Archive for the ‘ Holiday Jazz ’ Category

James “JD” Dawkins Jr. – A Jazzy Christmas

ajazzychristmasJames “JD” Dawkins Jr. is an accomplished musician, composer, songwriter, and producer. James was born and raised in Miami, Florida. James Dawkins plays several different instruments including bass guitar, drums, trumpet, lead guitar, and B3 organ. Dawkins developed his soulful rich sound from influences such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Chic Corea, and the Average White Band just to name a few. His unique sound is a combination of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Gospel genres.

In 2015 he released his debut Smooth Jazz album titled Smile For Me which is still in rotation on Smooth Jazz and Contemporary Jazz radio networks across the country/world. When the James Dawkins Band is not touring, he actively serves as the music director for various artists and organizations throughout Los Angeles. He is dedicated to philanthropic initiatives which involve working with youth and young adult students during the summer by giving private lessons and mentoring sessions. His new album is entitled A Jazzy Christmas.

A Jazzy Christmas is now on sale at James’ website.

Bob Baldwin – The Gift of Christmas

14947413_1049456588486721_5514232106515465841_nBob Baldwin is an International Jazz artist, having recorded on 4 different continents since the beginning of his recording career (1988). He has 8 top-10 Billboard Jazz discs since 2000. In 2015, his tribute to Stevie Wonder (“MelloWonder/Songs in the Key of Stevie), broke top through the top-10 Billboard Jazz Charts, his 12th Top-20 disc. In 1988, Roberta Flack selected him as the Sony Innovators Award winner in a highly publicized new-artist-signing contest. He was then walked into music mogul Sylvia Rhone’s office and signed his first deal with Atlantic Jazz. He’s worked with such Jazz and Pop stars like George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr. (RIP), Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Kirk Whalum, Phil Perry, Chuck Loeb and Chieli Minucci, to name a select few.

His newest project is The Gift of Christmas. This album features on selected tracks Lee Mendelson, Corvina Nielsen, and Ragan Whiteside. The album is on sale at Amazon.com.

Vincent Ingala – Christmas

14690928_1396177493733672_5513453346380491057_nVincent Ingala has released his first holiday album entitled Christmas on November 18th of this season! The multi-instrumentalist and entertainer showcases his saxophone, guitar, piano and vocals throughout the album, offering a unique variety that will be sure to appeal to all listeners.

Guest artists include Ariana Savalas, (daughter of Telly Savalas and featured vocalist of Postmodern Jukebox), Justin Shandor, (vocalist/entertainer in Million Dollar Quartet, Las Vegas), and veteran Smooth Jazz guitarist, Steve Oliver. The album is available on all digital platforms come November 18th on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.com.

Get the album at Amazon.com.

Jessy J – California Christmas

ccWith her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and sensuous, captivating melodies, Mexican American saxophonist and singer Jessy J shares the joys of the season “California”style, spending Christmas at the beach, enjoying the unique opportunity for some fun in the sun that many folks only dream about. This is her first holiday Album with classics like Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, Silent Night, The First Noel and more! Guest artist include Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Maurice Smith, and Steve Oliver.

Jessy, who has performed on “American Idol” “The Voice” “Dancing With the Stars.” and invited by Steven Tyler to play on Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension has put together some great limited merchandise and experiences in the store below. Additionally, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, CA.

You can order your personal copy here.

 

Scott Wilkie – Joy

joy-coverFresh off the success of his most recent album All In, keyboardist/composer Scott Wilkie found the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season in 2014: gathering a group of his favorite musicians and bringing the SRO house down at southern California’s contemporary jazz hotspot Spaghettini Grille with fresh, soulful, funky and spiritual arrangements of cherished Christmas songs. The overwhelming success of that magical evening inspired Wilkie and his ensemble to gather over several days in June, to create a full length album whose title says it all: Joy.

A dynamic, freewheeling contemporary jazz recording, Joy is a live-in-the-studio treasure featuring exciting and heartfelt arrangements that capture the many emotions of the season. They run the groovin’ gamut from old school soul-jazz to pop, soul, funk – and even a beautiful chamber music vibe. The collection offers a spirited mix of beloved Christmas carols we can all sing by heart (We Three Kings, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, Away in a Manger); secular seasonal classics (The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, My Favorite Things); and sweet, enduring favorites from Kenny Loggins (Celebrate Me Home) and Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Christmastime Is Here, Christmas Is Coming).

Joy features the core ensemble of Peter Sprague (Chick Corea, Sergio Mendes), who also played on two tracks of All In; bassist Nathan Brown; drummer Jeff Olson; Greg Holmes on organ and other keyboards; and percussionist Ramon Yslas (David Sanborn). They created many of the arrangements on the spot in the studio, with a dynamic synergy that could only happen by recording face-to-face. Also on hand to provide extra texture and colors are legendary R&B/jazz guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. (a mainstay on previous Wilkie recordings) and cellist Erdis Maxhelaku, who brings classical grace and elegance to Hark The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This and Away in a Manger.

Celebrate the glory of Christmas – and bring home a CD full of musical Joy that will become a special part of your holiday traditions for years to come. More on http://beachmusic.com/joy/.

Threestyle – Thank God It’s Christmas

Hailing from Germany and the Czech Republic the group Threestyle featuring Magdalena Chovancova (sax), Robert Fertl (guitars, bass trumpet, flugelhorn) and Gabriela Chovancova (drums and vibraphone) are known for their styles smooth jazz, chill and lounge.

Approaching Christmas time they now add a new style to their roaster, holiday jazz. Some of you will know this title by the famous rock group Queen. Although in the charts the group didn’t produce a video and also didn’t release the song as part of an album.

The new single by Threestyle offers three cover versions. The first tune features Magdalena Chovancova on sax in the lead. She puts herself soulful in the basic idea of the song. Overall the rendition is well arranged with a great respect to the original.

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Kim Waters – My Gift To You

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Now we talk about the saxiest man in the smooth jazz world, the creator of Sweet & Saxy (1989), All Because of You (1990), Sax Appeal (1991), Tribute (1992), Peaceful Journey (1993), It’s Time For Love (1994), Home For Christmas (1994), You Are Not Alone (1996), Love’s Melody (1998), One Special Moment (1999), From The Heart (2001), Someone To Love You (2002), In The Name of Love (2004), All For Love (2005), You Are My Lady (2007), I Want You (2008), Love Stories (2010) and This Heart Of Mine (2011), the one and only Kim Waters.

His newest album My Gift To You (2015) is his second Christmas album offering the songs My Gift to You, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Day (feat. Kayla Waters), It’s Christmas (feat. Dana Waters), I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here, Mary Did You Know (feat. Dana Waters), My Christmas Wish, I Love New York at Christmas, A Song for Dana and Silent Night (feat. Kayla Waters). You can buy this Christmas present at Amazon.com.