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BETHLEHEM, PA – Social Music, the first all original full length album release by Pennsylvania six piece jazz band Ginger and The Schnappes, is about reconnecting with the power of song.
“Social music is listening to the stereo, the cassette player, the radio, the concert or a streaming device with others and experiencing the music together. “Shh, listen, this is my favorite part,” and now your favorite part becomes your friend’s favorite part,” said Ginger Brew, the band’s stylish chanteuse.
“Social music is shared. Was there ever a better expression of your love for someone then to hand them your personally curated mix-tape? “Here, share my universe with me.”
Social Music is engaging and sometimes indicative of the band’s Pennsylvania roots; take the song 309 for instance. It’s about all the quirky and fun places along PA Route 309 from Philadelphia to Tunkhannock. If you’re from around there you’ll know those stops and end up sharing your own stories of trips along that road.
The tunes Chrome Dome and Double Stop are big swing tunes, perfect for asking the person next to you to dance – yes, dance – an activity we will be enjoying again soon!
The nostalgia in Drunk and Dreamy, the longing in A-Strollin’ On By, the sadness in Lament are emotions known to anyone who has been around long enough to have fallen in love at least once. Listen to these songs by yourself in a crowd through your headphones or coddled by a group of friends, you are not alone in knowing these emotions.
Pardon Me is cute and reflective (“How ‘bout for now I meditate but wait, first can I bum a cigarette?”), Prosecco, like the bubbly little drink itself, is light and fun (“Have a bellini made with Prosecco, not be a meanie share your Prosecco”), Magic Thread is full of passion (“Desperate times call for desperate measures, what this old world needs is more rhinestones and feathers”) and On Veut Faire La Fête is just a plain ol’ good time (dancin’ in the street, you can feel her heat!).
Ginger and The Schnappes has taken all these human emotions and desires and wrapped them in some cool jazz chords and riffs and neatly placed them all in one tight little LP.
Social Music is available now for purchase or streaming on your favorite services. More information can be found at https://gingerandtheschnappes.hearnow.com/social-music.
Ginger and the Schnappes is currently touring in support of Social Music. Please visit www.MixonBrewMusic.com for updated information.
Ginger and The Schnappes is:
Ginger Brew: Vocals, Delightfulness
Joe Mixon: Guitarist and Musical Director
Dan Twaddell: Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute
Vernon Mobley: Percussion
Patrick Kerssen: Pianist
Brian Bortz: Bassist
About Ginger and The Schnappes
Ginger and The Schnappes is a six piece jazz band that swings the great jazz standards. Their broad repertoire covers the great songs from 1920 to 2020 and includes Jazz, Pop, Latin, Country and Blues. Their music is inviting, listenable and danceable.
The band performs at many public and private events. They are the go-to band for several non-profits’ fundraising galas (JAACF.org, America On Wheels, Lehigh County Humane Society) and are seen regularly at ArtsQuest – a premier arts center in the Lehigh Valley. In 2020, they were one of the few local bands featured at the virtual version of Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA – USA Today’s #1 music festival in the U.S. for 2019 and 2020. Among their local Lehigh Valley gigs, they have performed at The Dime in Allentown, The Bookstore in Bethlehem, The Gas House Dance Hall in Catasauqua and are regularly seen at The Artisan in Bethlehem.