First Listen: Jessy J gives a beautifully jazzy version of “Silent Night"

In her debut holiday recording, top contemporary/ Latin Jazz saxophonist Jessy J brings a California twist to the season with an upbeat, jazzy, bluesy tropical collection of her favorite Christmas songs with the release of California Christmas on her Changi Records Label.

In conjunction with California Christmas, Jessy has launched an extensive Pledge Music campaign with some extraordinary opportunities for her fans, ranging from signed CDs, posters, lead sheets, to meet and greets, personal live performances and more (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessyj).  Her tour dates throughout the end of the year will also include her annual benefit performance at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.

In her debut holiday recording, top contemporary/ Latin Jazz saxophonist Jessy J brings a California twist to the season with an upbeat, jazzy, bluesy tropical collection of her favorite Christmas songs with the release of California Christmas on her Changi Records Label.

In conjunction with California Christmas, Jessy has launched an extensive Pledge Music campaign with some extraordinary opportunities for her fans, ranging from signed CDs, posters, lead sheets, to meet and greets, personal live performances and more (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jessyj).  Her tour dates throughout the end of the year will also include her annual benefit performance at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.

Jessy produced  California Christmas and asked longtime collaborator Paul Brown to mix and also guest star on “Silent Night”, playing one of his blistering trademark electric guitar solos. Also helping Jessy make the season bright are contemporary jazz greats, keyboardist Jeff Lorber (who also produced 3 tracks) and guitarist Steve Oliver; vocalist Maurice Smith; guitarists Michael Thompson, Michael Nomad Ripoll and Michael Angel; keyboardist Norman Jackson;  pianists Jay Rowe and Ruslan Sirota; bassists Oskar Cartaya and Frank Abraham; percussionists Ronnie Gutierrez and Richie Gajate Garcia; drummers Dave Hooper, Trever Somerville, Iajhi Hampden and Gary Novak.

In addition to scoring back-to-back hits, including a #1 Song of the Year and #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album, she has toured with smooth jazz greats like Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove and Peter White on several all-star Guitars & Saxes tours as well as her solo concert tours. 

Our first look at the upcoming album is Jessy’s jazzy take on a typically downbeat Christmas classic. She tells us, “On ‘Silent Night,’ I wanted to venture away from what you would expect, putting it in 4/4 instead of 3/4 time and taking it into heavy duty blues territory,” Jessy says. “Yes, it’s a ‘Silent Night,’ but it’s celebrating the night Jesus was born and that makes it a party night, too. I wanted to take it into a different context to show the way people might celebrate it now.”

We really like this version and we think you will too. Check out “Silent Night” and tell us what you think!

Jessy J – “Silent Night”

 
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