Archives for August 9, 2017

Music from the Playground: Summer Is a ‘Swing Set’ with Jazzy Ash Jazzy Ash Releases Fourth Family Music Album Featuring Fresh Versions of African American Rhymes and Songs Swing Set. Available Now! UPDATE! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Multiple award-winning and nationally touring artist Jazzy Ash is back with her fourth album for all ages, Swing Set. Arranged and enhanced for a new generation, these 14 classic songs, rhythms and rhymes represent and celebrate a tradition handed down by African-American children, adults, and musicians from the mid-19th century to the early jazz era. Swing Set will be available from JazzyAsh.com and national music retailers on July 21; pre-orders are available now via iTunes and Amazon.

 

After years of deep research, Jazzy Ash gathers up these time-tested tunes, polishes them up, and presents them to a new audience. The songs on Swing Set are interspersed with percussive playground rhymes. Each track is at least 90 years old. Produced by Chris Schlarb at his completely analog studio Big Ego, these tracks vary from sassy clapping playground rhymes, to soulful lullabies and classic New Orleans melodies, all presented in style by Jazzy Ash, her band, with children’s voices sprinkled in to invite listener engagement. Swing Set also features Washington DC based artist Uncle Devin on “Hambone,” and tap dancer Sarah Reich (Postmodern Jukebox) on “Ballin’ the Jack.”

Some songs, like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” “Down by The Riverside” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” are familiar; and some, like the swingy “Sister Kate” and the percussive “Head and Shoulders Baby,” are not as widely known.

“The history behind these songs and rhymes is so rich ,” explains Jazzy Ash, a longtime preschool educator as well as nationally touring artist. “As I was researching these and sharing my arrangements with my students and teachers in my workshops, I realized how many generations of people have been personally impacted by these traditional tunes. Many of these songs and games were largely carried along by little girls on the playground throughout time, and it’s not often that we celebrate the work of women. I wanted to convey the grit and soul of that grassroots heritage with these recordings.”

 

 

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, credit Steve Lorentzen

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards at Wolf Trap and More!

 

Over the past five years, Jazzy Ash has built a reputation as one of the top touring family artist in the nation. Her music has been featured by the Los Angeles Times and NPR and continues to top radio charts. Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards have performed at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center in New York, Pilgrimage Festival and World Café Live in Philadelphia, among many other venues.New Swing Set music videos are also coming soon.
Visit www.jazzyash.com for the latest updates.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a CD! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is August 16th, 2017 at noon PST.

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

 

GRAMMY Award Winner (and TMBG Bassist) Danny Weinkauf and His Red Pants Band Release ‘Totally Osome!’ Release Date: August 11th!

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Danny’s Party-Friendly Album of Dance-Happy Tunes is available via Bandcamp now; coming on all music retailers on August 11

 

Danny Weinkauf, the Grammy winning longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants, will release his third album for kids and families, Totally Osome! These 16 original songs span various styles and genres, all inviting listeners to get up and move to their catchy beats and melodies.

After the national critical and radio success of No School Today and Red Pants Band, Weinkauf has been busy writing new songs and performing family concerts with his band. For Totally Osome! Red Pants Band bassist and singer extraordinaire Tina Kenny Jones takes on a much bigger role as co-lead vocalist. Once again Danny handles all the instruments and production while his son Kai and his wife Michelle add their vocal talents.

 

From the first track, “Sunshine, Sunny Sun Sunshine Day,” the energy bursts out and remains high, with a musical range that proves that Danny Weinkauf is one of the most versatile songwriters in all-ages music. Clever, high energy, pop rock is Weinkauf’s usual focus, but this time around there’s a bit more of a groovy dance vibe to every song. He introduces listeners to topics such as geology, the letter “O”, transportation, girl power, and even how to sing the alphabet backwards. Parents may get a kick out of two versions of a song challenging kids to “put down that smartphone and start a band.”

 

Four of these tracks on Totally Osome! have already been released as singles and have enjoyed rotation on SiriusXM Kids Place Live  and  other shows around the nation: “Sunshine Sunny Sun Sunshine Day,” “Super Powered Mindy” (named for one of the show hosts), “I’m a Girl (Step Aside),” and “It’s Your Birthday.” Later this month, Spare the Rock radio on PRX will debut “Transportation.”

 

Long Island based Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful hit “I Am a Paleontologist.” His two solo albums for kids (No School Today and Red Pants Band) have won awards and national acclaim.  Danny’s songs “Champion of the Spelling Bee” and “The Moon Is Made of Cheese” also get regular spins on SiriusXM Radio’s Kids Place Live and other shows around the nation.
Danny recently wrote and produced a song and video for Sesame Street called “B is for Build” on the “Rocking Rollie” episode of season 47. He is currently recording the 20th studio album with They Might Be Giants and will be heading out on a 65 city tour with the band in 2018.

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.