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ABOUT

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JAmes Shipp is a vibraphonist, a percussionist, a synthesist, and a songwriter. For the last decade-and-a-half he has performed, recorded, toured the world with some of New York City's best musicians. Trained as a jazz vibraphone soloist and accompanist, James's post-conservatory interests have led him to become a sought-after Brazilian percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist in bands both experimental and tightly arranged, a composer of music for experimental theater, and a versatile and holistic producer of studio music, bringing to bear his knowledge of both acoustic and analog electronic instruments on a range of projects. 

James currently tours with the Anat Cohen Tentet, Jean Rohe and the End of the World Show, Banda Magda, the Nadje Noordhuis Quintet, and Christina Courtin (Pilot Violet). He has recorded and performed with Paquito d’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy, Bokante, Kate McGarry, Becca Stevens, Bob Lanzetti, The Kronos Quartet, and Sting.

As a leader, James has been performing his mostly satirical songs solo and with his band since 2016, and will be releasing an EP later this year; as a songwriter he is represented by TRO-Palm Valley Music. He is a member of the MakeSpeak Ensemble, a collaborative trio that composes and performs music for dance and theater. (They premiered the music for Jephta's Daughter at the Munich State Opera in 2015, and will compose a new work for the Berlin Opera in the fall.) He has performed as a duo with trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis since 2012. Last year, they released their first album, Indigo, to rapt audiences at the Wangeratta International Jazz Festival in Victoria, Australia. James’ band Nós Novo took an improvisor’s ear to traditional Irish repertoire and released Strange Sweethearts in America to critical acclaim in 2009.  

James has been a bandleader, composer, producer, and workshop facilitator for Carnegie Hall’s social impact programs for the last decade, working with thousands of people of all ages in prisons, jails, hospitals, shelters, and schools throughout New York City. Two of the lullabies he co-wrote through that work were featured on the 2018 Universal Music Group release Hopes and Dreams, sung by mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato and soprano Pretty Yende. He currently co-directs Carnegie Hall’s Future Music Project Ensemble, and was recently the creative director of the music program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.  James was a faculty artist at the Silk Road Ensemble's 2016 Global Musician Workshop, where he taught Brazilian, Irish, and Finnish tunes to students from all over the world.

JAmes earned both a Bachelor's and Master's of Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of music. He currently lives in Brooklyn, and is very happy there.

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shows

 

MUSIC

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playing vibes with his band Choro Dragão, on his arrangement of the choro standard Assanhado

playing vibraphone, drums, and synthesizer with MakeSpeak live @ Bimhuis in Amsterdam in 2016

playing vibraphone on his arrangement of the Irish ballad ‘As I Roved Out’ feat vocalist Becca Stevens

 

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  Nadje Noordhuis + James Shipp     Indigo     Indigo pairs the gorgeous, endlessly melodic trumpet and flugelhorn playing of Nadje Noordhuis with James Shipp’s expansive blending of vibraphone and analog electronic textures. Their music feels like an intimate, interactive jazz-based duo that could be easily taken for a live score to a film, or to a rural night sky.

Nadje Noordhuis + James Shipp
Indigo

Indigo pairs the gorgeous, endlessly melodic trumpet and flugelhorn playing of Nadje Noordhuis with James Shipp’s expansive blending of vibraphone and analog electronic textures. Their music feels like an intimate, interactive jazz-based duo that could be easily taken for a live score to a film, or to a rural night sky.

  MakeSpeak     Jephta's Daughter     Music written by James (with collaborators Haggai Cohen-Milo and Mateo Lugo) for a dance piece by Saar Magal which was presented by the Bavarian State Opera in August 2015.  The piece involved 10 dancers, four opera singers, and the MakeSpeak trio.  JAmes played vibraphone, classical percussion, drums, and synthesizers.

MakeSpeak
Jephta's Daughter

Music written by James (with collaborators Haggai Cohen-Milo and Mateo Lugo) for a dance piece by Saar Magal which was presented by the Bavarian State Opera in August 2015.  The piece involved 10 dancers, four opera singers, and the MakeSpeak trio.  JAmes played vibraphone, classical percussion, drums, and synthesizers.

  James Shipp + Nós Novo     Strange Sweethearts in America     "Vibraphonist James Shipp's Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit...More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together on the band's lovely new album."  - Time Out New York

James Shipp + Nós Novo
Strange Sweethearts in America

"Vibraphonist James Shipp's Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit...More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together on the band's lovely new album."

- Time Out New York

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as a sideman

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vibraphone with Miho Hazama @ Jazz Standard

percussion with Kate McGarry @ National Sawdust

marimba with Banda Magda in Switzerland

 

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  Anat Cohen Tentet - Happy Song   James tours the world playing vibraphone and Brazilian percussion in Anat's large(ish) ensemble of NYC improvisors. He is featured on prepared vibraphone on  Kenedougou Foly

Anat Cohen Tentet - Happy Song

James tours the world playing vibraphone and Brazilian percussion in Anat's large(ish) ensemble of NYC improvisors. He is featured on prepared vibraphone on Kenedougou Foly

  Banda Magda - Tigre   James plays percussion, glockenspiel, and occasional tubular bells in Banda Magda, with whom he has toured extensively since 2013. He was instrumental in arranging the percussion on  Thiamandi

Banda Magda - Tigre

James plays percussion, glockenspiel, and occasional tubular bells in Banda Magda, with whom he has toured extensively since 2013. He was instrumental in arranging the percussion on Thiamandi

  Kurt Elling - Passion World   James played congas and various percussion on Kurt's 2015 release. Below hear several layers of JAmes forming a batucada on  Você Já Foi à Bahia?

Kurt Elling - Passion World

James played congas and various percussion on Kurt's 2015 release. Below hear several layers of JAmes forming a batucada on Você Já Foi à Bahia?

  Jean Rohe - and the End of the World Show   James has played in several of Jean's band since 2013. On this release he played percussion, vibraphone, marimba, and sang. 

Jean Rohe - and the End of the World Show

James has played in several of Jean's band since 2013. On this release he played percussion, vibraphone, marimba, and sang. 

  Bob Lanzetti - Whose Feet Are These That Are Walking   James played percussion on Bob's tune  Marge , and it really ties the whole record together.

Bob Lanzetti - Whose Feet Are These That Are Walking

James played percussion on Bob's tune Marge, and it really ties the whole record together.

  Pilot Violet - Nite Farm   James plays synthesizers on live Pilot Violet shows, but his studio contribution to this fantastic album was as a vibraphonist on  I Could Get Used to This

Pilot Violet - Nite Farm

James plays synthesizers on live Pilot Violet shows, but his studio contribution to this fantastic album was as a vibraphonist on I Could Get Used to This

  Kate McGarry - If Less is More...   James played percussion on this beautiful record by one of his favorite singers, and was featured on pandeiro and tan-tan on Kate's unique version of  You Don't Have to Cry

Kate McGarry - If Less is More...

James played percussion on this beautiful record by one of his favorite singers, and was featured on pandeiro and tan-tan on Kate's unique version of You Don't Have to Cry

Banda Magda - Yearkina 

James first joined Banda Magda as a percussionist on this album, and provided the driving Indian-inspired beat on Karotseri

  Owen Broder - Heritage   James played vibraphone and percussion on this 2018 jazz reimagining of American roots music, and was featured as a soloist on Broder's  Goin' Up Home.

Owen Broder - Heritage

James played vibraphone and percussion on this 2018 jazz reimagining of American roots music, and was featured as a soloist on Broder's Goin' Up Home.

  Miho Hazama - Time River   James has played in Miho Hazama's M Unit since its formation in 2012, and is featured as a soloist here on  Dizzy Dizzy Wildflower.

Miho Hazama - Time River

James has played in Miho Hazama's M Unit since its formation in 2012, and is featured as a soloist here on Dizzy Dizzy Wildflower.

  Dr Lonnie Smith - Rise Up!   James played percussion and congas on the legendary hammond B3 mystic's 2009 release.

Dr Lonnie Smith - Rise Up!

James played percussion and congas on the legendary hammond B3 mystic's 2009 release.

  Peter Eldridge - Mad Heaven   James played percussion on this endlessly charming 2011 release.  He can be heard on congas, bell, and shaker here on  Buffet Philosophy

Peter Eldridge - Mad Heaven

James played percussion on this endlessly charming 2011 release.  He can be heard on congas, bell, and shaker here on Buffet Philosophy

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