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Big Jeff I

by Big Jeff

Imaginative singer-songwriter/guitarist with playful lyrics that get the kids dancing. First CD includes instant classics such as "The Orange Song" and "Big Pterodactyl in the Sky."
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. A New Way to Say Hello
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2. I'm a Big Old Train
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3. The Orange Song
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4. Big Pterodactyl in the Sky
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5. Blue Baby Blue
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6. Down the Sidewalk
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7. Two Kazoos
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8. Are We There Yet?
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9. The Butterfly Waltz
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10. Lulu
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11. Super Duper Turbo Toaster Toy Construction Set
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12. Color It In
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The fans... wave their arms in unison and scream [Big Jeff's] lyrics back to him as though it's 1964 and he's Paul McCartney. But McCartney never held an audience like this, at least not while singing about lightning bugs and Legos up his nose."
-Daily Record, April 2, 2001

Big Jeff's music is all about imagining, learning, moving, thinking, doing, playing and singing! There's a surprise around every corner, from the joyful, inspired silliness of "The Orange Song" to the heavy metal/lounge jazz of "Shower of Power" to the thumping funk of "Boogie with the Boogieman."

At six-and-a-half feet tall, with a musical background in everything from avant-rock to Dixieland jazz, Big Jeff started writing songs for children when he worked as a bus driver for a special needs daycare.

One of the first of these songs was "Big Pterodactyl in the Sky," a country tune inspired by his then two-year-old daughter. It turned out that many other kids loved flapping their arms, flying around the room and "squarking" as much as she did!

Oh, that critter sure does make awful squark,
Singing just as happy as a lark!
Partly bird and partly shark,
Reject from Jurassic Park,
You must have stowed away on Noah's Ark!
You're just a Big Pterodactyl in the Sky...

Big Jeff developed three CDs worth of original songs this way, as part of an ongoing dialog with his two children, and with the kids, parents and teachers at all the many centers he visits. He's been on the road ever since, performing solo at scores of children's centers, and also playing larger concerts with his super-lively backup outfit, Big Jeff and his Middle-Sized Band!

So give a few of these tunes a listen. At any given moment you might hear something that'll remind you of Tom Chapin, the Talking Heads, Dr. Seuss, the Beatles, Walt Disney, Lou Reed, Sesame Street, The Grateful Dead, or Shel Silverstein, just to name a few. It's all part of the unique sound and energy that thrills youngsters from all over!


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Heather from Detroit

We can't get enough of Big Jeff!
We can't get enough of Big Jeff! We saw him in New Jersey when we were there for a friend's birthday party, and we have brought back his music for all of our friends in Detroit to hear. Big Jeff I is one of my kids' favorite CDs of all time!

Erica Thomas

Big Jeff is the Best!
My kids are now 4 and 6 and have grown up on Big Jeff. All of their friends have become fans too. Even better, it is fun music for the parents to listen to as well. We always get his new music and videos as soon as they come out. They are all FANTASTIC. DON'T MISS OUT!!!!!!!

Chloe's Mom

We're big fans. Try to catch a live show! It's lots of fun.
My daughter loves this music and has her cousins listening now. The greatest thing about it is that it's really fun for the whole family. We have Big Jeff I, II and the newest CD. Enjoy!

Laura

My kids LOVE Big Jeff!
My kids love Big Jeff, and this CD is their favorite. I just bought it for my nephew, as he is now a Big Jeff fan as well!

Charlotte from MA

Rock on!
Massachusetts loves Big Jeff!

Maddy and Owen

Big Jeff is great
Big Jeff came to our house for a birthday party and we loved him. He's great. The CD is a lot of fun and his live shows are even better.

Tom

The boy LOVES it!!!
Big Jeff has played at my son's daycare, so I figured he might like these songs... He LOVES them - stares at the CD player, claps at the end, and laughs when we sing along.

Tiffany Palisi

My son loves groovin' to Big Jeff
My two-year-old loves listening to this CD. When the Orange song comes on, he asks me to get some oranges and throw them into the air whenever the word "orange" is sung. He also loves, "I'm a Big Old Train", heck he loves them all. From start to finish he sings along while dancing to Big Jeff 1 and only during "Butterfly Waltz" does he take a break and lay down. Good wholesome music for kids that won't drive parents nuts!

C W Cobalt

How to musically entertain children without being condescending
Big Jeff's first record showcases his ability to stride musical genres, producing a sophisiticated yet astonishingly simple set of songs to entertain children. His wide ranging style appropriates blues, folk, and classic rock in clever ways that pay homage to the history of music without slipping into outright parody. In a nutshell, he makes top notch music for kids that has them laughing and dancing, while simultateously entertaining the adults.

Stevie C.


I've heard the songs both on the CD and performed live, and they're all catchy, varied, and most important of all - a whole lot of fun! And you haven't lived until you've heard "Big Pterodactyl In the Sky!!!" I also hated the color orange - until I heard "The Orange Song." RECOMMENDED!!!
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