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When it's Christmas Night in Sactown, all the jazzbirds will be swinging. That is, if you support our holiday jazz album.
When it's Christmas Night in Sactown, all the jazzbirds will be swinging. That is, if you support our holiday jazz album.
When it's Christmas Night in Sactown, all the jazzbirds will be swinging. That is, if you support our holiday jazz album.
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For years, I made Christmas mixtapes for my friends as holiday gifts. I have over 30 Christmas albums, so I could always find some fresh new songs to entertain and amuse. But, I've always dreamed of recording my own Holiday album, and it's time to check it off the bucket list. Will you help me?

Some of the songs we're considering you might now know, but they swing! 

  • Christmas Night in Sactown* - Louis Armstrong
  • The Merriest - June Christy
  • I Love the Winter Weather - Fats Waller
  • Mistletoe & Holly - Frank Sinatra
  • Let's Start the New Year Right - Maguire Sisters
  • What Will Santa Claus Say - Louie Prima
  • I Want a 5 Pound Box of Money - Pearl Bailey
  • A Marshmallow World - Dean Martin
  • Baby It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Doris Day
  • What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - Nancy Wilson
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby

If you support our kickstarter, we'll send you some Holiday Cheer next month and again next year when the album's finished.  

I've long been crazy for Christmas music, and have a blog with lyrics to over a hundred Christmas songs.  I think you might like it Learn Your Christmas Carols

*Louis Armstrong sings it Christmas Night in Harlem

Risks and challenges

I've already lined up the musicians, they're the same fabulous people that I've collaborated with at our monthly vocal jazz jams and at the Sacramento Jazz Camp.

I don't anticipate any problems with the schedule. I've never made an album before, but I've done lots of organizing or projects and events.

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    What Will Santa Claus Say?

    Just in time to kick off your Holiday season, you'll receive an MP3 of me singing Louis Prima's swinging Christmas song, What Will Santa Claus Say. Perfect for dancing around the house with an eggnog while you decorate the tree.

    *Special Song

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    Mr. Santa

    You might remember Mr. Sandman, but this is even better. Mr. Santa, sung by the fabulous Shelley Burns. Plus What Will Santa Claus Say? With a glass of hot buttered rum and these songs, your Christmas wrapping will be super quick.

    *Special Songs

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    A Big Basket of Christmas Love

    You'll receive all the special songs this year, and next year the finished album!

    PLUS a play along at home songbook. Chord charts for 25 jazzy Christmas songs including both pop hits like I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and rare gems like Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag. You'll be able to entertain yourself for hours. ;)

    *Special Songs
    *Digital Album - Christmas Night in Sactown
    *Holiday Songbook

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    Heaps & Heaps of Christmas Hugs & Kisses

    You'll receive all the special songs this year, PLUS a digital copy of Shelley Burns holiday album "The Secret of Christmas" with 12 songs to get you in the yuletide spirit:
    Christmas Time is Here
    Mr. Santa
    The Secret of Christmas
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
    The Chipmunk Song
    Let It Snow
    Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    Angles We Have Heard on High
    Frosty The Snowman
    Silver Bells
    Holly Jolly Christmas

    AND a copy of our digital album "Christmas Night in Sactown" when it is completed next fall.

    AND a play along at home digital songbook. Chord charts for 25 jazzy Christmas songs including both pop hits like I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and rare gems like Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag. You'll be able to entertain yourself for hours. ;)

    *Special Songs
    *Digital Album - The Secret of Christmas - Shelley Burns
    *Digital Album - Christmas Night in Sactown
    *Holiday Songbook

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    Santa's Super Duper Helper

    Ten digital copies of What Will Santa Claus Say to share with your friends. The perfect stocking stuffer!

    PLUS All the special songs this year, AND a digital copy of Shelley Burns holiday album "The Secret of Christmas" with 12 songs to get you in the yuletide spirit:
    Christmas Time is Here
    Mr. Santa
    The Secret of Christmas
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
    The Chipmunk Song
    Let It Snow
    Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    Angles We Have Heard on High
    Frosty The Snowman
    Silver Bells
    Holly Jolly Christmas

    AND a play along at home digital songbook. Chord charts for 25 jazzy Christmas songs including both pop hits like I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and rare gems like Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag. You'll be able to entertain yourself for hours. ;)

    *Special Songs
    *Digital Album - The Secret of Christmas - Shelley Burns
    *10 Copies of Digital Album - Christmas Night in Sactown
    *Holiday Songbook

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    Christmas Caroler

    Are a musician? Here's your chance to share your talents with the world. Pledge $250 or more and you can take part in the production of this album. You could solo on your trumpet, sing a duet with me and/or help choose the songs and arrangements. Message me with your ideas.

    Plus, of course, you get all the other rewards!

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    Let Santa Bring You Some Sales

    This reward, for BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY, will allow you to share your (holiday themed) product or business with a perfect audience… one that’s actually interested in what you have to sell!!

    Do you sell a product or service that makes a great Christmas gift? Do you sell gift cards? Let us help promote you!

    You'll get a link on our Christmas blog and be included in over 50 social media messages between Thanksgiving and New Years. I personally have over 40,000 social followers across several platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz) and have organized a network that quadruples that reach. You can find out more about my network here http://getonthemap.us

    As part of this reward you will be advertised across various social media networks and specifically promoted as a sponsor of our album!

    Organic, natural, real advertising! What a gift! Helping independent music get made and helping your business to a bit of exposure and press, what could be better? Plus, the ultimately small amount you spend on this reward, will easily come back to your business in the form of sales!! As a last thank you, you’ll also be added to our album end credits!

    Value of this service: $1,000.

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