Jazz and Christmas music seem to have a special relationship. Whether it was the voice of Nat King Cole or the way Vince Guaraldi and Oscar Peterson tickled the ivories, both musical worlds have known a fruitful two-way street that even Christmas music enemies tend to have a low. Maybe that’s why we’re collectively more tolerant of a new Christmas tune if it sounds like a welcome throwback to Ella Fitzgerald’s old-fashioned way. In the best possible way, that’s what Jazzy Ash’s new Christmas issue “Fly Through the Sky” is all about.
Jazzy Ashes, the stage name of Ashli St. Armant, is a Los Angeles-based singer and arts educator who is releasing two Christmas recordings simultaneously on November 18. “Fly Through the Sky” is self-explanatory in its subject. “You know the rules, don’t you? / Leave out a treat or two, ”Ash sings in his easy-going voice, carried by a tinkling piano, sighing violin and brushed drums. “Maybe just tonight / If you stand in the moonlight just to the right / You will see Santa’s reindeer flying in the sky.”
The other tune is the standard “Zat You Santa Claus?” Here it is supported by horns, organ and accordion, ending the cover with a simple “oh, that’s fine” before the last note. Both songs are now available on the SoundCloud JazzyAsh account.