Press release :
A new twist on kid's music, this joint project of Steven Bernstein and producer Andy Hurwitz corrals an all-star lineup of formidable jazzers to rev up children's songs like "Old MacDonald" (in which the farmer is recast as a hip bandleader) and "I've Been Working on the Railroad." The Verve/Forecast recording, "Go Baby Go," features keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), drummer Ben Perwosky (Dave Douglas, MTO), saxophonist Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob), bassists Brad Jones (Jazz Passengers, Marc Ribot) and Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie).

Created by music industry veteran Andy Blackman Hurwitz, Baby Loves Music began as a way for parents to introduce their children to different genres without dumbing down the content or presentation; it's real music played by real musicians. After the success of Hurwitz's Baby Loves Disco parties (the country's best DJs spinning real dance music in clubs across the nation for kids and parents), he expanded his idea to include Baby Loves Hip Hop (a forthcoming CD being produced by Prince Paul) as well as Baby Loves Salsa (featuring the Spanish Harlem Orchestra).

Go Baby Go, which was produced by Hurwitz and Bernstein, features a number of children's favorite songs interpreted in a variety of jazz styles. For instance, the opening number - "If You're Happy and You Know It" - is re-imagined with a N'awlins vibe and some of the words changed to reflect the project: "If you're happy and you know it play those drums! If you're happy and you know it, the beats will really show it…" It's a disc both kids and parents will love.

The album also features an unforgettable rendition of "Ten Little Monkeys" and takes "The Wheels on the Bus" on a funky trip. "Old MacDonald" is no longer a farmer here - he's a bandleader, and the song takes stock of all the musicians in his group ("Old MacDonald had a band…"). Other songs on Go Baby Go include "I've Been Working on the Rail Road," "Scat Song," "Banana Boat Song," and originals such as the title track. This upbeat and engaging record also includes brief interludes introducing kids to the different instruments used in jazz, such as the bass, the saxophone, and the trumpet.

Go Baby Go is sequenced to play through so that kids will be ready to go to sleep as the album winds down. The last three songs were specifically envisioned for bedtime - the trilogy of "You Are My Sunshine," "Banana Boat Song," and "Lullabye" is perfect for soothing tots to sleep.
Bernstein and Hurwitz called in a number of serious jazz cats to record this project. The sassy Sharon Jones and the versatile Babi Floyd (Rolling Stones, Steely Dan) trade off on vocals, backed by Bernstein on trumpet, Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob) on saxophone, Medeski on keyboards, Ben Perowsky (Dave Douglas, John Zorn) on drums, and Brad Jones (Marc Ribot, Jazz Passengers) and Lonnie Plaxico (Dizzy Gillespie, Cassandra Wilson) on bass.

This all-star band will be going on the road this fall playing the music of Go Baby Go at Baby Loves Jazz concerts across the US. The group will be making its debut performance at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in September.Verve's Baby Loves Jazz CD will be released in conjunction with the launch of four titles in the new Baby Loves Jazz book series from Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. The titles feature a lovable cast of familiar characters and are the perfect tool for introducing young ones to the many different aspects of jazz. Whether it is the tinkling of the piano keys, the soothing sound of the sax, the excitement of the trumpet, or the skippity-bee-bop of scat, these books subtly teach children their numbers and colors while also introducing the sounds of jazz by using words, pictures, and music from the featured CD in each book.

In addition to the CD and books, Baby Loves Jazz will also be featured in a series of short animated segments on the Cartoon Network beginning in the fall.