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Tootsie Tunes

by Richard Freitas

Swingin' stride jazz piano with a touch of rag.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Tootsie Toes
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2. Smokey
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3. Sassy Sue
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4. Sassparilla For Two
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5. Try 'n Catch Me
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6. Zig Zag Rag
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7. My Man Fats
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8. Saturday At the Bijou
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9. Would 'Ya
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10. Penny Candy
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11. Taunt Me Forever
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12. Sweet and Sour Pickles
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13. Rag Doll Rag
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14. Tappin' With Ike
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Album Notes
Tootsie Tunes is a collection of 14 original, new, stride jazz piano tunes with a touch of rag. Influenced by the genius of such artists as Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith, pianist/composer Richard Freitas has put his own twist on this swinging, happy, and totally irresistible music of the 1920's and 1930's.

Richard's professional career in music began as a pianist/arranger in bands and studios in and around New York City. He has performed with such great artists as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, Nell Carter, Little Anthony and the Imperials and The Drifters, to name a few.

Richard has written and produced music for PBS (Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Square One TV), NBC (Saturday Night Live, Rosie O'Donnell, Passions), as well as for CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, Disney, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, Random House and many other clients.

His body of work, numbering well over 1000 pieces, is broadcast in some 60 countries and has garnered 3 Emmy nominations, a Grammy nomination and 7 International Telly Awards.

Richard and his wife, producer/director Gerri Brioso, share their musical career with a big, fuzzy, goofy, sweetheart of a dog named Tootsie, while splitting their time between New York City and Connecticut.


"Would 'Ya" from Tootsie Tunes is featured in the just released major film, "American Pastime". Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros., the story centers around the internment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. The film was released in theatres on May 11 and on DVD on May 22. "Would 'Ya" was rerecorded with a small jazz combo featuring Stan Vansant on clarinet and Richard Freitas on piano.

Tootsie Tunes took 2nd place as best solo piano album at the JPF International Music Awards held on November 4th,2006. 600 albums were nominated out of a total of 25,500 entries. Richard performed "Try 'n Catch Me" from the album to a very enthusiastic audience at the awards ceremony in the Galaxy Music Theatre, Santa Ana, Ca.


"Richard Freitas composes happy music and the way he swings it on his new CD, "Tootsie Tunes", makes it charming and rather irresistible.The tunes are catchy with melodies that are easily followed and titles that seem to fit. The recorded sound is crisp and clear, the piano is a Steinway grand and the face of the CD itself is cleverly designed to mimic a 45 rpm extended play record."
Jack Rummel, Jazz Reviewer

"The 20's were indeed "roaring", and Richard brings that magic era back to life with his fascinating playing."
Albert Khalis Pride - Jazz Exodus (Dec 19, 2005)

"The whole album is just delightful with fine musicianship."
Lise Avery
Executive Producer
Anything Goes!! with Lise Avery
Internationally Syndicated Radio

"I took Tootsie Tunes home with me from the radio station and played it while working on a jazz newsletter. It is brilliant all the way thru."
"The Jazz Is Out There" WBLZ, Birmingham, Al.

"The Tootsie Tunes CD definitely has heart. Thanks for sharing with our listeners."
Brian Hart, Jazz Radio Host - WVUD, Newark, Delaware

"We received the Tootsie Tunes CD. Wonderful stuff. It has been on the air for weeks now. Got some great compliments on it. "
Jonathan Westerling
Founder & President
Radio Sausalito 100.1fm

"What great traveling music! Tootsie Tunes kept the energy high on my recent cross country road trip."
Brian Meehl, Redding, Ct.

"Tootsie Tunes has quickly become my favorite CD for driving, cooking and general mood elevation! It makes me smile every time I put it on!
I'm ordering more because I love making my friends happy too!"
Linda Kallman, Nyack, NY

"Your CD is terrific! I would just warn people to watch themselves if they play it in their cars, because the cheerful music could send them way over the speed limit! Seriously, great musicianship here, and I would most certainly recommend the album to anyone who just enjoys good music and a good time."
Allan Turner, Milton ON Canada

"For anyone who's had a stressful day, come home and listen to the
stride piano rags of Richard Freitas. Your bad day will fade away as the joyful, tapable, snapable, singable Tootsie Tunes re-energize you and make you feel good."
Lisa Simon New York, New York

"I LOVE TOOTSIE TUNES!!! I want to get about 20 of the CDs as stocking stuffers for Christmas. What cheerful, fun, toe-tapping, life affirming music! It's brilliant!"
Jacqueline Flamm, Hillsborough, NJ

"I've listened with great enjoyment to every last note (and there a
bunch of 'em) on your CD. Terrific stuff, and clearly from the heart."
Richard Dubin, Syracuse University, The Newhouse School of Public Communcations

"Your music is a joy!"
Dulcy Singer, NYC - Former Executive Producer-Sesame Street

"I must have looked like a grinning idiot mowing the lawn with the headphones blasting those Tootsie Tunes into my baking brain last week."
John Calabria, Bridgewater, Virginia

"What a surprise in today's mail, your wonderful CD. I'm off now for about a half hour drive and I'm going to be tapping all the way as I listen to your playing. How fortunate we are!"
Richard and Annette Gentile, Huntington, NY

"Tootsie Tunes is fantastic and great music to listen to when you're cleaning the house! Those dishes just flew out of the dishwasher etc, etc- effortlessly. I played it on Monday for my guests, and they loved it too. Great job!"
Jeanne Stephan, Milford, Ct.

"The Tootsie Tunes CD is wonderful. We listened to it while having our dinner the other evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great music!"
Bill Kellard and Terry Roberson, Savannah, Georgia


to write a review

JACQUES PELLARIN accordionist and composer

Tootsie Tunes is a captivating music ! These topical and beautiful songs procure joy and consolation ....the world is more sweet !
Richard Freitas is really a virtuoso and a poet of the piano . Roll on the next Richard's cd !

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Tootsie Tunes"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Richard Freitas.


Original, fun, upbeat tunes
Lots of original, fun, and upbeat tunes here. They are all short, so the CD is only 33 minutes long. But guaranteed to make you smile!

Stan Vansant, Camarillo, Ca.

Tootsie Tunes will keep a grin on your face from beginning to end.
Are there Tootsie Tunes in your medicine cabinet?
If not, there should be.

Big pharmaceutical companies BEWARE!!!!!
Richard Freitas' collection of original
swinging stride piano compositions are guaranteed
to get toes tapping, fingers snapping, and will keep
a grin on your face from beginning to end. This is
happy music.

I have heard Richard perform many times. he is an
amazing musician who can be hip, or cool, or funky,
and now----happy.

So if you are down in the dumps, moody, melancholy,
or just plain mad, throw away all your pills and prescribe
yourself some Tootsie Tunes.
Your smile will thank you.

John Gilbert

Lace up your high button shoes, don your spats and ladies fetch your
parasol and picture hat because Richard Freitas is taking us on a
delightful journey devoid of musical "con-fusion" hip-hop, free jazz
(called free because no dues were paid)...Freitas simply hands us a
pocketful of dreams to reflect upon and enjoy.

Freitas' solo piano soars and romps its way through 14 original tunes in
which the titles are very apropos to the music.

This pianist shows off his dexterity and humor as well as his nimble
fingered ideation.

"Smokey" jauntily swings with clever pianistic machinations and a merry

"Sassy Sue" is sweet sound for the audio senses. Freitas stirs up a
powerful concoction of notes which make this musical libation into a
joyous message of nostalgia.

"Try 'N Catch Me" The chase is on and facility is the byword here

"Penny Candy" is a worth a million bucks in any monetary exchange.

This is happy music from a happier time and Richard Freitas gives it to
us in an album that will make you tap your toes and grin like a possum
spittin' 'simmon seeds.

Kevin DuBrow

Fabulous CD!!!!

Best ragtime i have evrrrr heard!!!

Kevin DuBrow

Fabulous CD!!!!

Best ragtime i have evrrrr heard!!!

Sarah Meador

Tootsie Tunes is a thoroughly enjoyable treat.
Stride jazz piano is an odd little genre. Most people wouldn't know the name for it if they heard it; and almost everybody has heard it, and would nod their heads in pleased recognition if they heard it again. You've heard stride jazz before; it's the soundtrack of flickering black-and-white voiceless movies where the hero faints and the villain twirls his mustache, the music of old cartoons where the furniture dances. It's unavoidably nostalgic, irresistibly cheerful music.

With Tootsie Tunes, Richard Freitas fully embraces that nostalgia, with delightful results. From the first notes of "Tootsie Toes," his piano doesn't just stride; it jaunts, it jives, it positively struts along the open arrangements and colorful melodies Freitas creates for it. Piano is an instrument often reserved for serious or moody music. Here the black-and-white keys seem to have put on their play clothes. The sly mischief of "Come & Catch Me" smiles from every note. Freitas's compositions are a reminder that dance music is no recent invention. There's no touch of the latest rhythms in "The Zig Zag Rag" or the homage to "My Man Fats," but there's no way to keep from dancing in time with these rag-styled tunes. The lazy afternoon notes of "Sassparilla for Two" and "Saturday at the Bijou" recalls streets long lost to history to memories that have never seen them, and have fun to boot. Just the names of Freitas's sunny tunes invite a smile: "Sweet & Sour Pickles," "Penny Candy," "Rag Doll Rag." Every one is as simple and sweet as the name implies. And Freitas plays every note with the enthusiasm and exuberance that gives the music its fundamental spirit.

Tootsie Tunes won't blow you away with new sounds and elaborate arrangements. You've heard music like it before, even if you didn't know what you were hearing. But odds are you've never heard such a varied collection of it so well played. For anyone willing to let themselves go, relax and just smile at their music, Tootsie Tunes is a thoroughly enjoyable treat.

Nina Goodrich - Jazz Review

Captivating and consuming. A refreshing treat!
Richard Freitas describes his tunes as original, new, stride jazz piano with a touch of rag. The title, Tootsie Tunes could bring to mind the spirited music of television cartoons. Tootsie Tunes is that—and more, much more. How many different sounds can a person get from a piano? Lots!

Seducing the listener with the opener “Tootsie Toes,” Freitas immediately commands attention with the range of notes that keep this lively song captivating. Mystery in the first seconds pull the listener to “Smokey” before it explodes into a frenzied escapade, as Freitas covers the spectrum of high to low notes.

A sunny afternoon. A walk in the park—a light, spritzy mood, is felt during “Sassy Sue.” A bouncy, lively tune. “Sassparilla For Two” displays cascading notes with a slower tempo—still airy and pleasant.

Bringing the tempo back to a fierce speed, “Try ‘n Catch Me” reminds of the roaring twenties and silent movie days, when music told the story. “Saturday At The Bijou” also tells of earlier times with clarity and refreshing peppiness. A feverish tempo well describes the fervor of the question “Would ‘Ya”, the name of track nine.

The title of this album is a bit deceptive. It would be easy to think of this effort as a simple offshoot of cartoon spoofs. It is anything but that.

Freitas shows complex arrangements, tremendous skill on keyboard and an unending imagination to produce such varied and captivating songs with one man on piano.

This is a highly entertaining album. No flat spots. Captivating and consuming. A refreshing treat!