Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Featuring Peabo Bryson, Leela James, and James Jamerson Jr.

Sunday, March 10th 2013


with No Treble

Most of the Funk Brothers—who were already in their seventies when the film was shot—have passed on. This show is not about the Funk Brothers. It is however, about the most important musical figure in the Funk Brothers and that was James Jamerson. Jamerson passed away in 1983, but his son James Jr.—the only bassist on the planet who plays exactly like his Dad—is still here. A celebrated West Coast studio bass player who has performed and recorded with everyone from Janet Jackson, to Chaka Kahn, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and the Crusaders, James Jr. will be playing bass and leading a sizzling, eleven-piece band fronted by multi-Grammy Award R&B vocalist Peabo Bryson and BET personality and STAX recording artist Leela James. During the course of the show, James Jr. will tell the story of his father through performances of two-dozen Motown tunes, off-the-cuff reminiscences, and both heartbreaking and side-splitting anecdotes—all to a multi-media 9’ X 12’ backdrop of projected images and video of Motown’s groundbreaking master bassist, as well as short, selected scenes from the movie version of Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.