iMpressions of Vince Guaraldi: aka The Original Joe Cool

When the holidays come around, so does a renewed interest in the music of Vince Guaraldi. Guaraldi is known mainly for his long association as the music creator for the Peanuts Television Specials beginning with ‘A #CharlieBrownChristmas’ in 1965.

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Vince graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California, in 1946 and was a brief attendee of San Francisco State University before making a name for himself as an intermission player at the famed hungry i club during the 1950s.

Over his brief 47 year life, Guaraldi performed literally all around the #BayArea, from Napa, Oakland, and San Mateo to clubs in San Rafael, Fairfax, and The Trident Sausalito while residing in San Francisco and later Mill Valley in Marin County.

Vince Guaraldi was more than jazz and more than just his association with the #Peanuts. Guaraldi played with many greats of his day, including Woody Herman, Cal Tjader, #MilesDavis, #VanMorrison and Grateful Dead. His electric covers of contemporary hits such as the #Beatles ‘Elenor Rigby’ became staples of his later performances. Catching his set at the Black Hawk in San Francisco during the late ’50s, where dancing was frowned upon, or “hanging from the trees” during his performance at the 1966 Stern Grove #Festival, would have been equally rewarding. ‘Tis may be the season, but Vince Guaraldi rings year-round, forever holding a special place in the history of west coast jazz.

SOUND ON for vintage-esc Vince Guaraldi inspired version of Silent Night first composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, organist and schoolmaster in Oberndorf, Austria, 1818 and produced by Thelen Creative, 2020.

Sam Rhinehart, #Piano
Naomi Baraban, #Bass
George Thelen, #Drums

Mixed @ Acumen Productions – Stephen Fong, Oakland, Calif.
Produced by Thelen Creative – George Thelen, Novato, Calif.
Mastered @ CloudBounce an #AbbeyRoad Red Alumni company.

Available NOW via SoundCloud at #ThelenCreative
Available December 25th on Spotify Apple Music Deezer +++

#SilentNight #publicdomain #Christmas #HolidayMusic #playlist
#Music For #SYNC #noSamples #MusicBed Macy's Hallmark

#CharlieBrown #CharlesSchultz @SchultzMuseum #SantaRosa
#WestCoast #Jazz #VinceGuaraldi #JoeCool #DrFunk

#California #SanFrancisco #MarinCounty #MusicHistory
Sausalito Historical Society Marin History Museum #NovatoHistoryMuseum historyofsanfrancisco Tenderloin Museum #AbrahamLincolnHighSchool

Available on All Streaming Services.

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