Video: James Singleton Malabar

906 James Singleton at WWOZ [Photo by Carrie Booher]

James Singleton at WWOZ [Photo by Carrie Booher]
James Singleton at WWOZ [Photo by Carrie Booher]
Friday, January 19, 2024 -
8:00pm to 9:30pm

George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center

1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the 2024 Jazz & Heritage Concert Series celebrating contemporary jazz at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center! The series continues on Friday, January 19 at 8pm CT with a performance from James Singleton Malabar.

James Singleton is one of New Orleans’– if not the country’s – most adventurous and energetic stand-up bassists. He is perhaps most noted for his membership in the contemporary jazz quartet Astral Project, but he is also a composer, producer, bandleader, and one of the most in-demand sidemen in town. He is an aural innovator, and collaborates with some of the day’s leading artists to break musical boundaries. All the while, his infectious smile and enthusiasm light up any performance space.

Born in Chicago in 1955, Singleton went to college briefly to study jazz, but moved to New Orleans in 1976 to play with legendary Louisiana bluesman Clarence “Gatemouth Brown. He began gigging with James Booker and Ellis Marsalis, and formed Astral Project with Johnny Vidacovich, Steve Masakowski, Tony Dagradi, and Dave Torkanowsky.

Over his four-decade career he has played and recorded with a lengthy list of legends: John Scofield, Chet Baker, John Abercrombie, Lionel Hampton, Art Baron, Eddie Harris, Alvin “Red” Tyler, and Earl Turbinton, among others.

His contemporary projects include work with Skerik, Stanton Moore, Helen Gillet, Robert Walter, and John Medeski. He fronts his own eponymous combos, 3 Now 4, and, most recently, Nolatet, which includes Mike Dillon on vibes, Brian Haas on piano, and Johnny Vidacovich on drums.

Singleton has toured the world with a number of different groups, and at home is the go-to bassist to call for a gig. He has recorded on countless albums, and has collected a shelf-load of awards and honors.

Tickets are available for $10 at If you can't be there in person, WWOZ will be video streaming from the concert at and on our Facebook page

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