It's never too early to start thinking of Christmas, right? Well, the latest release from jazz singer Amber Weekes titled "The Gathering" is just that, one of the first and newest holiday albums to arrive this month. It features ten tracks, filled with Christmas classics like "The Christmas Waltz," "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow." Amber also includes the Rodgers and Hart's "My Romance" from the musical "Jumbo," which perfectly matches her vocals to make this a magical tune. Another lesser known holiday tune is "Some Children See Him," in which Amber simply turns into one of the highlights of her new album. Amber Weekes wraps up her new holiday-themed album with the classic jazz ballad "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" and the one original song "The Gathering," which is a sing-along delivered over a modern jazz/pop melody. To find out more about Amber Weekes and her latest release "The Gathering," please visit amberweekes.com.
Next, trumpet player Douglas Olsen gives us his "2 Cents" with his latest nine-song release. Filled mostly with original tracks, Olsen wastes no time showing off his skills one the trumpet during the opening notes of "Tailwind." The rest of the band also find there way in to spotlight their amazing musical talents. Douglas Olsen swings away with the title-song "2 Cents," before adding a little Latin flair to his cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "Algo Bueno." He keeps the energy flowing with "Rat-Race," while "Boperation" will make you want to move your hips to the song's island rhythm. Douglas Olsen closes his new album with the emotional ballad "Una Para Ti" and the final jazz frenzy of "Passage." To find out more about Douglas Olsen and his latest release "2 Cents," please visit douglasolsen.net.