James Singleton is an acoustic bassist, composer, and producer. He will perform in the “Jazz at The Joint” series at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse in North Little Rock on September 14, 2020.
He is a member of the New Orleans-based jazz group Astral Project ( link ) with Johnny Vidacovich ( link ), Tony Dagradi ( link ), and Steve Masakowski ( link ). He has been described as one of the best and most sought after bassists in New Orleans. ( link#cite_note-1) ) He has performed with John Scofield ( link ), Stanton Moore ( link ), and John Medeski ( link ) as well as John Abercrombie ( link) ), Art Baron ( link ), Ellis Marsalis ( link. ), Earl Turbinton, Eddie Harris ( link ), Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown ( link ), Lionel Hampton ( link ), Arnett Cobb ( link ) and Banu Gibson among others. He has recorded with Chet Baker ( link ), Alvin “Red” Tyler ( link ), James Booker ( link ), Johnny “Tan Canary” Adams ( link ), Charlie Rich ( link ) and Zachary Richard ( link ) among others. He produced Astral Project’s Elvado which won OffBeat ( link) ) magazine’s 1998 Best Modern Jazz Album of the year award. Although Elvado has been described as “straight-ahead bop-influenced jazz with a Crescent City ambiance” ( link#cite_note-2) ) Astral Project’s live performances are also known for improvisation which Singleton has described as “composing in the groove.” ( link#cite_note-3) ) He has led projects such as “3 Now 4,” “The James Singleton Orchestra” and “The James Singleton Trio.” Some of Singleton’s recent projects include playing as a member of the New Orleans saxophonist Robert Wagner Trio ( link#cite_note-4) ) and the New Orleans keyboardist Robert Walter Trio ( link) ). In early 2007 he toured nationally with Skerik ( link ) and Mike Dillon ( link) ). In 2008 various projects included an experimental jazz string quartet composed of two former Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra ( link ) members Dave Rebeck and Matt Rhody as well as cellist Helen Gillet. ( link#cite_note-5) ) Singleton moved to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina ( link ), but continued to perform frequently in New Orleans. ( link#cite_note-6) ) In December 2008, Singleton returned to New Orleans.