Jose James' new studio album is titled No Beginning No End. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jose James. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meklit Hadero is based in the San Francisco Bay area, a two-hour drive north of Monterey. Rus Anson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Expat crooner Jose James visits WBGO's The Checkout for a live performance. Josh Jackson hide caption

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