‘MUSIC FOR A GREEN PLANET’
"Saving the planet was never so much fun! Parents need to know that this album is full of joyful and witty jazz tunes that celebrate the environment and every human being's part in saving it."
"Almost Makes Me Wish I Had Kids! This CD is exactly the kind of music I would put on the radio for my kids if I had any. Hayes Greenfield essentially took old classics like "she's coming 'round the mountain", set them to some great jazz riffs, and altered the words slightly so that all the songs have a great sustainable message. Rock on Hayes!
"Music for a Green Planet": Whoa, le jazz hot -- and very cool."
Los Angeles Times
"Music for a Green Planet. It's destined to be the soundtrack for a young green America."
Out with the Kids
“Genius! It makes jazz a tangible entity, not just something you sit and listen to ... recreates children's standards as messages of ecology and conservation.”
Kids Music That Rocks
"I have probably listened to this cd a dozen times in one day, as my children absolutely adore it, and I do too.""Music for a Green Planet": Whoa, le jazz hot -- and very cool."
Eco Childe's Play
"Jazz musician Hayes Greenfield performs tunes from his delightful new collection, Music for a Green Planet. The groove is excellent, the lyrics serious yet silly."
New York Magazine
"We loved it. The lyrics are catchy, meaningful, and discussion worthy (what's a hybrid, Mom?). Music for a Green Planet creates a wonderful introduction to living Earth-healthy and inspires the children, as well as their families."
Mommies with Style
"Music for a Green Planet has potential for early childhood schoolrooms (not yet sullied by pop music), and also among kids familiar with these nursery rhymes... I can think of no better music than Green Planet to set the mood and spur discussion as my kids grow older... Green Planet is refreshing because it focuses on positive aspects of challenges facing the world."
"I may be on my way to appreciating jazz after listening to Music for a Green Planet... I celebrated right along with Greenfield and the other top singers on this sophisticated yet fun mix of “green” songs."
"Hayes Greenfield’s Music for a Green Planet is some awesome, hot and cool, swinging, rapping true-to-the-soul jazz that has some very sweet, heartfelt lyrics perfect for an Earth Day groove."
"Greenfield's combination of great jazz with creative lyrics makes his green project a winner."
All About Jazz
”Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz’ entertainer extraordinaire Hayes Greenfield pays homage to the planet with his new release, Music for a Green Planet. Adults and children alike will sway to Alouette in Green, Brahms Green Lullaby, This Green Man and other songs crafted to instill responsibility across the generations.”
Beauty News NYC
“Sophisticated, lush jazz productions; deep eco-message lyrics: This truly outstanding collection provides a sampling of jazz styles, from Dixieland to bossa nova to cool jazz.”
“Features inventive arrangements of tunes like “Hush, Little Baby” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
Time Out Kids New York
“It brings green-minded parents and their children a compilation of jazzy tunes full of positive messages about living green. The music is sure to inspire little ones to love the Earth, while parents will appreciate the (non-annoying!) adaptation of well-known children’s melodies.”
Green Mom Finds
“Original tracks that explore the myriad ways everyone can work together to save our Earth.”
Staten Island Advance
Featuring 15 original tracks by Hayes Greenfield, acclaimed jazz musician and creator of the multi-award-winning Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz CD that explore the myriad ways everyone can work together to save our Earth, Music for a Green Planet presents a sampler of musical offerings. From the Dixieland beat on “This Little World of Ours,” to the beatnik vibes of “The Greenable Rap” or the bossa nova rhythms of “Do You Know,” and even the cool jazz tones of “Brahms Green Lullaby,” Music for a Green Planet travels through an array of jazz styles with each title based on a familiar children’s song. Environmental activist Margo Schepart co-wrote the clever, punchy, fun lyrics with Greenfield.
A host of top singers join Greenfield to create a sophisticated mix of sounds.
Jazz legends Joe Lee Wilson, Miles Griffith, and the up-and-coming
Melissa Stylianou add their smart vocals to several songs. Eight-year-old
“Les Miserables” star Carly Sonenclar makes memorable “Things We Throw
Away,” and Broadway veteran Shayna Steele (“Rent,” “Hairspray,” “Jesus
Christ Superstar”; currently in Las Vegas with Bette Midler) performs with
seasoned vocalists on gospel-inflected “This Little World of Ours” and “The
Sun.” A choir of children joins the fun.
“With Music for a Green Planet I really sought eclectic variety,” explains
Greenfield. ”I wanted to express the elastic and communicative qualities of
jazz in every song, which is why I included world music elements along with
an atypical combination of instruments.” On “This Green Man” (sung to the
tune of “This Old Man”), Sunny Jain, (Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz drummer and band
member) masterfully plays a traditional North Indian bhangra or Punjabi-
style beat using Indian drums (the dhol and dholki). Adding to the musical
arrangements’ inventiveness are Hayes’ unique incorporation of instruments
rarely heard in a soloist context such as the alto clarinet, the C-Melody, and
baritone saxophones. Unusual within a jazz context, he includes acclaimed
Dave Phelps’ lap steel guitar and master keyboardist Charlie Giordano
(currently touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) on
accordion. Music for a Green Planet also features colorful performances by
the highly regarded jazz pianist David Berkman, eminent Steve Wilson on
clarinet, master bassist Jay Anderson, and tuba virtuoso Bob Stewart.
“This is music that makes you think on a higher level rather than if you were
just following along with a three-chord rock groove,” Greenfield notes.
Greenfield has wanted to record a “Green” album for some time now. “As a
world citizen, humanist, and musician who cares about our world, I produced
this CD in an effort to make a difference, help increase awareness of our
current global emergency, and promote available solutions in our effort to
preserve our planet. The songs concern solar power, wind energy, hydro-
electric, geothermal, bio fuels, hybrid cars and buying fresh, locally grown
organic produce. They give kids ideas about what can be done,” he says.
Greenfield’s acclaimed 1998 family music CD Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, produced by
Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and his wife Dorothy, features vocalists Richie
Havens and Miles Griffith. The CD was honored with the Oppenheim Toy
Portfolio Gold Award, Child Magazine’s “Best of the Year” award, the
Publishers Weekly “Listen Up” award, a Parents’ Choice award, and the
American Library Association Notable Children’s Recording award.
Greenfield is a saxophonist, composer, educator, producer, filmmaker, and
bandleader. He has been active on the New York City jazz scene since the
late 1970s. He performs regularly and conducts Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz music
workshops at schools, theaters, and festivals nationwide. For more
information and performance updates, visit www.musicforagreenplanet.com.