Don’t Know Why but Fly Me To The Moon Just The Way You Are with a Jazz Improvisation and Cello Wars

May has arrived! And since we finished off April with gorgeous (and some hot) sunny days, Mother Nature has decided we need a little rain on our parade. That’s OK, though, because it’ll just make the grass greener and the flowers will bloom brightly. You know me – glass half full.

This week’s theme, as suggested by our previous Spotlight Dancer, Joyce of Catch My Words, wants us to give her lots of brass and all that Jazz. I’m out of my comfort zone with this, however I do love me some good jazz every so often. It’s a new month, and a new week – so let’s get things started with some cool jazz, shall we?  

Let’s start off with a song that was the second single by this artist from her breakthrough album in 2002 (the year Princess Nagger was born!).

Even though it only peaked at #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it was a critical success for her that helped establish her as a respected new artist, and subsequently her album sold extremely well.

In addition, the single went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2003 for “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”.

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Give a listen to with “Don’t Know Why”:

Next up is a popular song that was written in 1954, and has often been featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatra’s version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the moon.

This particular artist is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals, and is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.  To date, she has won two Grammy Awards and eight . Pretty impressive, no?

She was born into a musical family – her dad played piano at home and her mom sang in a community choir. She herself was playing the piano at the age of four, and playing jazz in a local restaurant by 15. She happens to be married to British musician Elvis Costello, and gave birth to twin sons in December 2003.

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Fun Fact:  On September 13, 2012, Krall performed this song at astronaut Neil Armstrong’s memorial service in Washington, D.C.

Here she is, the amazing Diana Krall with”:

And just because I fell in love with her sound, and because I happen to love this song, here’s Diana Krall again with ”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a video I stumbled across while hunting for jazz tuneage. I love these guys, they are not only entertaining but geniuses with their and musical abilities.

This particular video was taken when they were performing a concert at Brigham Young University Hawaii (BYUH) where they invited a volunteer student from the audience to come up on stage and perform a Jazz .

The result, as you can imagine, was awesome.

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Here are Jon Schmidt and  (Piano Guys) improvisational performance with BYUH student Josh Mason:

Oh, but wait! There’s one more!

Since yesterday was ‘ Day’ (and I had to explain it to the hubby, which totally cracked me up), I have to share this Piano Guys video entitled ““. It was a result of six months of production and their most ambitious undertaking. They decided to do this video because of their unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and what they described as “the most EPIC movies and film scores ever created”.

It all began as a joke when their friend, Tel Stewart (who was producing their videos “just for fun”) decided to add light sabers to Steven Sharp Nelson’s bow during outtakes. Steven Sharp Nelson’s son Eli (6) was the true for the project, since he’s a huge Star Wars fan and loves light sabers.

They used the following John Williams Star Wars Movie Themes (in order of appearance):

The Imperial March (Empire Strikes Back Theme)
Duel of the Fates (From Episode 1)
May the Force Be With You
Star Wars Main Theme
Cantina Band (from Episode 4)

All FIVE melodies enter one by one at the end and stack on top of each other until all of them are being played at the same time.

Without further ado, here are the Piano Guys (again) with Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody) Lightsaber Duel:

Have a great Monday!

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Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:

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I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.  

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!


INTRODUCING OUR “SPOTLIGHT DANCER”:

 

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!



 

 

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9 thoughts on “Don’t Know Why but Fly Me To The Moon Just The Way You Are with a Jazz Improvisation and Cello Wars

  1. I only knew one tune which was the first one Nora Jones, but my favorite has to be the piano guys & them pulling someone from the audience who just so happened to play keys. Totally cool & they were awesome to boot. Great find their kiddo! YOU TOTALLY ROCKED THE HOUSE!

  2. Fantastic selections! Nora Jones has a beautiful voice. I do recall hearing this song by her years ago. I am going to check out more of her stuff. Diane Krall reminds me of a female Frank Sinatra when she sings Fly Me To The Moon. I had no clue she is married to Elvis Costello. That’s an interesting fact to know. The Piano Guys…ahh, I just love them! This impromptu piece with the college student is great. What a wonderful way to begin my week by listening to your 4M choices this morning. Have a tunetastic week, Stacy!

  3. I quite like these versions I am not really much of a Jazz person which renders me totally jazzless LOL

    Have a jazztastic week 😉

  4. I do love rain, but now when others are suffering from floods and such. But I love seeing the grasses greener and flowers.

    I remember when Norah Jones came out. Oh she was everywhere! Such a beautiful voice!

    I can bet you are a star wars fan 😀
    I think I was the last one to say May the 4th be with you, yesterday 🙂

    That was really fun!

    Have a blessed week Stacy.

  5. Love the Piano Guys – that Star Wars one is so epic. My son loves that.
    Love Norah’s voice. I could listen to her all day.

  6. For someone out of your comfort zone, you did great! I loved all your picks, but then again, I love jazz! The improv was fun as was Star Wars. Thanks for stepping out of your zone for me.

  7. Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas — When your mother told you to turn down that loud music, she probably wasn’t only concerned with the damage that it would cause to your ears…

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