Posts Tagged ‘ Holiday Jazz ’

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.

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.

Trinity – Sax for Christmas

Sax for ChristmasTrinity: “When life gives me lemons, I make music. I allow my soul to flow through the bell of my sax. There is nothing that can compare to the way I feel about creating music. No matter how hard it may be to achieve your dreams, if its something you truly want, only you can make it happen. I was not privileged to receive the education and training I longed for and desired, therefore I aspired to self teach. I went after what my soul hungered for. With little training, I embraced and advanced my gift. This album was created from pure determination and limited support. Even small accomplishments are huge when you don’t have everything to begin with. Never give up on the talent you were born with. It will always find you. Embrace it as I have and keep driving on no matter what. Realize its not always about money, but about accomplishments and what you have achieved. Allow following your dreams to reward you and help reach your full potential.”

Sax for Christmas is another alternative at CDBaby.

Maysa – A Very Maysa Christmas

The world is flooded with Christmas albums. Do we need another one with the same old Christmas hymns? When Maysa is the performing artist, definitely yes. On A Very Maysa Christmas (2014) she works together with the excellent producer and keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis.

Further musicians on this albums are Ace Livingston (bass), Rhon Lawrence, Wayne Bruce and Randy Boland (guitar), Thomas Dyani Akuru and Jazz Leak Akuru (percussion), Dexter Pettyway (drums), Gerald Albright (sax) and a large number of singers.

The album starts with the popular Christmas hymn Joy To The World. After an excellent intro Maysa introduces to her impressive choral arrangement. She approaches the song with a jazzy treat and a faster pace. She also gives Jingle Bells a new direction in this style.

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