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Joelle Lurie has something in common with a lot of superheroes: She has two identities. To adults, she’s the leader of Joelle & the Pinehurst Trio, an ensemble known for contemporary jazz. But to children, she’s the driving force behind JoJo & the Pinecones, a band that fuses jazz and pop, offering both original tunes and its own arrangements of standards. At this concert for ages 4 through 8, which opens the BAMkids Music Series, her group will celebrate “Night and Day,” its new album, which takes young listeners from rising in the morning to preparing for bed.
NYC jazz quartet Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio have been making music for a couple years now. Their 2014 debut album Take Me There blended originals with jazzy covers of The Cars and Tears for Fears. For album number two, they’ve renamed themselves JoJo & The Pinecones. Why the rebrand? Well they’ve added a few members, but more importantly, that new album Night & Day is a family record suitable for children and parents alike. It blends original songs with kid-friendly jazz standards. But there’s one odd-boy-out on the tracklist.Throwing a bone to the adults who may soon be listening to this record on repeat on drives to school, the band covers an alt-rock lullaby: the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness classic “Farewell and Goodnight.” True to their style, the band turns it into a lovely jazz ballad. If only all so-called “kids music” were this classy.
Newbies on the family music scene, JoJo & the Pinecones are soon to be in frequent rotation at home. This past year was a big one for eclectic jazz pop band Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio. They were the Artists-in-Residence for Lincoln Center Education in NYC and during their residency, they worked on their debut family album under the band name JoJo & The Pinecones. Already known for their reimagined American Jazz Standards, songwriter and lead singer Joelle Lurie takes a similar imaginative and playful approach to Night & Day’s line up of songs. She thoughtfully curates a collection of reinterpreted family friendly jazz standards in addition to the bands own original compositions to create a fun, educational listening experience (Lurie’s experience as an educator comes out on the album in the form of little stories explaining the background of the jazz standards, once a teacher, always a teacher!). As described by NPR’s Will Layman on pop matters.com, “She (Joelle Lurie) gives everything a fresh sound…an airy touch with putting pop grooves beneath old standards…Lurie is onto something here: both accessible and a little different.” The new album is due out later this month, and they kicked it off with a concert January 7th at Lincoln Center, NY as a part of the Lincoln Center Kids Artists series. New Yorkers, we are jealous you got to go see JoJo & The Pinecones live, the rest of us will just have to wait for the album to hit the airwaves!
Jojo and the Pinecones, debut family album has a song for any time of day, so says the title of their debut album, Night & Day. It’s a jazzy, pop-filled musical soundtrack to any kid-filled household. Standards like, I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone, an equally likable compliment to the original, will make adults sentimental and kids smile. But there’s also original tunes like, Breakfast for Dinner, that will surely induce silly supper fun.Jojo and the Pinecones is fronted by Joelle Lurie whose adult-music alter-ego, Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio, is a well-known staple at Tavern on the Green and The Rainbow room. Lurie and musical partner Benjamin Gallina, are current Lincoln Center Kids Residency artists which has given them a chance to show off their love for families, music and like all jazz musicians, their versatility.
Kindie music newcomers JoJo & The Pinecones are debuting their unique approach to modern jazz on Night & Day on Friday, 1/20. Below is a link for their first video for the album “Breakfast For Dinner”, so check it out! On the group’s first family focused album Night & Day the New York City based JoJo & The Pinecones, known for their frequent performances at The Rainbow Room and Tavern on the Green, present well crafted and swinging jazz music created with families in mind. The group who has a distinctive jazz and modern style as Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio and they now share their exceptional talent with a new audience as their all-ages friendly alter ego JoJo & The Pinecones which was developed through a residency at Lincoln Center Education.