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, 2. fireplace fires, 3. wool sweaters, 4. snuggling. I feel better already. I think I’m going to combine all those things with this wintery mixtape.
[Update: This is my most listened to mixtape with 9570 plays on 8tracks!]
1. Oh Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio
2. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Harry Connick, Jr.
3. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Cecile Mclorin Salvant and the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet
4. Winter Wonderland – Roy Hargrove & Shirley Horn
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Dave Brubeck
6. Snowbound – Nancy King with Steve Christofferson
7. Let it Snow – Betty Carter & Roy Hargrove
8. Christmas in Antarctica – Tena Palmer with John Geggie
9. First Snow – Dave Holland
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Pt. 1 – Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & The Partyka Brass Quintet
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.
This week’s mix contains slow jams and slow jam-inspired tunes from my favourite jazz, R&B, pop, and crossover singers. Enjoy!
1. Better Than – Gretchen Parlato
2. (There is) No Greater Love – Amy Winehouse
3. The Fact Is (I Need You) – Jill Scott
4. Cinnamon Tree – Esperanza Spalding
5. He Loves Me – Kristin Fung
6. Same Reality – Sandra Nkaké
7. Till It Happens To You – Corinne Bailey Rae
8. I’ll Stay feat. D’Angelo – The RH Factor
9. Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill
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
2. Girl Talk – Kate McGarry
3. I’ve Got The World On A String – Sarah Vaughan
4. Dr. Feelgood – Dee Dee Bridgewater
5. I Wanna Get Married – Amy Cervini
6. The Man is Optional – Kristin Fung
7. Evil Gal Blues – Karrin Allyson
8. Downtown – Holly Cole Trio
9. One For My Baby – LaVerne Butler
PS: Girls Night Out is also the name of a fabulous vocal jazz jam hosted by Lisa Particelli at Chalkers Pub in Toronto on Wednesday nights. Click here for more details!
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 Occasional Man – Donna Brooks
6. Farmer’s Market – Annie Ross
7. Googleable – Ori Dagan
8. How High The Moon – Sarah Vaughan
9. Autumn Leaves – Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea
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 – Theo Bleckmann
3. Vibrate – The Manhattan Transfer
4. Autumn In New York – Fred Hersch & Nancy King
5. Dreamsville – Stacey Kent
6. ‘Tis Autumn – Nnenna Freelon
7. I’m All For You – Joe Lovano
8. A Case Of You – Diana Krall
9. For All We Know – Brad Mehldau
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. Boum – Ilana Waldston
6. Par Ce Beau Jour Du Printemps – Renée Yoxon & René Gely
7. La maison sous les arbres – Nicole Ratté
8. La tribu des rêveuse – Sonia Johnson
9. Ne Me Quitte Pas – Kellylee Evans
10. ils ne sontaient pas là – Megan Jerome
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 we die, when we are sick, at graduation, or for no reason at all. They can say “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, or “I was thinking about you today.” This collection of songs reflects upon all the ways flowers are with us in our lives.
1. Perennial – Nancy King with Steve Christofferson
2. A Flower is a Lovesome Thing – Norma Winstone
3. Blue Gardenia – Dinah Washington
4. Tulip of Turnip – Carmen McRae
5. Honeysuckle Rose – Jane Monheit
6. The Days Of Wine And Roses – Daniela Schächter
7. Apple Blossom – Esperanza Spalding
8. Lollipops And Roses – Natalie Cole
9. Lilac Wine – Nina Simone
10. A Blossom Fell – Diana Krall
“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
3. The Man I Love – Kate McGarry
4. If Loving You Is Wrong – Cassandra Wilson
5. Kom – Sunna Gunnlaugs
6. A Timeless Place – Norma Winstone
7. Follow The Footprints (Footprints) – Karrin Allyson
8. Mood Indigo – Kellylee Evans
9. Inutil Paisagem – Esperanza Spalding
10. Retrato Em Branco E Preto – Tena Palmer
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 Can Get It – Chris Connor
3. Gentleman Friend – The George Shearing Quintet & Nancy Wilson
4. Among Friends – Art Pepper
5. Broadway – Greta Matassa
6. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Jamie Cullum
7. Play It, Momma – Dave Douglas
8. Samba De Orfeu – Champian Fulton
9. What Is So – Rachel Therrien
Life is funny and sad and mysterious and full of intense and beautiful and weird situations isn’t it? This collection of songs covers a broad range of topics from aging and darkness, life and love, to that green colour that happens when children paint a yellow sun in a blue sky. But together they are perfect for staring up at the night sky and contemplating your mortality as a tiny being riding a giant rock through the universe.
1. How I knew Her – Nataly Dawn
2. Full Circle – Youn Sun Nah
3. Light (A.K.A. Dark) – Christine Fagan
4. Kind Folk – Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell
5. Manhattan In The Rain – Norma Winstone
6. Green Edge Sky, Green Edge Sun – Mark Kieswetter/Ross MacIntyre
7. Landslide – Stacey Kent
8. Anthem – Laila Biali
9. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell