Young jazz artist Jessie Kol has an upcoming Christmas EP, scheduled to release November 16, on iTunes, and has already released the song "In The Bleak Midwinter" as a FREE single on her webiste JessieKol.com and on AllAboutJazz.com (Nov. 5th). The often overlooked and sometimes monotonous sounding ballad is one of Jessie's Christmas favorites but has been given a refreshing appeal that features a unique arrangement of vocals and musicality.
Joining Jessie in the release of her first ever Christmas offering is arranger Johnson Roberts. Roberts, whose arranging genius can be found on his own musical releases, is better known for his Appalachian instrumentation and flare, but when Jessie first heard Roberts' music a little over a year ago she thought it would be interesting to fuse together some of his more grassroots arranging styles with her own vocal jazz elements. The end result, Jessie's first ever Christmas release "Little Emmanuel", is a collection of Christmas songs that was created in the hopes of enabling the listener to find the true joy and beauty of Christmas through some of the season's emotionally stirring and beautiful music.
Jessie says, "There are so many things to treasure about Christmas, one of them being the music. I love how Christmas songs can create a moment and inspire an emotion that returns, year after year."
Featuring the traditional four-piece set coupled with cello, violin, hammer dulcimer, and Jessie's lush vocals, "Little Emmanuel" is a creative step forward for the vocal jazz artist, and one that shouldn't disappoint.
Look for Jessie's free download on JessieKol.com now, or at AllAboutJazz.com on November 5th!
Learn more about Jessie at her webiste JessieKol.com or at AllAboutJazz.com.