Signed Skafish Holiday Collectibles Now Available

auto_cd_frontsmI wanted to take a moment to let you know that for the first time, you can purchase Skafish Holiday Collectibles from my newly redesigned holiday website.

If you’d like a personally autographed “Tidings of Comfort and Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas” CD, I will be happy to sign the front panel to you or someone you want to gift the album to. I’ll also sign the rear panel of the Digipack as well. Each autographed CD is brand new and I remove the shrink wrap before signing it for you.

If you’re a poster collector, I can personally autograph a limited edition, never-before-sold promotional mini poster for auto_postersmthe “Tidings” album. To make sure you get your poster intact, they are rolled and shipped in a secure, heavy craft paper tube.

If you’re looking for the album without the autograph, new, shrink wrapped “Tidings” CD’s are also available.

Because everyone loves a bargain, I’m happy to offer you a 10% discount for multiple purchases of the same item in your order from my holiday website. When you buy from me, you’re directly supporting both me and my work. And I truly appreciate the support!

Selling directly to my fans is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and now that it is a reality, you can expect to see more of this coming up. That includes my current albums, new releases as well as my back catalogue.

Just click here to have fun and start shopping!

I wish you a great season of health, well-being, prosperity and joy — Skafish


What’s Skafish Bringing You For Christmas?

jingle_bells_smallHey, I wanted to take a minute to let you know about some exciting new things I’ve planned for this holiday season.

I’ve Got A New Website:
First, Glinda and I gutted the old website and created something completely fresh. The new website is a responsive design, so it looks great anywhere. Visit SkafishHoliday.com and see for yourself. While you’re there, subscribe to the mailing list and you’ll get all Skafish Holiday news first, such as when my new holiday jazz album will be released, performance dates, giveaways, and more. Let me know what you think of the new site!

Visit Our Ebay Store:
Since everyone loves collectibles, we are going to offer some very cool items at our Ebay store this season. You can get personally autographed CDs of “Tidings of Comfort and Joy – a Jazz Piano Trio Christmas.” I can do the autograph for you or anyone else you want to give it to as a gift. I’ll also have limited edition posters, press kits and more. It’s looking like I’ll have these items for sale by mid November.

Video Stuff:
I’m going to post all the new Skafish holiday videos on the La BefanaRecords You Tube channel. If you happen to like the more edgy, out there Skafish (the one some still have a problem with, lol), you can find those videos on the Skafish You Tube channel. However, if you’re only looking for Skafish Holiday videos, subscribe to the La Befana Records You Tube channel and you’ll be first to know whenever new clips are posted.

Fun Skafish NPR Interview:
Last year, I did a post here on my blog to let you know about a radio interview I was doing with my friend, Tom Lounges. On that show, we talked mostly about my background in jazz, and the process of creating and recording the “Tidings” album. However, the real treat was when fans called in from all over the country to receive autographed “Tidings” CDs. Talking with all the callers really made my night, and it gave me something joyous to cherish through the holiday season. Now, we converted the interview into a video and put it on the La Befana Records You Tube channel. Check out the Skafish Interview on NPR’s Lakeshore Public Radio with Tom Lounges from December 3, 2013.

Archival Jingle Bells Video:
In the spirit of saving the best for last, I am elated that everybody can finally see the archival video to the recording of Jingle Bells. As many of you already know, the “Tidings” album was recorded as a jazz trio playing in the studio. We didn’t use any fancy technology, but basically just went into the studio and played. What’s so exciting about the Jingle Bells video is that it puts you right there with us. No gimmicks or trickery – just real simple: three musicians playing the last track of the album. With this video footage, you can experience the actual unmixed performance right as it happened. It is ironic that we hardly ever see actual musicians playing together in a room anymore. But now you can. Watch Jingle Bells here.

If this is an album you enjoy and you’re really a fan, please spread the word – it is greatly appreciated. Also, I am going to have some holiday giveaways this season, so stay tuned. I hope all is going well for you —

Skafish


Listen to Skafish Midwest Beat NPR Interview

For those of you who missed it the first time, or for those of you who want to share the experience again, here is the complete Skafish Midwest Beat NPR interview with host Tom Lounges that originally aired December 3, 2013 on Lakeshore Public Radio. On the show, we discussed and listened to tracks from my first holiday jazz album, Tidings Comfort & Joy: Jazz Piano Trio Christmas The callers were just amazing, and for me, it was a truly magical time.

Click here to listen:

Skafish NPR interview…..

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Walking out the door pre-show.

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with show host Tom Lounges

With show host Tom Lounges.

Special thanks to Tom Lounges, Tavis, Dan, and everyone who took the time to call in and share their thoughts, memories and wishes! I hope you enjoy the show and leave a comment here. To a magical, prosperous and safe holiday season for you! — Skafish


Skafish NPR Radio Promo Spot

I thought you might enjoy the NPR Radio Promo Spot I just recorded! Remember to join me Tues. 12-3-13, 6pm US Central Time. Tune in on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore or stream the show live at www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio. You can call the show at 219-769-9577 to say hello and win a copy of my first holiday album! — Skafish


Skafish NPR Radio Interview this Tuesday (12-3-13)

Join me this Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 6 PM United States
Central Time, when I’ll be a guest on NPR Radio’s Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges. This special broadcast will be devoted to discussing and playing tracks from my first holiday jazz album, “Tidings of Comfort and Joy, a Jazz Piano Trio Christmas.” Call in to the show, say hello, and you’ll have a chance to be one of 5 lucky winners who will each win a copy of the album to brighten their holiday season.

Tune In on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6 PM United States Central
Time on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore or stream the show live at
www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio. You can call the show at
219-769-9577.

I have to say that recording and releasing “Tidings” has been one
of the highlights of my career, especially because it showcases
another side of my talent, which is my ability as a jazz pianist,
producer, composer and arranger. Although a huge departure from
what people had come to expect, it’s opened up a whole new avenue
of artistic expression and audience for me.

Hope you can tune in, and I truly wish you a safe, prosperous and
fantastic holiday season!

Skafish


Skafish NPR Interview With Live Piano Performance

When my first holiday jazz album, “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas” was first released in 2006, I was interviewed on the Chicago National Public Radio show Eight-Forty-Eight with host Steve Edwards to discuss the record. On the show, I also played live piano versions of three of my album tracks. We also talked about my musical background, and the origins of the Chicago punk scene.

I’ve put together a visual compilation which helps to tell the narrative of the interview, and features many never-before-seen images.

Enjoy! Skafish

I Am #3

It’s that time of year again, and this time around, I wanted to try something a little bit different. Since this is my third annual holiday giveaway contest, I dubbed it “I Am #3,” where I’m giving away these three items to the grand prize winner:

*A $100.00 Amazon.com gift certificate (which the winner can spend any way they wish),

*An autographed copy of my first ever holiday jazz album: “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas,” and

*A never-before-sold autographed poster for the album!

In addition to the grand prize, ten other lucky winners will each receive an autographed copy of the “Tidings” CD sent to their door, completely on me, completely for FREE — and everyone throughout the world is eligible to enter!

Here is something else that makes this contest special: When the album was originally recorded at Chicago Recording Company (CRC Studios) in Chicago Illinois, we filmed a 30 second promo clip on December 3, 2005. This video has never been seen before, and it will be first unveiled for this contest.

Featuring a medley of my arrangements to “Deck The Halls” and “Joy To The World,” I didn’t edit it from the existing album recordings. My rhythm section and I just sat down and recorded the music for the spot as its own new piece, so that is also something everyone will be experiencing for the first time. To complete the video clip, I recently recorded a new voice-over on September 7, 2011 at Thunderclap Recording Studios in Hammond, Indiana.

Here’s the video:

Here are the ways to enter the contest and its rules:
If you want to enter the contest, it is mandatory that you leave a comment on this contest post that features the video. Your comment will count for one entry.

The contest will run from November 15, 2011 through December 1, 2011. The winners will be randomly selected by December 3, 2011, and will be announced as soon as all winners have confirmed their prize. For this contest, each contestant is eligible to only win once.

In addition to the mandatory comment required, here are additional ways for you to enter the contest where you can gain more entries. First, for any of these additional entry options to count, you must leave a comment on this contest post which indicates all of the additional places and ways that you have entered, and the link(s) for your entry/entries to be verified.

Video:
You can leave a comment on any or all of these sites in response to the posted video. Each of these places that you leave a comment on will count for one more entry:

*You Tube: YouTube.com/Skafish YouTube.com/LaBefanaRecords

*Facebook: Facebook.com/SkafishFacebook.com/SkafishHolidayFacebook.com/JimSkafish

*MySpace: MySpace.com/SkafishMySpace.com/LabefanaRecords

*Google+: Google+ SkafishGoogle+ JimSkafishGoogle+ Skafish Holiday  Google+ LaBefanaRecords  

*Twitter: You can post a link to the video and tweet a comment from your Twitter account. You will be able to post the video to Twitter via: YouTube – Vimeo – Ustream – Justin.tv – Twitlens – Twitvid

Follow and Like:
You can Follow and/or Like “Skafish” as indicated below, and each of these options will count for one more entry:

*Faceboook: You can Like these Facebook pages: Facebook.com/SkafishHolidayFacebook.com/Skafish

*Google+: You can Follow me at: Google+SkafishHolidayGoogle+Skafish Google+LaBefanaRecords

*Twitter: You can Follow me at: Twitter.com/SkafishTwitter.com/LaBefanaRecords

Sign up for my newsletter:
You can sign up for my newsletter at any or all of the addresses below, and you will gain one entry by doing so:

*Skafish.com

*SkafishChristmas

*SkafishWhatsThis

*La Befana Records

*829 Records

Embed the Video and write a post about it:
NOTE: THIS ADDITIONAL ENTRY OPTION WILL COUNT FOR FIVE ENTRIES:

*You can embed the video and write a post about it on your website, on your blog, and on your Facebook pages as many times as you wish. By doing so, you will gain a total of five entries.

I am thrilled to be able to offer this contest to all of you, and I deeply appreciate everyone who has bought the CD and the digital album. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to leave a positive review for “Tidings” on such sites as iTunes, Amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and anywhere else you feel moved to. I hope you enjoy the contest, and the best of luck to everyone.

To a fantastic holiday season for all! – Skafish

(FYI, Amazon.com ships to practically every country in the world, but if you’re concerned over whether they would ship to your country or not, you can click here to make sure.)