Mister Rogers Swings

Mister Rogers Swings

by Holly Yarbrough


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Mister Rogers Swings

The late Fred Rogers produced, wrote, and hosted the public television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001 and a key ingredient in targeting young children with his upbeat educational message was music (usually jazz), singing his own words and music with the assistance of veteran pianist and music director Johnny Costa and a number of other musicians. Vocalist Holly Yarbrough, together with the help of a number of Tennessee-based jazz musicians, explores 16 of Rogers' many compositions, and includes special guest saxophonist Boots Randolph (on one of his final recordings). The atmosphere is friendly and swinging with a good number of instrumental breaks, with Yarbrough's appealing vocals, a fine rhythm section (including pianist Lori Mechem, guitarist Richard Smith, bassist Roger Spencer, and drummer Chris Brown), and potent, brief solos by Randolph, trombonist Roy Agee, and trumpeter George Tidwell. Anyone who wants to expose their children, grandchildren, or students to very accessible (without being bland) swinging jazz with lyrics that have a message instead of empty banalities ought to investigate Mister Rogers Swings.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Vintage Discs
UPC: 0045507403626
catalogNumber: 4036

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Yarbrough   Primary Artist,Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Brendan Harkin   Recorder
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Richard Smith   Guitar
Roger Spencer   Bass
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Julie Adams   Cello
Richard Smith   Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone,Horn Producer
Lori Mechem   Piano
Chris Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Stuart Duncan   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Richard Smith   Audio Production
Julie Adams   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Roy Agee   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Holly Yarbrough   Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Aimee Roberts Mazurek   Artwork
Lori Mechem   Audio Production
Ron Browning   Vocal Producer

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