Jennifer Grimm | A Christmas with Family and Friends

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A Christmas with Family and Friends

by Jennifer Grimm

A "sublime voice" and "magnificent ease and fluidity" with "the demeanor of a 1940s chanteuse." "The sultry alto, Jennifer Grimm, is somehow able to make "holiday" and "Christmas" into the sexiest words you've ever watched lips make."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cool Yule
3:15 album only
2. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas/Pine Cones and Holly
2:39 album only
3. The Christmas Waltz
3:34 album only
4. Winter Weather
4:32 album only
5. Silver and Gold
3:16 album only
6. Christmas Island
2:27 album only
7. The Twelve Days of Christmas
5:04 album only
8. Skater's Waltz
3:47 album only
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
3:46 album only
10. Baby, It's Cold Outside
3:29 album only
11. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
4:21 album only
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2:17 album only
13. A Holly Jolly Christmas/Jingle, Jingle, Jingle
2:22 album only
14. Joy To The World/Silent Night
4:48 album only


Album Notes
This Christmas album features Jennifer and her wonderfully musical Family and Friends. There's a taste of her own Christmas memories throughout the album, but the final track really captures the essence of what she loves: The family, the friends, the food and the fun.

Ever since her first professional performance at age two, Jennifer Grimm has been singing on stages worldwide.

By age 13, she had already appeared on television, performed in countless theme parks, casinos, night clubs and resorts with her family, and recorded in several studios across the country.

Music continued to play a major role in Jennifer's life throughout high school & college. Although her academic focus was mathematics, she was best known for her performances & recordings with the Twin Cities' R&B bands, Power of 10 and Soul Tight Committee; Minnesota jazz artist, Gene Adams; her continued appearances with her family, her roles in various cabaret shows such as Fairy Tales, Lost in Boston & A Christmas Carole Petersen and a variety of other featured performances.

As of 2007, she has hit #2 on Aruba's year-end top 100 survey, opened up for Oleta Adams at the St. Vincent Blues Festival, and has completed her third cabaret in New York City along with other solo performances on the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. In addition, she has completed her second solo album, A Christmas with Family and Friends, that followed her debut album, All Of Me, that not only demonstrates her versatility, but also presents her songwriting skills.

Jennifer continues to prepare for solo engagements worldwide as well as with various groups, cabaret artists and theaters and always looks forward to her upcoming musical projects.



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Carol Swanson

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Jennifer Grimm is a stunningly beautiful woman, and she has the pipes to match. Possessed with the vocal instrument of a sultry jazz diva from the 1940s, Grimm sashays through 14 contemporary Christmas classics. The final cut captures the essence of Grimm's personal message; it is a nostalgic recording of Grimm's friends and family chatting and laughing, then joining to sing "Joy To The World/Silent Night" together.

Entitled "A Christmas with Family and Friends", the album truly is a family affair. Grimm's brothers, sister, and mom all appear on the CD, and their vocals on two tracks sound natural and professional. One brother (Trey) provides distinctive organ instrumentation throughout the disc; it is not accompaniment that I would usually associate with jazz, and the combination is quite unique. The same is true regarding the accordion that provides an interesting twist on two tracks ("I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?").

Family and friends aside, the focus of "A Christmas with Family and Friends" is emphatically on Jennifer Grimm and her sweet 'n sexy voice. Grimm has a smokin' cabaret swinger feel for her material, then adds a dollop of innocence to complete the package. Just one cut, "Skater's Waltz," is an instrumental). The CD opens brilliantly with a super cool "Cool Yule." Although "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" is not usually a personal favorite, Grimm's interpretation is a fantastic, jazzy revelation. Her gentle "Silver and Gold" is an understated delight, and she was born to sing numbers like "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and the bittersweet "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Jennifer Grimm is a sensational jazz singer, and her "Christmas with Family and Friends" can make your holiday season sensational, too.

--Carol Swanson

Susan Martinez

Truly love this. Waiting for Christmas. Feels like being in the room with your

Nancy Brunner

A Christmas With Family and Friends
So many happy memories. You have it, go, girl.


Great Jazz Christmas album
I second Carol Swanson's review. Jennifer Grimm has an excellent voice and expressive vocal style. She deserves to be better known. For instance, I think she's better than Jane Monheit. The instrumentals are excellent. I don't care for the voice of the guy who sings with her on "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Even if I did like his voice, their voices are too different; she needed to have someone with a warmer voice sing this with her. For some reason, the tone of her voice is different on cut 9 than on the other slower-paced tunes; there's something I don't like about her tone here, but I can't put my finger on it. The last cut is annoying - a bunch of people talking over each other for well over a minute. Then they finally get their act together and start singing. Some of these people have good voices; others don't. The actual singing isn't bad- it's no better or worse than most families who are singing on the spot without having practiced. What drives me up the wall is the talking. However, this problem is easily solved- I just won't listen to the last track. The rest of the album is quite enjoyable. I plan on taking this album home with me so my parents, brothers and sisters can hear it. I'm sure I'll listen to this CD a lot. 4.5 stars

Harper Granville Grimm

Really Nice, and a Bit Different.
Really nice, and its "jazzy" nature is an interesting change of pace from most Christmas music. Jennifer has a great voice, the songs are well done, and the other musicians involved seem to be first rate.

I bought one of these CDs during the summer, when I happened upon Jennifer's site while I was looking for Grimm's. (We haven't figured out if we are related, but it looks doubtful).

I was so impressed with it that I bought more as pre-Christmas gifts for my sisters and daughter.