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A Retro Cool Bossa Nova Christmas with Vinnie Zummo

by Vinnie Zummo

A Christmas album full of sophisticated, lucid jazz guitar soloing over a retro, cool, lounge, bossa nova, silky vibe.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
3:10 $0.99
2. O'Tannenbaum
2:38 $0.99
3. Jingle Bells
3:25 $0.99
4. Good King Wenceslas
4:09 $0.99
5. Silent Night
3:36 $0.99
6. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
3:39 $0.99
7. The First Noel
4:13 $0.99
8. O' Little Town Of Bethlehem
3:03 $0.99
9. Deck The Halls
3:19 $0.99
10. Groovy Snow
4:15 $0.99
11. Angels We have Heard On High
3:22 $0.99
12. Christmas Groove
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
FINALLY! A Christmas album for hipsters!!!!!!!

Picture a sunny December afternoon in Hollywood, 1963.

Dean Martin is mixing a batch of martinis for Frank and the boys and throws this groovy bossa nova record on the turntable.

Frank says "Groovy sounds, cats. The guitar player is kooky!"

This is one scenario U could easily envision while trying to describe this CD.

"A Retro Cool Bossa Nova Christmas" is a unique Christmas album full of sophisticated, lucid jazz guitar soloing over a retro, cool, lounge, bossa nova, silky vibe. The retro bossa nova tip combined with Vinnie's  languid, jazzy guitar soloing makes it a highly unusual holiday CD for people who would not ordinarily buy Christmas CDs.
Finally! A Christmas album for hipsters!!!!!!!

Vinnie is well known for his solos during a seven year stint touring and recording with Joe Jackson. Vinnie Zummo is: Guitarist, producer, writer, arranger, sound design, custom hip-hop drum loops, accordion, & chromatic harmonica. Currently, top call session player in the NYC area.

Latest Projects:

1."SwInging Guitar Sounds of Young America"
With special appearances by:
Joe Jackson Graham Maby Marshall Crenshaw
Gary Burke Janice Zummo Shawn Pelton
Barry Miles Terry Silverlight Will Lee
Joy Askew and more!!


Beyond eclectic, the CD’s an homage to Vinnie’s fave artists. From the Beatles, Bob Wills, Cream, Beach Boys, Jeff Beck, Flatt & Scruggs, to Elvin Jones & more, the stylistic range is stunning!. All original songs that sound like these artists and feature Vinnie's unique guitar, accorduon, chromatic harmonica, and drumming.

2. "A Retro Cool Bossa Nova Christmas with Vinnie Zummo" Silky jazz guitar played over a retro cool languid bossa nova groove.

3. So To Bed ...So To Rise: An album of Real Jazz for children by The Vinnie Zummo Quartet featuring Janice Zummo. Noted jazz guitarist John Abercrombie said this album was; "Groovelating"

4. "Kocktail Kollection" a sample engine jammed with tons of cheesy lounge drum loops & construction kits capturing a true retro 50's 60's vibe. It's available from Zero-G or East West and is in music stores all over the world. Vinnie produced CD and constructed all loops.

5. New York Cutz: a CD of hip-hop drum loops & construction kits is available from Zero-G or East West and is in music stores all over the world. Vinnie produced CD and constructed all loops. One of Zero G's best sellers. NYCtz was awarded the coveted Platinum Award by Future music UK & recently given a Key Buy by Keyboard magazine in it's rave review of the CD. "NYCutz Vol.2 Off Da Hook" released 01/01. This CD is one of Zero G's best sellers.

6. Vinnie has songs in the movies "Must Love Dogs" and "The Weatherman".

7. He composes for the popular TV shows "Oprah" and "Guiding Light". He has also written music for "As The World Turns".

8. Recently composed the central theme for the CNN/Brazil channel for their Brazil 500 series celebrating the country's 5oo year anniversary and nineteen underscore pieces for CNN Headline News/USA. Wrote 3 themes for Japanese News program "Newsnomori".

9. Sample CD: "Shawn Pelton & Vinnie Zummo Escape From The Planet Of The Breaks" sampling CD for Zero -G / East West.

10. Check out Vinnie in four videos demoing the new line of Steinberger guitars. Just go to:



Out in December 2001 Albums: With The Joe Jackson Band: Body & Soul Big World Will Power Tucker (Soundtrack) Joe Jackson Live 1980-1986 Blaze Of Glory (played 11 gtrs.accrdn & glcknspl on stage.) Greatest Hits World Tours: Body & Soul, Big World, & Blaze of Glory Other Albums Featured soloist on albums by: Art Garfunkle, Shawn Colvin, Roger Daltrey, Paul Carrack, Marti Jones, Birthday Suit , Dee Carstensen Nenad Bach Dawn Buckholz & Leslie Nuss as well as the self produced Modern Marriage by The Zummos on A & M Records.(co-produced "Why Worry Now"with Mike Maineri on Art Garfunkle album"Up Till Now".)

Movie Soundtracks: Featured soloist in: Tucker, No Way Home, Queens Logic, The Blood Oranges , The Suburbans, and the upcoming Muhammad Ali bio-pic.

Commercials Written: Wrangler Amercan Hero (written up In NY Times.) Mounds & Almond Joy Oreo: Chubby Checker Campaign MCI Popeye's Chicken Maybelline /Europe Mistic Soda "Miftic"radio, Mercedes, Washington Mutual, (& hundreds more) Television: Writer: Lands End theme (nylon gtr.solo ) -- Paul Stanley Profiler Theme (electric gtr.fx.) -- Angelo Badalamenti Going Places with Al Roker -- Jamie Lawrence (accordion, harmonica. gtr.) The New Heckle & Jeckle show (gtr.) -- Eric Kaye The New Hollywood Squares -- Mambo (gtr &hrm).

TV Appearances: Has appeared on Saturday Night live, The Tonight Show, & 2X on David Letterman (sat in with band, introduced on camera.) Endorsements:Demeter, Aphek pedals, Akai,Takamine Guitars, Zoom, Marshall Amplifiers, Labella strings, Steinberger guitars, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Ovation Guitars, Di Marzio Pickups, Sans Amp, ADA Vinnie has worked extensively with Producers Mike Maineri, Neil Dorfsman, Robin Millar, David Kershenbaum, Don Dixon, Mark Adler, Angelo Badalamenti , Francis Ford Coppola, Johnny Caruso, Bashiri Johnson, Dave Katz, Richard Ford and others.



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Morty Feilds

Fantastic CD to spin as you unwind in front of a roaring fire.
I feel like I'm back at the SANDS, rolling the dice to kill time before the chairman and his fellow swing cats take to the stage. Oy! They must have summoned the spirit of Tommy Matolla to sound this good.

James Bryan

I will purchase more for gifts in 2007
One of the best Christmas collections. It went right to the top of my Christmas stack.

West Coast Walter

We Needed Something New - and Spectacular
I was looking for something new to replace my aging Christmas collection - A Charlie Brown Christmas is 45 years old, and while great, it is getting a little long in the tooth. I put Bossa Nova Christmas into Google on a whim, and discovered Vinnie. Move over Vince Guaraldi, Vinnie is coming to town this Christmas!!!! Just bought 10 more as gifts. When you listen to this little musical lilts and phrases will go by and you'll ask yourself - was that Pat Metheny? Was that Toots Thieleman? Was that John Scofield? Did Jobim have a hand in this? This should become the new jazz Christmas classic. Thanks Vinnie!!

Margaret (Russo) Campbell

I purchased 2, 1 for me and 1 for my ex-husband. We were amazed and in awe! fa
Everyone that heard this CD during the christmas holidays was amazed at it's perfection. We loved it very much. It was totally awesome.