Renée Yoxon


mixtape: first dance ideas by play i do

Last weekend Craig and I attended a wedding show called Love, Handmade with our wedding music service, Play I Do. Play I Do is an alternative wedding music service specializing in jazz and classical music for ceremonies and receptions. We’ve been serving Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and the surrounding regions since 2012! For the Love, Handmade swag […]

mixtape: it’s that time of year // 07 [repost]

Now that it’s mid-December, the holidays are in full swing and if you’re in up north then it’s probably starting to get pretty frosty and white. I get a little bit cranky when it starts to get cold so it’s helpful for me to remember the positive things about this time of year. 1. eggnog, […]

mixtape: slow jam // 23

Last week I reviewed Lost And Found by Gretchen Parlato and it reminded me how much I love slow jams. Slow jams are basically the ballads of the R&B world. They’re not just slow though, they have this very unique time feel – a really interesting mix of drawn out beats and tight snare shots. […]

mixtape: girls night out // 22

All my life I was one of those women who found it easier to make friends with men. I can’t believe it’s taken me until my mid-twenties to see how wonderful having women friends can be. This mixtape is inspired by all my awesome lady friends! 1. What’s New? – Carmen McRae and Betty Carter […]

mixtape: tickle your funny bone // 21

It takes a lot of confidence to be a funny vocalists. The songs in this comedy-jazz playlist never fail to make me laugh out loud. 1. Buffalo, City of Dreams – Ilana Waldston 2. I’m Shadowing You – Amy Cervini 3. Oompa Loompa – Harry Connic, Jr. 4. Anything Goes – Ella Fitzgerald 5. An […]

mixtape: dreamy autumn… // 20

When the leaves start to change and the days become sleepy and grey, I always find myself feeling contemplative and a little sad. This mix contains dreamy songs about memories and change and features Stacey Kent, Theo Bleckmann, and Diana Krall. 1. Star Dust / Memories of You – Betty Carter 2. I Remember You […]

mixtape: la langue française // 19

In honour of my recent move to Montreal, I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favourite french jazz songs. Enjoy! 1. La Chanson d’Hélène – Youn Sun Nah 2. Quand je march – Amy Cervini 3. Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux – Cécile McLorin Salvant 4. Plus Je T’embrasse – Diana Panton 5. […]

mixtape: a flower is a lovesome thing // 18

Every since I posted the lyrics to Billy Strayhorn’s A Flower is a Lovesome Thing last week I haven’t been able to get it out of my brain. Then, while driving somewhere, Nancy King’s Perennial came on shuffle. These songs got me thinking about how ubiquitous flowers are. They are there when are married, when […]

mixtape: eclipse // 17

“Eclipse, when the moon meets the sun. Eclipse, two bodies are joined as one.” This is a collection of songs inspired by Kate Hammett-Vaughan’s Eclipse. They are dark, light, contemplative, and mysterious. This collection features Cassandra Wilson, Karrin Allyson, and Esperanza Spalding. 1. Eclipse – Kate Hammett-Vaughan 2. You Are My Sunshine – Tierney Sutton […]

Mixtape: Jazz for riding a bicycle // 16

It’s finally bicycle weather! Woohoo! Today’s mixtape celebrate’s that fact. It’s a fun, funky, swinging mix for riding your bicycle around on a sunny day. Alright, I’m going to keep this short so we can get out and ride!! Stick it in your ear-holes! 1. The Trolley Song – Betty Carter 2. Nice Work If You […]