A public viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary's Manchester Chapel at 3801 W. Manchester Blvd.
A private funeral is set to take place Saturday in Gardena.
The James family has asked that donations in her name be made to the nonprofit group, Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
Donations can be sent in care of Philadelphia International Records to:
309A Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P.O. Box 22438
Philadelphia, PA, 19101
The funeral will include a eulogy from the Rev. Al Sharpton and performances by celebrities.
James died last Friday in Riverside after a battle with leukemia and dementia.
During her 40-plus-year career, James won four Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards and toured with such notables as Little Richard and Otis Redding. In 1993, she earned a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
She was most famous for the song "At Last." She was 73.