Jack Jezzro and Friends bring cool vibes on Bossa Nova Christmas




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Born as Jacob Paul “Jack” Jezioro on December 2, 1957 in West Virginia, this popular songwriter and producer has recordings that have numbered into the millions.

As a young boy, his first musical loves were with the accordion and piano.  Eventually, he took on playing the guitar learning songs from the likes of Chet Atkins, James Taylor, along with The Doobie Brothers.

In the mid 1970’s, he went to nearby Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University.  By 1981, he successfully completed a degree at the famous Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Ten years performing in Nashville followed before embarking on his solo career.

According to the Wiki entry on the Last.fm website, Jezzro has been credited to over 200 albums and also having some his music featured on United and Delta Airlines flights.

For this final weekend entry before Christmas, he brought along some friends to do bubbly and airy versions of our favorite holiday tunes in a 2009 compilation album from Green Hill Productions.

Denis Solee does a lot of percussion on “My Favorite Things” (Track 5), while Lori Mechem brings her piano to the fore on “White Christmas” (Track 8), of which you can learn more about her two Brazilian jazz entries in past posts in my blog.

Bergie Adair goes Michael Franks on 17 RPM with the Vince Guaraldi Trio classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas with “Christmastime Is Here”, and Jack himself closes out the album with his sixth entry out of 14 tracks getting all giddy about “Frosty The Snowman.”

Sadly, it appears there won’t be any of the white stuff flying around on the interstates and back roads this upcoming holiday season.  That is, unless my fellow MPB’s like California’s own Fabiana Passoni and Bianca Rossini decide to buy a bunch of oversized cotton balls and decorate their backyard with snow that would never melt.

But fear not, my fellow fans of this blog.  I know you have been all good little virtual online guys and gals, so you will get to read one more holiday blog before something very important, very special will be tucked safely inside your inbox as we await Santa’s arrival late on Christmas Eve.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.









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