February 2021 marked the release of Tomorrow
, the brand new album from the charming and distinctive jazz vocalist, James Hudson. Citing a wide spectrum of influential luminaries in his development as an artist including Mel Torme
, Nat King Cole
, Sarah Vaughan
, Oscar Peterson
, Diana Krall
, Harry Connick, Jr.
and Ella Fitzgerald
—James Hudson became inspired to establish his own voice and unique style, the sum of which is captured in the music of Tomorrow
Providing a new and inimitable take on a range of rare and celebrated jazz standards, James Hudson provides a very different premise to many interpreters of this genre, by way of an impressive vocal range and stylish timbre, tied together with tasteful phrasing and crystal clear pronunciation. These distinguished features are undoubtedly things that set Hudson apart as a vocalist at the top of his game and a rising star on the UK jazz scene. Speaking about Tomorrow
, James comments: “This album is the biggest milestone of my career so far and it’s been fuelled by my desire to keep jazz standards alive”
James Hudson is an alumni of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, where he enjoyed a successful stint as their lead male vocalist. He is no stranger to the live stage, having performed with NYJO at a range of jazz festivals and subsequently finding demand as a soloist at leading venues such as Ronnie Scotts and Pizza Express Jazz. A growing reputation as a top tier vocalist has led to appearances at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Leeds Jazz Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival and the Snape Proms, as well as regular work with multiple big bands and award winning jazz orchestras. Internationally, James Hudson has performed shows in Egypt, India, Norway, Spain, France, Switzerland, as well as triumphant residency at the Hotel De Paris in Monte Carlo. This wealth of live performance experience is undoubtedly reflected on Tomorrow
, with confidence and charisma shining through in droves.
James Hudson’s collaborators on Tomorrow
represent the next generation of jazz professionals, ready to make a significant mark on the musical landscape through their own creative talents. The original arrangements that Hudson and his contemporaries showcase on Tomorrow
reflect the innovative nature of their creators. With a heady mix of energetic swing, pensive ballads and luscious Bossa Nova’s, James Hudson and his musical collaborators have added a genuinely fresh and captivating take on a range of classic material. Tomorrow
is a serious piece of art within its genre and a great piece of entertainment for those who like timeless songs, arranged and performed impeccably.