32nd day of Christmas

With the reversal of Jazz Monday and Choral Wednesday this week, it’s time for some jazz!

The first piano piece I ever played in public was a piano duet version of “Let There Be Peace On Earth” that my Mom and I played in church. While this piece probably has great sentimental attachment for me as a result, I think it’s still a very sweet song with a message that continues to be most relevant. I love this version performed by jazz greats, Harry Connick Jr. and Kim Burrell.

Secretly, I wish I was a great improvisational jazz/blues pianist… but that is not likely to ever happen! In the meantime, I can revel in Harry Connick Jr.’s jazz piano amazingness and just dream. 
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16th day of Christmas

The first two Jazz Mondays featured two Canadian Jazz greats. While I’m not sure I would put Michael Buble on the level of Diana Krall and Oscar Peterson, he has undoubtedly raised the profile of Canadian pop-jazz big band music. I really love his tunes- tunes where you just can’t resist tapping your toe or singing along. Like yesterday, this is just plain happy music.

2nd day of Christmas

Those who know me know I am not a morning person. Monday mornings are sometimes the most difficult and I find life is better if I can take a bit of time over my Monday morning coffee to make that transition back to the busy pace of an average week day. I think that a bit of jazz makes that transition even easier. So, each Monday this month, I’m going to feature a favourite piece Christmas music performed by a favourite jazz musician. Today, I start with one of my favourites.

 I am a pianist. I live in Nanaimo. And I love jazz.

Pianist + Nanaimo + Jazz = Diana Krall
Even before I moved to her hometown, I loved Diana Krall. In addition to her great musicianship, her recordings manage to feel so intimate- almost like she’s in the room. I am jealous of her amazing piano skills and the simplicity she brings to her music. I could (and do) listen to it for hours on end.
If you are also a fan, you might want to check out her versions of the Christmas Song, Jingle Bells and White Christmas