Archive for the ‘ Holiday Jazz ’ Category

Marcus Johnson – Solo Piano Sessions: Christmas

When we have to define the term entrepreneur in the smooth jazz genre, comes one person immediately in mind. Marcus Johnson is the musician with the greatest need and field of activity. He founded with businessman Robert L. Johnson the label Three Keys Music signing artists like Bobby Lyle, Jaared, Michael Lington, Joey Summerville, Nick Colionne and others.

He established the full-service recording studio, Studio 8121, where he also teaches music seminars. He has been morning host on Washington, DC’s Smooth Jazz 105.9. He teaches a music business development course at Bowie State University. Beside these activities he released nineeen albums while constantly touring the States and abroad.

His newest project is Solo Piano Sessions: Christmas. This is Marcus Johnson’s first foray into recorded Solo Piano! The tasty-heartfelt arrangements and recordings are sure to be holiday favorites for years to come. And get ready for the solo Bonus Chill-hop version of Oh Christmas Tree.

You can buy this album on CDBaby.

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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues

2018 holiday release. Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers return with a powerhouse blues rock holiday album. Four original songs feature the hard driving, down and dirty “All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues”. And five holiday classics including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “The Christmas Song” are reimagined with a gritty, raucous spirit.

Mindi Abair is a two-time Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist, and author. Her solo career has produced ten #1 radio singles, two #1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed #5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. She was the featured saxophonist for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol.

Our third Christmas recommendation is available on Amazon.com.

Kenwood Anderson – Christmas Dreaming

Kenwood Anderson is a recording artist, producer, and songwriter. He grew up in Rochester, NY, surrounded by music and art. “My obsession with music was instant, and permanent,” he says. He graduated from School Of The Arts, and from Berklee College Of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and took every gig he could find. He has logged countless hours playing drums and singing background vocals for live performances. He was a member of the bands RioSoul, Kontroversy, and the Reall Deall Band.

Along the way, he developed his producing and songwriting talents. He creates smooth jazz albums under his own name, and produces other artists in various genres. His debut album “Handful Of Grooves“, earned a 5-star review in Recording Magazine. Christmas Dreaming is his new album offering your favorite Christmas classics done in a smooth, tasteful style.

Our second recommendation of a Christmas album is available on CDBaby.

Nils – Christmas Everyday

Christmas comes closer. Like every year a plethora of musicians are offering Christmas Music. Among those is guitarist Nils with his new album Christmas Everyday featuring Erin Stevenson, Ken Stacey, Clydene Jackson, Johnny Britt, and Diana Tash.

Nils prefers the traditional approach, where modern elements flow in here and there. The tunes are mostly vocals with some rare instrumentals.

Get the album on Amazon.com.

Christoph Spendel – The Piano Side of Christmas

Jazz professor, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer Christoph Spendel has a great impact on the German jazz scene. With a plethora of released albums he showcases his multifaceted artistry in jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz, classical, lounge, chill out, and many more genres.

On his new album The Piano Side of Christmas he combines his favorite instrument, the piano, with his favorite genre of this season, Christmas Jazz. Listen to Christoph’s jazzy approach to popular Christmas hymns on iTunes.

Various Artists – Innervision Holiday Collection Vol. 2

Innervision Records is an innovative record label with a special focus on operating within the ever-changing music industry and revolutionizing the way the artist-label relationship works. Innervision specializes in Groove/Smooth Jazz, Jazz, Chill, Neo-Soul and World Music. Innervision is dedicated to infusing fresh, new styles of music, and raising the level of the music you hear by bringing your airwaves, internet, and satellite radio great independent music created by artists with a passion for music. This passion, coupled with Innervisions rejection of the music industry’s corporate model, enables Innervision Records to bring unique and refreshing music to the masses.

The Innervision gang is back again to boost holiday spirit with some smooth jams, funky grooves and plenty of yuletide cheer! Innervision Holiday Collection Vol. 2 is now available on CDBaby.

Marcus Anderson – This Is Christmas

The gift of sound is fit for every season when Marcus Anderson comes to play. The saxophonist stands out with This Is Christmas, turning the traditional holiday cheer into something listeners can play throughout the year.    Breaking boundaries of soul and jazz, the tone is set and the vibe is just what one expects from a seasonal release with the reminders of home and family latticed throughout the compilation. Renditions of yuletide favorites such as Oh Christmas Tree, This Christmas and Oh Come All Ye Faithful welcome listeners with cheer and instrumental grace, enhanced by Anderson s natural musical trope.

Every facet of his talented ensemble is enlisted to heighten the experience of the songs we’ve all come to love and enjoy.   What is not expected is the sensuality which Anderson channels to break traditional expectations of jazz-themed Christmas music to deliver an album that can turn any day into a holiday. Play Christmas with Her and Favorite Time of the Year for a romantic evening with someone special- the melodies are perfect for cuddling, whether it be rain, sun or snow. Jingle Jam is another surprise, as Anderson embraces the more funky aspects of his musical background so that you can bring this track to the cookout!   Plug in the tree and light the candelabra because it is officially ignited with This Is Christmas! Clever and exceptionally -mastered, this album brings out the best of every occasion from winter to summer, spring and fall. Charging the senses while keeping you in the mood to celebrate, groove with Marcus Anderson and share the spice of the holiday season any time of year!

Get your Christmas album at Amazon.com.

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