Archive for the ‘jazz christmas’ Category

Odd Metered Christmas

December 10, 2017

During the holiday season of 2015, a singer named Shannon Soderlund decided to make a new video nearly every day, rearranging Christmas standards into odd meters.  As you’ll see, she records each part and then syncs them all together on-screen Pretty cool. And then she did it again last year. All of 2015 here. 2016 here. I produce video — to produce one nearly every day for a month (in addition to everything else she’s doing) is pretty amazing.

She also produced a Christmas record Sing We Now of Christmas. You can stream it or purchase it on her bandcamp site. (On Spotify hereiTunes, google play.)

Her song, Winter Savings, is a humorous take on Christmas shopping – “this year I insist we buy all our presents right after Christmas”.

In addition to all this she’s very active in the music scene in NYC.

Her odd-metered takes on the classics aren’t for everyone but Lord she can sing.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Shannon Söderlund – Odd-Metered Christmas

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Shannon Söderlund

Winter Savings


Farewell Jingle Bells

December 26, 2016

On his 1996 release, A Dave Brubeck Christmas, the legendary jazz pianist lends his signature style to traditional Christmas favorites and original Christmas compositions. This album is in his words, ” a very personal statement that speaks to the curious mixture of both the joy and the melancholy of Christmas.”

Tonight I’ll feature the very fitting, Farewell Jingle Bells.

More on Dave Brubeck


Farewell Jingle Bells – Dave Brubeck

Featuring June Christy’s Excellent “This Time of Year” From 1961

December 13, 2015

June Christy, born Shirley Luster, was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as “one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time.”

Christy was born in Springfield, IL in 1925 and grew up in Decatur, IL. She moved to Chicago after high school and eventually to California where she became Kenton’s lead vocalist.

This Time if Year is an exceptional record. However, if you’re looking for covers of Christmas standards, this is not the record for you. In fact,’s review says, ” This Time of Year remains the Christmas album of choice for those who feel a little out of step with the holidays.” Which is not to say it’s depressing — it’s just different. But if you like jazzy vocals, then give her a listen. It’s an excellent recording.

Available via Amazon here.
iTunes here.

The Merriest

Christmas Heart

Christmas Heart

Ring a Merry Bell


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