Kevin St. James Band
Jazz standards as seen thru the Rhythm & BLues Looking-gLass ... With Joe McWilliams, Herb WiLson, Esdras Lubin and JB SutherLand ... Another nite of time traveL back to the oLd days of Cafe Nine.
The Kevin Saint James Band is an ongoing side project, a well-kept secret, and a continuous science experiment, conducted and perpetuated by the involvement and respective availability of its members. It’s the resulting hybrid stemming from the original pairing of Jazz pianist, Joe McWilliams and Rhythm & Blues singer, Kevin Saint James. Encouraged by then-owner, Mike Reichbart, the two, along with local songbird Kriss Santala, started doing a sort of piano-lounge show from time to time at Cafe Nine in the mid 1990’s. Having reconnected with each other just a few years ago, they resumed working at Cafe Nine, this time with the full band as it is today.
The group uses a variety of well-known standards made popular by artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, and Louis Prima as a basis for creative reinterpretation and spontaneous transmutation. It all comes out with a surprisingly unique and personal feel – “The Gravitational Soul” – as it were, of this particular combination of personalities and each one’s own artistic input.