on the bridge he's built between the soul, the folk, the rhythm, and the blues." I'll bet you didn't even know he owned a pair of Birkenstocks. In his new inter-active solo show, the reigning (and self-proclaimed) High Brown Priestess of Story Telling takes a walk down Memory Lane to musically show you why the darker side of Broadway just wasn't for him, and why the soaring soprano of Joni Mitchell always made him want to smoke more and fall in love with white boys less.
With a soul-tastic band lead by the multi-talented, and ever charming Elliot Roth, James has a night of musical truth-telling planned that will definitely bring you all the way Black To The Garden. Sometimes you have to give everything to get back to yourself.
James Jackson, Jr. Lover of tight jeans, too much jewelry, and good soul searching music, the diamond-hearted, sharp-witted, Boston native Mr. Jackson was undergraduately reared by lesbians in the New England Berkshires after artistically growing up on the south shore of Massachusetts under the soul-food tutelage of a deep southern family. That explains where a soul singer like this learns to appreciate the true history of women's music. The shoes; Birkenstocks. The music; Indigo, Simone, Franklin & Difranco. The relationships; many, lost, and strong.
Deposited in New York City over a decade ago & the real work began. Dance belts, regional stage yelts, never fitting in with the in-crowd, a team of demanding Brits, and even a rather unfortunate stop in Branson, Missouri all lead to his discovery of artistic truth on prestigious stages like Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall. His highly emotional, devastatingly funny cabaret act has been seen at Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Duane Park, DROM, The A.R.T.'s Club Oberon, and Los Angeles' Lyric Theatre. James' razor-sharp wit, unique sense of humor, talent, and on & off stage persona have become an artistic force to be reckoned with as well as a voice people want to hear as he changes the face of the concert stage.