Jazz on a Winter's Night + CD: 11 Christmas classics for jazz piano (Nikki Iles Jazz series) Paperback – 27 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Pianist and composer Nikki Iles was a founder member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra - working with Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Her busy freelance career has found her playing with Peter Erskine (CJO), Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Argüelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Tony Coe, Tina May, and Rufus Reid. Her music has been commissioned and performed also by the London Sinfonietta and Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra. A committed educator, Nikki is senior lecturer at Middlesex University, visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy, and Trinity College of Music, London, and an adviser to ABRSM. She holds a British Jazz Award (1996), an award from the International Association for Jazz Education (2002), and was twice nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award. 'A formidable UK jazz presence' - John Fordham, The Guardian
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Have yourself a Merry little Xmas
I saw 3 ships
In the bleak mid-winter
santa claus is comin to town
the Xmas song
O little town of Bethlehem
Sans Day carol
Can't recommend it enough if you'd like to sound jazzy and don't know how - comes with a CD too.
This book falls somewhere between - original arrangements of carols and Christmas songs, each one playing with a different style or artist-inspiration. It's done with skill and affection. The pieces are careful transcriptions of Nikki's playing (on the CD) and while few are 'easy', they're all attainable for at least this amateur, and realisation does give me a feel of jazz under my fingers.
Highly recommended. If Nikki offered more of the same (not necessarily Christmas-themed), I'd buy it sight-unseen.
1. Have yourself a merry little Christmas (inspired by Nat King Cole)
2. Winter Wonderland (inspired by Take Six)
3. I saw three ships (inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet)
4. In the bleak mid-winter (inspired by Bill Evans)
5. Noël nouvelet (inspired by the John Coltrane Quartet)
6. Santa Claus is comin' to town (inspired by Paul Bley)
7. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (inspired by Frank Sinatra)
8. O little town of Bethlehem (inspired by Vince Mendoza)
9. Balulalow (inspired by Norma Winstone)
10. Sans Day carol (inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim)
11. Silent night (inspired by Thad Jones)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the arrangements here are pretty anodyne for something published by Oxford. Those arrangements that are good, though, like "Have yourself a merry little Christmas"... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Android
Lovely book of jazz arrangements of familiar Christmas tunes. Not very hard to play so it's also good for young players looking to explore jazz.Published 18 months ago by Niamh Francis
Our daughter loved playing these at Christmas. A good level of difficulty for a pianist who passed Grade 7 a while back. She could sightread some but needed to practise others. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs C Tucker
Wonderfull pieces with very good Jazz improvisations. Not too complicated but not too simple, just right for a non-professional pianist who stadied piano for 5-6 years in music... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Olga Berdyugina
Fir my talented pianist of a brother who requested it for his birthday. He loves it and plays it regularly.Published on 27 Feb. 2014 by HSJ Foster
If you are a fan of jazz carol arrangements then this is the book for you. The arrangements are tastefully done and very nice to play. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by GB
This is a thoughtfully-arranged collection that is a pleasure to use at pre-Christmas events, with the benefit of an accompanying CD of the arranger's piano playing.Published on 23 Dec. 2013 by JEB