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Christmas with the New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and the Music Alive Ensemble "I Saw Three Ships"

by Various Artists

Jazz patrons love the blend of three of New Orleans most renowned jazz divas; this holiday album will brighten your Christmas morning, give you joy throughout the holiday season, and bring you peace throughout the years.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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1. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble; featuring Stephanie Jordan, Leah Chase, Germaine Bazzle
3:12 $0.99
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2. My Favorite Things
New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble; featuring Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, Stephanie Jordan
3:58 $0.99
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3. The Little Drummer Boy
New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble; featuring Stephanie Jordan
4:21 $0.99
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4. I've Got Your Love To Keep Me Warm
New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble; featuring Leah Chase
2:55 $0.99
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5. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble; featuring Germaine Bazzle
5:20 $0.99
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6. Oblivion
Music Alive Ensemble
3:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It's all about the joy of the holiday season and the love I have for New Orleans.

The first Music Alive Ensemble (MAE) holiday concert featuring the “New Orleans Ladies of Jazz” was such a wonderful offering. The audience's warm response to the music was incredible and inspired me to pull this CD project together.

While I knew this concert would be and evening to remember, at that time I had no plans to record a holiday CD.

After these three great singers; Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, and my sister and MAE veteran Stephanie Jordan sang their playful rendition of "I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” we felt the warm applause and ovation of the audience.

From the stage, I could see the audience admiration for the friendship and great rapport amongst the musicians and singers. So many patrons loved the blend of the three voices; they requested a recording of the music. This holiday project was truly inspired by the enthusiastic support of the concert audience.

Memories of the holiday season are deeply connected to our families’ favorite songs. We cherish those memories which make it challenging to introduce new versions of holiday favorites.

This album was arranged by Mike Esneault, Kent Jordan, Christopher Crump, Marlon Jordan and I. My only instruction to them was to create arrangements to bring out the best in each vocalist. Mike and Kent have worked with MAE since its inception in 2002. Thus their efforts resulted in the superb title track “I Saw Three Ships” and lush accompaniment on Germaine’s version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.”

I wanted the team to bring something new to the arrangements while drawing from the cultural traditions of both holiday music as well as New Orleans. Stephanie sings the “The Little Drummer Boy” and we collaborated with another MAE veteran, our cousin percussionist, Jonathan Bloom to create the sound of the village and the string quartet to invoke the celestial nature of the song.

Leah’s version of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” is so complete with just a trio behind her. This traditional sound is what you hear all over New Orleans throughout the holiday season.



One of the great things about working with an artist over a lifetime is how they never run out of ideas. My brother Marlon Jordan, also an MAE veteran gave us another take on “My Favorite Things’. We recorded a version of this tune on the You Don’t Know What Love Is project in 2005. This time bringing a new dimension, Marlon really played off what the singers were doing.

“Oblivion” was added at the request of my mother who loves it so much!

Every Christmas since we were children our mother would play Nat King Cole’s version of “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In” literally "on Christmas day in the morning." We had the Christmas album back then, later on, the reissued CD and now we download and carry “Three Ships” everywhere.

We lost a lot in Hurricane Katrina, but what we didn’t lose is our holiday memories and love for God, family, community, and music.

My hope is that the The New Orleans Ladies of Jazz and Music Alive Ensemble will brighten your Christmas morning, give you joy throughout the holiday season, and bring you peace. - Rachel Jordan

Special Thanks To:

Amy Thiaville, Kaaren Makas, Vincent Sylvain, Mike Esneault, Edvidge Bibbins, Arielle Jordan, Christie Bibbins, Stephanie Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Kent Jordan, and Momma and Dad.

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