What to get the jazz-lover in your life this Christmas
Stuck on what to gift the jazz enthusiast in your life this Christmas? Look no further! Here at Down for the Count we've curated a selection of fantastic presents that are bound to put a smile on any jazz lover's face this festive season.
Gregory Porter's new Christmas album
We LOVE Gregory Porter at Down for the Count - in fact, we've been on group trips to see him live not once but twice! And this November, he is releasing his first ever seasonal album. We've pre-ordered our copy already and we're absolutely sure it's going to be sublime. Order from your local independent record store or from Amazon.
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
A first-hand account by Louis Armstrong of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century. His exuberant tone, which may sometimes be straying a little from the facts, is irresistible and a true page turner.
Find the book on Amazon, or of course ask at your local independent book shop!
Swing Dance Classes
For the jazz and swing music enthusiasts who love to move, consider gifting swing dance classes. Whether they're a beginner or seasoned dancer, lessons make for a fantastic and fun gift. Explore local swing dance schools in their area or consider:
London: Swing Patrol
London: Hot Jazz Rag (Nikki Santili)
- Norwich: Swingymabob
Birmingham: The Swing Era
Cheltenham: Cheltenham Swing Dance
- Cambridge: Cambridge Swing Dance
Liverpool: Mersey Swing
Bristol: Swing Riot
Live concert tickets
Make this Christmas special with the gift of live music - which is a great eco-friendly present as there's no chance it'll end up in the bin! Purchase tickets to jazz concerts, local jazz clubs, or orchestral performances. Check out upcoming shows by Down for the Count upcoming shows with Down for the Count or look for other jazz events in your area.
Frank Sinatra biography
A few years ago THE definitive biography of Frank Sinatra was published. Written by James Kaplan, the subject - Frank Sinatra's fascinating, turbulent life - is spread across two volumes. It's wonderfully written and despite being a long read is gripping. We highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know more about this musical icon.
Some new music
With a range of six different Down for the Count albums to choose from, available either as CDs or digital downloadable copies, you are sure to find one that your gift recipient will enjoy. From the festive tunes of our Swing Into Christmas album to the pure celebration of the Swing Era on At The Cold Stores, there is a range of albums to pick from on the Down for the Count Bandcamp store.
If you have all of our albums already, why not check out the following music recorded by some of our favourite artists:
Buy a classic jazz record
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas remains a timeless classic. Featuring Ella's enchanting voice and a masterful orchestration from Frank de Vol, this album is perfect for the festive season. Find the CD on Amazon or at your local independent record store.