Thanks to everyone who joined us in September with James and his band at the wonderful Metropolitan Room , NYC, for

James Hammel's

"One Step Forward"

Directed by Lina Koutrakos

“An excellent voice which seems to combine 'gentle' and 'dynamic' with ease.”
— Tony Wickham, Jazz World Radio, Maldwyn, UK

“…masterful, yet effortless sounding, guitar work… smooth, but with plenty of meat on its bones…” —John Zeigler, KUMD, Duluth, MN


“One Step Forward” weaves together singer/songwriter/guitarist James’ Hammel’s lives as both long-time corporate CEO and performer through an eclectic mix of originals, Cole Porter, Bobby Troup, Jimmy McHugh, Sammy Fain, Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, Don Raye, Johnny Mercer, Barry Manilow, Freddie Mercury and more. With some noted jazz players comprising his five-piece band, James will debut the title song One Step Forward in this Metropolitan Room show.

The musicians featured are:

James Hammel, vocals, guitar and arrangements. See About James Hammel below.

Daryl Kojak, piano, has worked on the New York music scene for more than twenty five years as a pianist, producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musical director.  The musical genres and styles of his extensive recording experience include jazz, classical, blues, rock, R&B, pop, new age and musical theatre.  An accomplished and widely diverse composer, Daryl has created and scored music for film, television, stage, artist’s recordings and video games.

Dmitri Kolesnik, bass, has performed with greats such as Dave Brubeck, Sheila Jordan, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Billy Taylor, and Pat Metheny.

Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax, drums, has performed with jazz legends Jimmy Scott and Lionel Hampton.

Ole Mathisen, saxophone, has played with Ron Carter and appeared on dozens of jazz recordings and is a member of the famed Syoto Orchestra led by Chris Washburne, regularly featured at Smoke in New York City.

About James Hammel
Singer, guitarist and songwriter, James Hammel is a new face to the cabaret world with a long history of performing that is surpassed only by his 20 years at the top of the business world. Blending his own, often autobiographical originals with fresh arrangements of standards and some twists on adult pop tunes, what often comes through are both the boyish levity at his hard-earned freedom from— as well as his homage to— his years at the top of the corporate. His guitar work and mature, double-life perspective lend an unusual dimension to his cabaret set. Traveling the world to board meetings with his rented guitar and staff paper waiting back in his hotel room, Hammel always dismissed what his guitar teacher, the late jazz great Sal Salvador, predicted: That he would one day emerge from his business destiny and fully turn back to music. After the events of 9/11, which directly impacted James’ company and life, he made good on Sal’s prediction and produced his first full-length CD, Do It All Over Again. He is currently working on a second, and in the meantime, performs in New York City at private parties and venues such as Metropolitan Room, Satalla, Kavehaz, PM, CBGBs gallery and The Bitter End, and recently appeared on Houston PBS’ Emmy-award-winning show “The After Party”.


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