I have a confession. I’m not a massive fan of Christmas music.
I should clarify.
I don’t enjoy the cheesy-pop Christmas music I’m forced to listen to over and over from early November. The first time I hear them, I greet them amicably enough, but by the eighth or ninth listen, I’d be quite happy to never encounter them again.
Because of this, I’ve been extremely choosy about my offering this festive season. When I tell you I have COMBED, I have pored over the myriad covers that are available… So after much deliberation, I can finally offer a repertoire that I feel is the best mixture of old and new, guided by my love of Big Band brassiness and vintage-feeling musicality.
Here’s a flavour of what I’ve got on my Christmas List this year:
- Ella Fitzgerald versions of classics like Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
- You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch
- Santa Baby
- (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag
- some 50s and 60s favourites, such as The Ronnettes’ Sleigh Ride
- a little rock ‘n’ roll with Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
- some classic favourites such as O Holy Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- this gorgeous, schmaltzy ballad version of Driving Home for Christmas
- some jazz/swing versions of Merry Xmas, Everybody and Jingle Bells (yep, the bells are syncopated!)
- minimal Mariah Carey available on request
So this Christmas, if you’re sick of thawing out Michael Buble year after year and you’d like a little live rendition, give me a ring (unlike Eartha Kitt, I do mean on the phone)… or send me a message below. I’ll pull out all the stops to make your event as jazzy, sparkly and festive as my Scroogey little heart can muster.
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