A Swinging Birdland Christmas CD

A Swinging Birdland Christmas CD

$20.00 USD

A Swinging Birdland Christmas CD with Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst


Birdland Records is proud to announce the CD release of “A Swinging Birdland Christmas,” the annual holiday show now in it’s fourth year at the historic music room. “A Swinging Birdland Christmas,” stars Birdland regular singers Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, and the CD features special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch perform swinging arrangements of Kay Thompson’s “It’s The Holiday Season,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,” among other favorites.
The CD, recorded live at Birdland, includes the following tracks:

1. It’s The Holiday Season (K. Thompson)
2. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (I. Berlin) Special Verse by Billy Stritch
3. Santa Claus Is Near (J. Pizzarelli)
4. The Christmas Waltz (S. Cahn-J. Styne) Special lyrics & counter-melody by Sharon Douglas & Aaron Weinstein
5. The Man With The Bag (I. Taylor-D. Brooks-H. Stanley)
6. Walking In A Winter Wonderland – Let It Snow (R.B. Smith-F. Bernard/S.Cahn-J. Styne)
7. A Child Is Born (A. Wilder-T.Jones)
8. Sleigh Ride (L. Anderson) Arrangement by Aaron Weinstein
9. What Are You Doing New Years Eve? (F. Loesser)
10. Jingle Bells Mashup (Based on the iconic arrangements of Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Kay Thompson) Arrangement by Aaron Weinstein

The CD also features Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. Arrangements are by Billy Stritch, unless otherwise noted. Executive Producer is Gianni Valenti. Cover photo is by Bill Westmoreland, and Graphic Design is by T.A. Johnson.

“Yuletide Euphoria!” Next Magazine
“The best possible way to spend Christmas…” The Wall Street Journal
“Sweet and cheeky…Poised to claim ‘Christmas Tradition’ status!” The Villager

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