Posts Tagged ‘ Holiday Jazz ’

Ramsey Lewis – Bright Lights

Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist, and composer who has released approximately 80 albums over a 50-year career. After several years of live performances and over a dozen albums which only caught the attention of jazz fans, the Ramsey Lewis Trio made a huge impression on mainstream audiences with the 1965 album The In Crowd. The title-track was a No.5 pop hit, and the album reached No.2. Moving further towards a pop version of Jazz, Wade In The Water and Hang On Sloppy the following year were also commercial successes.

His most successful album of the 70s was Sun Goddess, which was performed with the backing of members of Earth, Wind & Fire. It was his fourth album to be certified gold, and is still popular today with funk DJs and hip-hop samplers. The three time Grammy® winner who rose to prominence in the early 1970’s released his 80th collection on September 20, 2011 entitled Ramsey, Taking Another Look. On the ten song CD Lewis and his Electric Band breathe new life into many of Lewis’ favorite tunes including a new rendition of the Stevie Wonder penned “Living for the City” and a new edit of the original “Sun Goddess” recording featuring Earth, Wind & Fire. To the great surprise of many of his music fans, Ramsey Lewis released Urban Knights VII in September 2019 before finally withdrawing from the music scene. In this late work are involved his longtime companions guitarist Henry Johnson, drummer Charles Heath, bassist Joshua Ramos and keyboardist Tim Gant.

His newest album so far is Bright Lights, a Christmas album presenting known Holiday standards. Get the album here.

Warren Wolf – Christmas Vibes

Is it too early for holiday jazz? There’s no shortage of Christmas music out there that can evoke the Holiday spirit. But it takes a master of groove and swing like Warren Wolf to conjure a true feeling of Christmas Vibes. On his new album, the vibraphone great and father of five offers an album of jazzy Yuletide cheer sure to provide the ideal soundtrack to the season for the hippest families on the block.

Get your album on Amazon.com.

David Garfield – Holidays Outside The Box

David Garfield’s Holidays Outside The Box, due out October 30, 2020 via Creatchy Records, is an ongoing international collaboration that merges the diverse cultures of our world into one celebratory musical experience. Produced and arranged by the multi-talented keyboardist, his latest Outside The Box project mixes contemporary seasonal favorites with traditional songs, including a fresh arrangement of “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah.”

Reimagined in five languages with an all-star cast, performers include members of Chicago, Pablo Cruise, Santana, Yellowjackets, War, Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and The Rippingtons.

“When I envisioned this holiday album I was thinking of how I could promote peace, spread love and bring the people of this world we’re all living in together,” says Garfield. “Having traveled the world from top to bottom, I was blessed with so many musical friends to collaborate with on this project of global unity.”

We know you’re making a list (and checking it twice), so be sure this album is at the top of yours. This album will be available on all digital streaming sites.

Brian Bromberg – Celebrate Me Home – The Holiday Sessions

With the top bassist Brian Bromberg you never know exactly in which direction his next work will tend. Whether smooth jazz, rock fusion, Bossa nova or contemporary jazz, one thing is certain in any case: Brian Bromberg stands for outstanding quality. His latest album Thicker Than Water (2018) makes it easy to love.

This new project of the extraordinary bassist Brian Bromberg will add wonderfully festive music to the Christmas holidays. Brian Bromberg has put together some of his favorite Christmas songs. With his first Christmas album, Brian Bromberg presents Christmas classics anew.

  • This Christmas feat. Everette Harp
  • Wonderful Christmastime
  • Let’s Go On A Sleigh Ride!
  • Let It Snow feat. Maysa and Chris Walker
  • The Christmas Song
  • Jingle Bells / Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel / St. Thomas feat. Elan Trotman
  • Celebrate Me Home feat. Chris Walker
  • Deck The Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • The Holidays Without You
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  • You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Feliz Navidad feat. Najee

This album will be released on Mack Avenue on September 25, 2020 and is available in all stores.

Ryan La Valette – Acoustic Christmas

Ryan La Valette is a 23 year old musician from Auckland who at the age of 2 had a guitar in his hands. Ryan is a multi talented musician with a passion for playing the guitar and saxophone however, he also has the ability to play the bass guitar and piano/keys. Alongside this, Ryan has a distinct passion for straight ahead jazz/bebop, yet his capability to play a wide range of genres is unending. Ryan is a graduate from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) with a Bachelor of Recording Arts Degree (BRA) and is primarily a session musician, yet he also has expertise in producing, arranging, composing, beat making and performing.

His newest album is Dimensions of Me (2020). Now he will release the latest project he will be chipping away in December this year. A new EP featuring some of his favorite Christmas songs, delivered to you on his nylon and steel string guitars, productions by Ryan and good friend Chris Davis. The album is titled Acoustic Christmas.

Bob Luna and Rick Latham – A Groovy Little Christmas

Fun, festive and funky arrangements of timeless Holiday favorites. These reharmonized and regrooved versions are perfect for any holiday gathering or just cruising around during this special time of year.

Get this album on Rick’s website.

Gabriel Bello – Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday is a new classic Christmas album you’ll play every winter, a combination of Smooth Jazz, R&B & Soul from #1 Billboard Artist Gabriel Bello, featuring his hit saxophone playing & soulful vocals. This album has everything including the kitchen the sink:” Saxophone, Singing, Flute, Guitar, Vocoder, Talkbox & plenty other surprises! From the hit feature song, “Happy Holiday” to the groovy “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out”, the Rap Testimony of “Carol of The Bello” and the musical montage of “12 Days of Christmas in Church” you’ll keep jamming to this album all year long!

This is our final Christmas album suggestion this year, now on sale at CDBaby.

Elan Trotman – Christmas In Rio

Hailing from Barbados now living in Boston saxophonist Elan Trotman is an integral part of the smooth jazz scene today. His work consisting of Memories – The Debut (2001), influenced by Caribbean music, Let’s Have A Good Old Time (2005), a gospel jazz album, A Reggae Christmas (2007), popular Christmas carols in a jammin’ reggae style, This Time Around (2009) and Love and Sax (2011 ) is multifaceted. Further albums are Tropicality (2013), LiveandUncut (2015), Double Take (2016) and Dear Marvin (2019).

His newest album is Christmas In Rio (2019), which you can download here.

Doug Jones – Home for Christmas

Saxophonist Doug Jones releases his first smooth jazz Christmas CD. The first single, “Feliz Navidad”, which features Alto Saxophone and Acoustic Guitar in a Latin setting, has been on Billboards most added list for several weeks. The CD contains eight Christmas Classics performed with fresh arrangements in a Smooth / Contemporary Jazz Instrumental setting. The one vocal song,” The Christmas Song”, features vocalist Joel Kibble from the group Take 6.

You can buy this Holiday Jazz album on Amazon.com.

Rob Mullins – Holiday Piano Collection

Rob Mullins is a versatile keyboardist capable of playing both crossover and bop. Born in Enid, OK, Mullins spent time in Ontario, CA, before moving with his family to Denver when he was 14. He began playing drums when he was 11, but three years later when his leg was broken in a car accident, Mullins began playing piano. Mullins’ parents loved jazz, so he was well acquainted with the music when at 16 he formed a jazz combo. He attended the University of Northern Colorado for a period, studied with George Russell in New York, and in Denver started his own record company (RMC Records), cutting four albums that sold very well in the region.

In time, Mullins moved to Los Angeles, became a fixture in local clubs, and recorded one best-selling CD after another, primarily for Nova, RME, and most recently for Zebra. Rob Mullins has worked with Branford Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Ronnie Laws, Spike Robinson, Brian Bromberg, the Crusaders (touring in Joe Sample’s former spot for three years), the Rippingtons, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin, and many others, including his own band of local all-stars. He has been a dedicated music teacher for some 30 years. His most recent albums include 2006’s Standards & More and 2008’s Storyteller.

His newest album is a Holiday Piano Collection, which is available on iTunes.