It is the most wonderful time of the year. I wish you the happiest of holidays!
In addition to some Christmas music sprinkled in the ContemporaryJazz.com Radio playlist, there are two new shows you’ll want to listen to. Sean Miller’s Jazz Pulse program is back and ContemporaryJazz.com Radio has it! Starting in early 2009, you’ll be able to hear it each week but the Jazz Pulse Christmas music program will be [...]
First, David Sanborn drops “Winter Wonderland” on us. Now the contemporary jazz legend has another gift this season – a single of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” I’ve only seen it on iTunes – check it out. Listen/buy the download now on iTunes
My friend, Suzy Cline, is promoting it so I thought I’d repost this: Jeff Golub has independently released his holiday recording, Six String Santa. The recording is ten covers of popular seasonal tunes and can be downloaded (for $7.99 – nice) or purchased at his site. It’s also available for download from Amazon.
Guitarist Dan Baraszu and bassist/producer Joseph Patrick Moore team up to deliver a fresh Christmas duo recording titled Christmas Time Is Here: This is an online-only release. Buy the download from iTunes
I don’t know of David Sanborn covering any Christmas songs before, though I know he composed a song titled “Rain on Christmas.” Decca has a new, expanded recording of Sanborn’s latest Here & Gone exclusively on Amazon. It has three live songs recorded for XM Radio – “Full House,” “Brother Ray,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Give [...]
I remember when I first got the link to the Straight No Chaser video of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” I loved it. SNC is a 12-man a cappella group whose fun, inventive, live rendition of that song garnered 8 million views on YouTube. The popularity of the video got the attention of a recording [...]
How do you get your music heard in the age of the Internet? How do you get people’s attention when there are countless web sites and no major jazz labels? What is working for me is free Christmas MP3s. I just discovered bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith. He has a free MP3 of “Let It Snow” [...]
Two of the greatest things in life: the year-end holidays and free music. Joyce Cooling is offering both – a free MP3 of her new original composition “It’s Feeling Like Christmas.” It’s a nice seasonal song. You can download it at Joyce’s site. No signing up for a mailing list or anything. Just download it. [...]
I’ve been a fan of jazz remixes since I first heard the original Verve//Remixed. I guess it was a fad. I don’t see many anymore. I thought it was a good way to introduce younger generations to some classic jazz. However, some remixers completely destroyed any jazz element of some of the songs I heard. [...]