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A collection of jazz standards inspired by the life and career of my father.
A collection of jazz standards inspired by the life and career of my father.
180 backers pledged $13,216 to help bring this project to life.

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Shirley Temple’s recent passing reminded me that our time is limited. We are losing iconic talents many of us grew up with. By recording these songs I hope not only to honor my father’s memory and his love of jazz, but to create a musical statement that is truly my own, connecting his past to my present in a way that will no doubt leave me forever changed.

my story...

My father, Christian (Buddy) Ebsen passed away in 2003 at 95 years old, after a nearly 70-year career as a dancer, actor, singer and musician. He particularly loved jazz and encouraged me as a young singer and pianist to learn songs from what we now call “The Great American Songbook.” But I was a rocker (and a bit rebellious) and much to his disappointment, I found his kind of music “old.”
 
I have always had a genuine desire to perform and know this inspiration comes both from Dad and my mother, a multi-talented performer in her own right. I pursued my own songwriting and performance dreams, created five solo albums and toured the world with artists such as Tracy Chapman, Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs and Christopher Cross.
 
A few years ago I discovered buried in my mother’s attic a box of original scripts and music from my father’s career. Among them were Born To Dance, Yokel Boy and even a songbook from The Wizard of Oz with his handwritten notes in it. I also found a tune my father had written called “Missing You," a song so beautiful and poignant it felt like a gift just for me. I began to include it in my shows and got chills before performing it, as if my dad was there with me.

The Wizard of Oz, circa 1939
The Wizard of Oz, circa 1939

I decided to honor my father's long-standing request and record the music he would have most enjoyed. The songs included come from movies he worked on as well as a selection of his favorites. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you, culminating with the album's release this summer on Father's Day.

Below is a rough track from our basic sessions at Barbershop Studios in Hopotcong, NJ


about the project...


Working album title:
"Scarecrow" 
(Dad was first cast as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz then was switched to the Tin Man.)

Preliminary song list: (more songs TBA)

"Missing You" (written by Buddy Ebsen/Zeke Manners)

"Moon River" (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (The Wizard of Oz)
"Codfish Ball" (Captain January)
"Easy To Love" (Broadway Melody 1938)
"St Louis Blues" (Banjo On My Knee, also the first tune my dad taught me on piano
)
"Laura" (his favorite song)
"Tea for Two" (his signature dance routine)
"Comes Love" (Yokel Boy)

Musicians (more TBA)

David Mann- producer, saxophone, flute
John Patitucci- acoustic bass

Henry Hey- piano

Clint de Ganon- drums



We estimate the total cost of the project to be in excess of  $22,000. This Kickstarter campaign is only set for $12,000 because we'd love to have a successful campaign. Any contributions over our goal will be applied to the overall budget. Below is a rough breakdown of expenses:

PHASE 1-FUNDED
$5800 Musicians (2 tracking days)

PHASE 2- NOT FUNDED
$1700 Studio (4 days total)
$2500 Arrangements-band and strings
$1500 Musicians (overdubs)
$1000 Travel/lodging

PHASE 3- NOT FUNDED
$5000 mixing
$1500 Mastering

PHASE 4 - NOT FUNDED
$3000 CD duplication initial run (full color digi-paks with booklet)
$1200 Music Licensing
$500 Misc expense

rewards...

We are offering a wide variety of awards, including song dedications, photos, house concerts, and of course, the finished project!

Thank you for your support!

Kiki

Risks and challenges

As a professional musician with numerous recording and touring credits, including five solo albums, I understand what it takes to see a project through from concept to completion. There are always minor set-backs (and sometime even bonuses!) along the way, and I have tremendous confidence in the creative team I have assembled to deal with whatever comes up.

This project is especially close to my heart and I feel absolutely confident that we'll succeed in completing the album in time to ship before Father's Day in June.

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    ****Digital download of six songs from the album

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    ****Digital download of ten songs from the album

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    ****Receive copy of CD (postage included)

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    ****Receive one CD, signed, numbered and personalized with a dedication of your choice (postage included)

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    ****Signed and dated Polaroid from the recording session

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    ****Personally dedicated performance of "Missing You" sent to anyone you choose on DVD before Father's Day 2014

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    ****a special collector's book with photos from the recording sessions, photos of my father, family pictures and stories about growing up in an entertainment family

    ****My entire signed discography (5 CDs, postage included)

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    ****A VIP invitation to the CD release party at the family home in Southern California on Father's Day or a live internet feed from the concert. (travel expenses not included)

    ****A house concert for your friends (travel expenses may apply for areas beyond 150 miles of Los Angeles)

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    ****I will perform and dedicate a song of your choice in person (within 100 miles), via Skype or send it on DVD for whomever you like.

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    ****Executive producer credit on album

    ****A one-on-one customized "Horse Whisperer" experience with yours truly, complements of The Healing Equine Ranch in Southern California. (no experience necessary, travel expenses not included)

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