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Mister Rogers Swings!

by Holly Yarbrough

It's Cocktail Time in Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Bebop and swing along in 1940's Vintage Jazz style with your favorite Fred Rogers tunes. Featuring Richard Smith and the Lori Mechem Trio with special guests Boots Randolph, Stuart Duncan and more.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Won't You Be My Neighbor
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2. You've Got to Do It
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3. I Like to Be Told
4:27 $0.99
4. Sometimes People are Good
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5. It's You I Like
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6. When The Day Turns Into Night
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7. Everybody's Fancy
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8. Please Don't Think It's Funny
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9. Look & Listen
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10. This Is Just The Day
3:19 $0.99
11. Many Ways To Say I Love You
4:30 $0.99
12. You Are Special
3:22 $0.99
13. I'm Taking Care of You
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14. Peace & Quiet
3:13 $0.99
15. Then Your Heart Is Full Of Love
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16. It's Such A Good Feeling
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Critical acclaim for Mister Rogers Swings!

During 1968-2001, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was one of the most popular of all children’s television series. Its laidback and warm host Fred Rogers had a music degree and always made sure that jazz was heard on his programs. Holly Yarbrough, in her jazz recording debut, pays tribute to Mister Rogers by singing 16 of his songs including his opening and closing themes “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “It’s Such A Good Feeling.” But rather than this being strictly a children’s CD, the music is actually sophisticated bop-oriented jazz. Ms. Yarbrough interprets the friendly lyrics with an attractive voice, sensitivity and a solid sense of swing. She is joined by guitarist Richard Smith, pianist Lori Mechem’s trio, violin, cello and three horn players including the late tenorman Boots Randolph. The solos and arrangements are high-quality jazz and Holly Yarbrough’s singing is a delight.

---Scott Yanow, author of ten jazz books including Jazz On Film, Jazz On Record 1917-76 and Trumpet Kings

It's Cocktail Time in Mister Rogers Neighborhood…...

On Mister Rogers Swings Nashville Jazz Cats Pay Grown Up Tribute to Fred Rogers Musical Legacy.

New album features Boots Randolph in one of his last sessions, Stuart Duncan, Richard Smith and the Lori Mechem Trio backing vocalist Holly Yarbrough in her solo debut.

Yarbrough is the daughter of sixties folk singing tenor Glenn Yarbrough who rose to fame with the Limeliters and continued to success as a solo artist on RCA records.

Mister Rogers Swings includes sixteen selections from the Fred Rogers Songbook with a grown-up jazz sound. Yarbrough's fresh, sly takes on Rogers classics like "You've Got to Do It" and "I Like to Be Told" are aimed squarely at adult audiences.

Yarbrough produced the album on her own indie label, Vintage Discs. "We did it on a wing, a prayer, and a home equity line of credit" she says.

"It's been a real labor of love for us all. We wanted more people to really get the artistry of Fred Rogers' songwriting. When you hear these songs out of their usual context, I think they fit right up there in the Great American Songbook."

Though the PG-13 interpretation might make Mister Rogers blush, the heart of the record stays true to his kind nature. Yarbrough finished the record while working for Alive Hospice, where she is still employed.

"I'm not a glamorous, spotlight oriented person, and I never expected I'd be making my own album. But I had this talent I wasn't using...and after Mister Rogers died, his words kept coming back to me. He said: "...each one of us has something that no one else has or will ever have – something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing that expression."

About the Artist

Holly Yarbrough was born in Santa Monica, California. Her father, Glenn Yarbrough is a well-known recording artist with over seventy albums in his discography. Her Grandfather was a square dance caller in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and her Grandmother sang with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

Holly has studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Bard College and the Nashville Jazz Workshop. After attending at her Grandfather's bedside while he was in hospice care, she began volunteering for hospice through Compassion in Action.
Since 2006, she has worked for Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently pursuing certification as a therapeutic musician through the Music for Healing and Transition program.



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Joe Sanders

The idea might make you laugh, but the music will just make you smile...
This is another example of "cool things I've found by chance." A friend sent me a link to a story about this album, and I was compelled to find it. CD Baby to the rescue! After reading Holly's story and listening to the samples, I ordered a copy for myself, and 3 more to give as gifts. I recommend you do the same! (Note to Holly: Thanks for bringing a bit of my childhood back into my ever-frenzied adult life! xoxox)


Simply Superb
It was my good fortune to hear this recording several months before its release. To the heartfelt lyrics of Fred Rogers, Holly Yarbrough adds beautiful interpretations backed by good musicians and arrangements. What the world needs now is music like this instead of the cacophony heard now passes that is mislabeled "music."

Rick Waid

Mister Rogers Swings
I really love this album. I always was a big fan of Mr. Rogers and you put a nice twist on his music. Amazing interpretation! Thank you!

Esther Berlanga-Ryan®

I never knew I still believed in fairy tales until I heard Holly Yarbrough’s voice. Well, yes, we have all read stories about some very charming prince and a beautiful princess at some point in our lives, and as children, we have imagined the tenderness and the glowing magic of a true love’s kiss. Then we grew up, and there was no prince, you were no princess and for the most part certainly there was no glowing magic either.

Then one day you hear a voice singing the old Fred Rogers songbook, and you find yourself mesmerized, wondering when you started to connect with your inner child again. You listen, and as strange as it may sound to those who roamed too far away from home, you grow a little more, and possibly a little better. A smile draws a memory of your innocent past on your face, the clock takes some time off and eases the seat belt, and suddenly and quite unexpectedly the glowing magic is back, with or without a kiss. Jazz fills the air, the simple and yet fabulous words of Mister Rogers feel like a whisper in your ear, and Holly Yarbrough’s voice nibbles on your very heart, leaving it a bit shocked and forever touched by the beauty of her delicate phrasing, while making hers all these songs that were probably never intended to be Jazzed up like this.

Richard Smith and the Lori Mechem Trio, and special guests Julie Adams, the late Boots Randolph, Roy Agee, George Tidwell and the great Stuart Duncan, together with Holly Yarbrough, became the perfect combination for the butterflies of music to gather and dance along with each and every one of the sixteen songs. Oh, sixteen moments of unpredictable childhood flashbacks, sixteen lovely ways to be the person you always knew you were meant to be. From “Everybody’s fancy” to “Many ways to say I love you”, from “I like to be told” to “It’s such a good feeling”, from “Sometimes people are good” to “Peace and quiet”, “Mister Rogers Swings” (Vintage, 2008) is an album about feelings, and about communication; an album about love and an album about the little bitty things that really matter, whether you are three or thirty years old. It is an album about growing old and understanding where you came from, and honestly and wonderfully loving every minute of it.

This is an amazing Jazz adventure that swings its way to your heart with every song. How could anybody resist to that?