Nashville, TN (October 25, 2019)
GRAMMY®-nominated vocal band Ernie Haase + Signature Sound is celebrating as A Jazzy Little Christmas debuts at No. 1 on the Soundscan Christian Seasonal Sales Chart and Southern Gospel Sales Chart as well as Top 10 on Billboard‘s Jazz Albums Chart and Traditional Jazz Albums Chart. The collection of holiday classics and sacred seasonal songs, released via Gaither Music Group, also landed at No. 20 on Billboard‘s Christian Album Sales Chart.
“The ensemble of brassy horns, the swirling strings, and the layered harmonies accompanying Haase’s impeccable and expressive chops, make this record magical. Oozing with lots of nostalgic moments perfect for sipping eggnog in front of a blazing fireplace, this album is perfect to bring out the warmth of the season,” wrote Hallels editor Timothy Yap.
Ernie Haase + Signature Sound enlisted Tony Bennett‘s former musical director and pianist Billy Stritch, award-winning producer Wayne Haun and some of New York’s finest musicians for the project. During release week, the world-renowned quartet was invited to perform a couple of songs, including the Haase original “Christmas in Manhattan,” at the legendary jazz venue Birdland in New York City.
“New York City is a very special place for me and my wife, Lisa. We’re going on 30 years of marriage, and one of the things we started doing when we first got married was going to New York and doing a Broadway blitz, especially at Christmastime. We would get there and just look at the lights and take in the city, so I wanted to write an original love song about those experiences, and we did. It’s called ‘Christmas in Manhattan,’ and I hope it becomes a new Christmas classic,” expressed Haase.
A JAZZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS TRACK LISTING:
1. Happy Holiday / It’s the Holiday Season
2. O Holy Night
3. Christmas in Manhattan
4. I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells)
5. Love You Remember
6. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
7. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
8. We Three Kings
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Sometimes I Wonder
12. Christmas Time Is Here
13. Mister Santa
14. Peace on Earth / Silent Night