Tea for Two (Gretje Angell)
Blue Skies (Byron Stripling)
Our Love is Here to Stay (Nicki Parrott)
Stompin’ at the Savoy (Alphonso Horne and Joel Frahm)
Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Olivia Chindamo)
On the Sunny Side of the Street (Alphonso Horne)
Manhattan (Nicki Parrott)
Pennies from Heaven (Harry Allen)
Fascinating Rhythm (Konrad Paszkudzki)
My Blue Heaven (Joel Frahm)
Look for the Silver Lining (Jane Monheit)
It Had to be You (Tony DeSare and Joel Frahm)
Swinging on a Star (3:31) – Olivia Chindamo
Nice Work if You Can Get It (Harry Allen)
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (Renée Lubin and Byron Stripling)
Earlier this year, we at JATB did our fair share of fretting—given the world had been turned upside down, was music even worth discussing? Was it irresponsible, or worse, heartless? But then we noticed the news was picking up stories of neighbors playing music out their windows for front-line workers (with the well-received cookware method) and tenor Maurizio Marchini serenading neighbors from his balcony in Florence. What happened next were a lot of “sure, we can do it” conversations that probably should have been “are you kidding me? This is not the time to do it” ones.
And from that, we decided we had to make a holiday album. After all, history is full of crises and fearful times when music was there to lift people’s spirits. If there was ever a time that could use some spirit-lifting, wasn’t it this year?
Here’s the thing: it’s really hard to record an album when the entire world is shut down. There were no bands in the city, no public transportation, no recording studios... you get the idea. Nothing and no one was working.
Except, somehow, this album was made. The only way to describe it is to say it was some combination of a relay race and a progressive dinner party circa 1970. One artist recorded however they could, then handed it off to another artist who then added their part, and on and on. The result is more than a labor of love. It’s the result of tireless creative ingenuity. So this season, let's celebrate however we can and be grateful for one truism: jazz musicians rarely let anything get in the way of a gig!
Release date: August 6, 2021
Label: JB SESSIONS
Price: $12.97 (CD)
Jazz At The Ballroom is a California-based non-profit that celebrates America’s truly original music—classic jazz. They work with the world's most talented musicians, focusing on the Great American Songbook and the timeless elegance the music embraces. Through their concerts, scholarship program, school workshops, music education support, and work at nursing homes and hospitals, JATB works to keep this unforgettable music available for all and foster a love of music in future generations. For more information: www.jazzattheballroom | Facebook: jazzattheballroom | Instagram: @jazzattheballroom