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Pretty Swingin’ Christmas

Pretty Swinging' Christmas music

Swinging festive Big Band Songs


Give Me That Cheer
High-energy, swinging big band Christmas song with happy male vocal & chanting kids’ chorus response.     1:55


Christmas List
Swinging Christmas song with big band, warm strings & crooned US male vocal.     2.32


Wonderful Time of The Year
Comfy, relaxed big band swing song with warm strings & classic female jazz vocal. Full of Christmas cheer.    2:41


Here Comes Santa Claus
Swinging rock ‘n’ roll big band Christmas song with male vocal.    2:30


Up on the Housetop
Classic American Christmas song.    2.05


Magical Time of the Year
Family oriented Christmas song with a fast-paced cool & glitzy big band.     3.06


Silent, Holy Night
Beautiful string arrangement of the classic Christmas carol with male vocal & kids choir.    3.04


When Dreams Come True
Snug, fireside Christmas jazz with warm strings & smooth US male vocal.     3.46


Almost Time for Christmas Day
Upbeat, joyful Christmas song with swinging big band, velvety strings and crooned male vocal.    2:26


It Must Be Christmas Time
Cosy, fireside Christmas cracker with big band, glitzy strings and schmaltzy male vocal.    2:27


Swingle Bells
Up-tempo Christmas classic. Cocktail swing jazz with crooning male vocal.    2.13


Auld Lang Syne
Vintage male crooner rendition of the New Year’s Eve standard with lush, nostalgic strings, woodwind & brass.    2:09


 At Christmas Time
Cute, vintage Christmas duet with glitzy big band and strings.   3:02


Best Time of The Year
Smooth, classic Christmas ballad with nostalgic female vocal, warm strings & vintage big band.     2:45


 

New vintage vocal swing album

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

The release of Vintage Vocal Swing, our new album available from Audio Network, gave us the opportunity to produce a stellar cast of musicians and record them at Abbey Road Studios.

We had written seven songs that were crafted to sound like they had come straight out of the 1930s and forties. Our plan was to compose the sort of music that seems to have been around for practically ever, but actually hasn’t.

The recordings have benefitted from the input of some fabulous musicians. The band line up was Colin Good (piano), Ant Law (guitars), Tom Farmer on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Crooks (clarinet), Howard McGill on alto sax and flute, Phil Todd (tenor sax and flute), Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone) and Enrico Tomasso on trumpet. We’ve been lucky enough to work with most of these virtuosos in the past, so we knew we were in for a treat.

A six-year-old Enrico Tomasso with Satchmo in 1968.

These guys were instrumental, sorry – couldn’t resist that – critically important in achieving the kind of silky-smooth sound that we wanted. Enrico is one of the UK’s top trumpeters. His dad Ernie was a professional clarinettist and Enrico’s lineage goes all the way back to a childhood performance with Louis Armstrong, which makes him jazz royalty in our book. The rest of the band are luminaries in their own right and specialists in music of the pre-war period and the 1940s.

Vintage Vocal Swing
The boys did their work in the morning in the intimate surrounding of Abbey Road’s Studio 3, and the vocals were recorded in the evening of the same day. In for a penny, in for a pound, we decided to get fully in the mood (see what we did there?) by donning period outfits from the 1940’s. David made a dash as an RAF sergeant while Jeff was zoot-suited and booted in the height of forties fashion.

Vocals were in the expert hands of Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (former MD of five-times Grammy Award winners The Swingle Singers). Joanna, who also composed the tracks with us, was joined by Sara Brimer-Davey and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.

For three hours of recording they channelled (and modelled) an Andrews Sisters style that complemented the compositions beautifully.
Audio Network’s Sébastien Daniell was on hand to film the proceedings and put together the video above. Our thanks to Séb for capturing the event and producing the video – and to all the team who contributed to the recordings.

The track listings for Vintage Vocal Swing are:

  • Shoop Da Boogie – A grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead, vocals and a scat-style chorus
  • All That We Dreamed Of – Twee tea-room jazz with sweet harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section.
  • Choo Choo – A fast boogie groove with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Tell Me That You Love Me – Up-tempo 1940s swing with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Stop The Search – A swinging piano and big band boogie woogie.
  • You Are – A lovely vintage romantic jazz ballad.
  • Hurry Santa – a cheerful Christmas song with a jazzy vintage feel.

Licensing information
For information on licensing the music, please visit Audio Network

Vintage Vocal Swing

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

Close vocal harmony vintage songs


SHOOP DA BOOGIE
Grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead & close harmony vocals with a scat-style chorus.


ALL THAT WE DREAMED OF
Twee tea-room jazz with sweet close harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section. Features a jaunty whistle solo.


CHOO CHOO
Fast boogie groove with close harmony female vocals over bouncing jazz piano, brass stabs & swinging drums.


TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
Bright, up-tempo swing with 1940s close harmony female vocal group, horns & jazz rhythm section.


STOP THE SEARCH
Swinging piano & big band boogie woogie with 1940s American close harmony female/male vocals.


YOU ARE
Vintage romantic jazz ballad with close harmony female vocal group & relaxed 1940s swing band.


Hurry Santa
Cheerful song about Santa with vintage American close harmony female vocal group & sprightly jazz band.


 

Cocktail Jazz


Smooth and easy-going cocktail jazz


YOU’LL GIVE YOUR HEART AWAY
Easy listening jazz ballad about the search for true love. US male vocal.   3:41


WHEN I’M NEXT TO YOU
Easy-going, romantic jazz ballad with cheerful US female vocal.   2:32


SAMBERIFFIC
Upbeat jazz combo samba with lively male scat vocals & acoustic guitar solo.   2:27


TIL I MET YOU
Up-tempo easy listening jazz song with romantic & cheerful US female vocal.   2:44


LONG DRIVE
Smooth cocktail jazz ballad about an ill-fated romance. US male vocal.    3:01


UNDER THE MOON
Smooth & romantic jazz bossa song with US male vocal.    3:51


 

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Song of the Trail


Songs of the wild wild west

Upbeat Americana and country vocals with jaunty brotherly harmonies accented by nostalgic orchestral moments, bluegrass guitars and twangy lead melodies


BAND OF BROTHERS
Rousing cowboy musical-style song with orchestra & brotherly group vocals.   2:44


BACK IN THE SADDLE SOON
Sprightly retro Country & Western trail song with upbeat cowgirl vocal.   2:52


LAWMAN
Epic spaghetti Western ballad with orchestra, guitars & mighty bass vocal.     3:31


RIO GRANDE
Nostalgic Western ballad with sentimental male vocal, orchestra & harmonica.   2:48


SONG OF THE TRAIL
Laid back cowboy song with acoustic guitar, fiddle & wistful male vocal     2:35


TO THE WESTERN SKY
Jaunty cowboy song with four part harmony vocals & comedy yodelling section.   2:07


DOING WHAT I DO BEST
Fun, up-tempo bluegrass cowboy hoedown song with group vocals. Yee-haw     2:02


 

Navidad


Latino influenced, Spanish/English Christmas


NO HAY OTRO DIA COMO LA NAVIDAD
Warm Spanish Christmas jazz with smooth male vocal & uplifting orchestra.    3:10


AL MUNDO PAZ
Festive Spanish Christmas with joyful orchestra & Spanish male vocal.   3:09


NOS PREPARAMOS PARA LA NAVIDAD
Merry Spanish Christmas romp with jolly orchestra & upbeat male vocals.   2:41


OH PUEBLECILLO DE BELÉN
Uplifting festive jazz with heartwarming orchestra & smooth male vocal.    2:32


GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas orchestral romp with male crooner vocals.   2:41


JOY TO THE WORLD
Christmas classic with orchestra, male crooner vocal & rocking rhythm.    3:09


NO OTHER DAY LIKE CHRISTMAS
Fireside Christmas jazz with warm orchestra & male vocals     3:10


OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Warm Christmas croon with American male vocal & lush orchestra     2:32


UP ON THE HOUSETOP
Classic American Christmas song.  2:05


 

1940’s Americana Folk


1940’s vintage American folk songs

Lo-fi vintage folk with downtrodden working man’s lyrics paired with gruff vocals and a one-man-band guitar/harmonica combo. A time capsule from 1940s America


SUNDAY DARKNESS
Vintage dust bowl song with guitar, harmonica & gruff male vocal. Lo-fi version.   2:04


GONE GONE GONE
Jaunty American folk song with Celtic flavours. Male vocal. Lo-fi version.    2:36


WHISTLIN
Catchy toe tapping American folk ditty about whistlin! Male vocal. Lo-fi version.    2:50


AS I GO WALKING
Early American folk song with male vocals, guitar & harmonica. Lo-fi version.    2:45


CALLING IT HOME
Downtrodden American folk song with male vocals & acoustic guitar. Lo-fi version.    2:20


DON’T YOU WANT TO COME AROUND
Playful & poignant vintage American folk song with male vocal. Lo-fi version.     1:58


IF YOU ONLY SAY I WILL
Down-on-his-luck folk song with acoustic guitar & harmonica. Lo-fi version.     2:49


 

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Romantic Folk

Intimate and romantic folk songs

Intimate guitars & romantic male vocals come together in these folk pop songs


EVERYWHERE I WANNA BE
Intimate, romantic folk pop ballad with male vocal & string quartet    2:31


FIND ME A WAY
Upbeat contemporary folk song with positive male vocal. Slight gospel vibe.  2:01


MY REMEDY
Gentle folk pop love song with heartfelt male vocal & string quartet.  2:57


HOW CAN I
Reflective male vocal with delicate fingerpicked acoustic guitar & strings.  2:36


DON’T WAIT
Positive male vocal folk-rock song with harmonica & driving acoustic guitars.  2:53


I KNOW
Gentle, intimate folk pop ballad with tender male vocal.   2:53


 

Opera and Oratorio

Famous Operatic and Oratorio works

A collection of some of the most famous classical songs ever written


UN BEL DI – PUCCINI
Stunning, emotionally building soprano aria from Madame Butterfly.    3:45


LARGO AL FACTOTUM – ROSSINI
Classic operatic aria from The Barber of Seville for baritone & orchestra.    2:34


CHORUS OF THE HEBREW SLAVES – VERDI
Graceful orchestra & choir chorus from the opera Nabucco.    2:32


PRELUDE TO CARMEN – BIZET
Exuberant orchestral overture with the big tunes from the opera Carmen.   1:54


HABANERA – BIZET
Sassy soprano aria from Carmen for orchestra & chorus (1875).    2:16


TOREADOR – BIZET
Powerful baritone operatic aria from Carmen with orchestra & chorus (1875).   2:28


DIDO’S LAMENT – PURCELL
Sad & beautiful arrangement for orchestra & soprano. (c.1688)
2:11


LIEBESTRAUME – LISZT
Gentle arrangement for choir, soloists & piano.   3:11


AVE MARIA –  SCHUBERT
Arrangement for piano, strings & soprano (1825).  3:48


AVE MARIA – J S BACH/GOUNOD
Gentle, beautiful arrangement for piano, soprano & quintet.   2:37


BARCAROLLE – OFFENBACH
Gently swaying orchestra with choir, soprano & mezzo soprano vocals (1880).   2:55


BRINDISI –  VERDI
Cheerful drinking song from La Traviata with orchestra & chorus (1852).  2:20


FLOWER DUET –DELIBES
Elegant, lilting soprano duet from Delibes’ opera Lakme (1883).   1:39


LA DONNA E MOBILE – VERDI
Arrangement for orchestra & tenor of famous aria from Rigoletto (1851).   2:18