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California Christmas

by Jessy J

Cheerful Holiday songs with a Smooth Latin Jazz twist!
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Feliz Navidad / Home for the Holidays
4:06 album only
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2. Winter Wonderland
4:59 album only
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3. Silent Night
5:06 album only
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4. Jingle Bells
4:58 album only
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5. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
4:05 album only
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6. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
4:59 album only
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7. The First Noel
4:21 album only
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8. Joy to the World
4:08 album only
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9. Little Drummer Boy
4:12 album only

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JESSY J
California Christmas


Celebrating the season and creating fresh new holiday traditions, top contemporary jazz and Latin saxophonist Jessy J brings all of her eclectic jazz passions and exotic influences into an inviting and festive setting on her first ever holiday collection, California Christmas. 

When most people think about Christmas, they visualize falling snow, a deep chill in the air and a cozy, roaring fireplace, but Jessy – who was born in Portland, OR and raised in Southern California – thinks about spending Christmas at the beach, enjoying the unique opportunity for some fun in the sun that many folks in the U.S. can only dream about. Her overall vision for California Christmas was to convey these upbeat, jazzy, bluesy and tropical vibes. 

Jessy produced  California Christmas, and says one of the great joys of indie music making is the opportunity to step outside the confines of the urban jazz genre and spread the seasonal cheer in a multitude of styles from track to track with different lineups of her favorite musicians. She 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.  


“Christmas songs bring us to a place of nostalgia, where we think of being a kid opening presents, having dinner with our families and creating wonderful memories,” says Jessy. “I grew up loving all the songs I recorded for California Christmas, and I’m proud of the work we did to create a unique album that my fans can enjoy year after year. All of the arrangements are original, offering a fresh perspective on songs we have known in other ways for so many years.” 

The first track that Jessy worked on is also the collection’s most intimate, a classical flavored take on the hypnotic melody of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” performed as an unadorned duet between her flute and Oliver’s nylon string guitar, with subtle percussion by Richie Gajate Garcia.

The enticing, high energy Latin fired grooving mash-up of “Feliz Navidad/Home For The Holidays” and the traditional jazz waltz twist on “Winter Wonderland” were arranged by Jason Goldman (who has worked extensively with Michael Buble) and feature Jessy on sax, vocals and flute, ensembling with Ripoll, Cartaya, Sirota, Hooper and Gutierrez. The mashup features the soulful vocals of Smith, who also takes the powerful lead voice on California Christmas’ jamming centerpiece, a powerhouse blues-driven romp through the usually solemn “Silent Night.” 

“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.” 

On “Jingle Bells” and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” Jessy vibes with Rowe, who performed with her at Pizza Express in London during Christmastime 2015. Keeping with California Christmas’ aesthetic of unexpected arrangements, she and Rowe approach “Jingle Bells” as an atmospheric, traditional jazz tune, balancing its unique dark harmonies with the appearance of literal sleigh bells ringing. “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” features Jessy’s whimsical soprano melody gliding over a lighthearted, easy swinging trio. 

Jessy has considered Lorber a mentor since they became friends on a Guitars & Saxes tour in 2008, and he co-wrote and produced several tracks on her Second Chances project in 2013. On California Christmas, the legendary keyboardist produced and did the arrangement on three tracks whose foundations are laid by Novak: a funky, high octane romp through “Joy To The World,” the soulful, mystical ballad “The First Noel” and a sensual, folk-jazz spin on “Little Drummer Boy.” The third tune features Jessy playing a wistful soprano lead and includes a powerhouse electric guitar solo by Thompson. “I love working with Jeff because he is always challenging me,” says Jessy. “He brings out something different in my playing and pushes me to reach higher whether we’re performing or in the studio.”

With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and sensuous, captivating melodies, Mexican American saxophonist and singer Jessy J (born Jessica Arellano) has had everyone swaying under the Tequila Moon, contemplating the joys of True Love and Hot Sauce, and embracing the possibilities of Second Chances and finding My One and Only One since she broke onto the contemporary jazz scene in 2008.

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.  Jessy has also performed on the hit television competition shows “American Idol” “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars.” The year Steven Tyler was a judge on “Idol,” he was so impressed with her performances he invited her to play on Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. 

Jessy’s connection to her Latin heritage runs deep, as her father is originally from Mexico and her mom hails from Texas.  Born in Oregon and raised in southern California, Jessy grew up in a home full of big family get-togethers, Mexican feasts and lots of Latin, jazz and pop music.  Her musical influences include Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Jr., Sergio Mendes, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. 

After graduating from USC with a degree in jazz studies, Jessy’s equal passion for pop led her quickly into recording sessions with artists like Michael Buble, followed over the years by tours with Jessica Simpson, The Temptations and Michael Bolton. In 2004, Jessy joined the cast of the off-Broadway show “Blast!” and drew on her multitude of skills as an actress, singer, dancer and sax player as she performed throughout the U.S., in London and Tokyo. Even while working with pop and Latin artists, she put together her own band, performing at such L.A. hotspots as The Jazz Bakery and, through her work with the Henry Mancini Institute and Orchestra, she performed on their twice GRAMMY® nominated album Elevation, and at numerous official functions and private parties. 

 “For me California Christmas is special for many reasons,” states Jessy. “It will give listeners the feeling of being in a warmer, sunnier climate during the holiday season. And, most importantly, I get to share the holidays musically with all my fans for the first time. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I am so grateful for all of my blessings. Feliz Navidad! ”.


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