Verve Says 'Go Baby Go' with Launch of Baby Loves Jazz CD This Week; Tour Dates Announced

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Verve Records partners with Penguin books on hip incarnation of the Baby Loves Music series, inspired by the popular Baby Loves Disco family dance parties, rocking the nation's music clubs. The new CD launches a "Baby Loves Music" series from Verve.

This week, Verve Records releases "Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go", a new CD featuring jazz interpretations of classic children’s songs and more, performed by some of the hottest names in jazz including Sharon Jones (the Dap Kings), John Medeski (Medeski Martin and Wood), and Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob). Released by Verve Records in conjunction with a new series of books by Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, the disc and book series share the same name. A national live concert tour is planned for August and September.

Created by music industry veteran Andy Blackman Hurwitz, Baby Loves Music began as a way for parents to introduce their children to different genres without dumbing down the content or presentation; it’s real music played by real musicians. After the success of Hurwitz’s Baby Loves Disco parties (the country’s best DJs spinning real dance music in clubs across the nation for kids and parents), he expanded his idea to include Baby Loves Hip Hop (a forthcoming CD being produced by Prince Paul) as well as Baby Loves Salsa (featuring the Spanish Harlem Orchestra).

"Go Baby Go," which was produced by Hurwitz and Bernstein, features a number of children’s favorite songs interpreted in a variety of jazz styles. For instance, the opening number -- “If You’re Happy and You Know It” -- is re-imagined with a N’awlins vibe and some of the words changed to reflect the project: “If you’re happy and you know it play those drums! If you’re happy and you know it, the beats will really show it…” It’s a disc both kids and parents will love.

The album also features an unforgettable rendition of “Ten Little Monkeys” and takes “The Wheels on the Bus” on a funky trip. “Old MacDonald” is no longer a farmer here – he’s a bandleader, and the song takes stock of all the musicians in his group (“Old MacDonald had a band…”). Other songs on Go Baby Go include “I’ve Been Working on the Rail Road,” “Scat Song,” “Banana Boat Song,” and originals such as the title track. This upbeat and engaging record also includes brief interludes introducing kids to the different instruments used in jazz, such as the bass, the saxophone, and the trumpet.

"Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go" is sequenced to play through so that kids will be ready to go to sleep as the album winds down. The last three songs were specifically envisioned for bedtime -- the trilogy of “You Are My Sunshine,” “Banana Boat Song,” and “Lullabye” is perfect for soothing tots to sleep.

Bernstein and Hurwitz called in a number of serious jazz cats to record this project. The sassy Sharon Jones and the versatile Babi Floyd (Rolling Stones, Steely Dan) trade off on vocals, backed by Bernstein on trumpet, Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob) on saxophone, Medeski on keyboards, Ben Perowsky (Dave Douglas, John Zorn) on drums, and Brad Jones (Marc Ribot, Jazz Passengers) and Lonnie Plaxico (Dizzy Gillespie, Cassandra Wilson) on bass.

This all-star band will be going on the road this fall playing the music of "Go Baby Go" at Baby Loves Jazz concerts across the US. The group will be making its debut performance at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in September. A Baby Loves Jazz family dance party at Joe's Pub in New York on September 9th will also celebrate the release. For more information on these events, visit http://www.babylovesmusic.com. The tour dates are as follows:

BABY LOVES JAZZ TOUR DATES

August 23    Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

September 9    Joe's Pub, New York, NY

September 16 Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA

September 17 Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA

October 7    World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA

Verve’s "Baby Loves Jazz" CD will be released in conjunction with the launch of four titles in the new Baby Loves Jazz book series from Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. The titles feature a lovable cast of familiar characters and are the perfect tool for introducing young ones to the many different aspects of jazz. Whether it is the tinkling of the piano keys, the soothing sound of the sax, the excitement of the trumpet, or the skippity-bee-bop of scat, these books subtly teach children their numbers and colors while also introducing the sounds of jazz by using words, pictures, and music from the featured CD in each book.

In addition to the CD and books, Baby Loves Jazz will also be featured in a series of short animated segments on the Cartoon Network beginning in the fall.

"Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go" (B0007025-02) becomes available on CD this week. Suggested retail price is $14.98.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.

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