Disney Jazz

This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network, but the opinions are entirely my own.

I grew up with Disney, as I’m sure you all did too. I remember the gigantic Goofy puzzle I hid beneath the chair in my Pop-pop’s living room for safekeeping and played with during every single visit. I remember the trip to Walt Disney World; I think that was the first time I experienced awe. I remember dancing to Jungle Book music with my sister over and over. I remember my Mickey Mouse shirt (now vintage) that I wore threadbare. I remember the movies that not only entertained me for hours and hours but also heightened my imagination and belief in magic in the world. (Yes, even as an adult, a few of those movies still rank as favorites.) And I remember the music — oh, the music!

Ali and I are taking the girls to Disney World in 2020, which I’m super psyched for, but I couldn’t wait any longer to introduce Story to the magic. My family and I are taking her to Disney World for a new year celebration and exploring everything there is to see! So you can imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to review the latest compilation album from Disney Music. And to make it even sweeter, it’s a jazz compilation! Yes, you read that right. Jazz.

I sat down, with coffee in hand, to listen to snippets of the tracks. I planned to play it in the background as I continued with my work. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I found myself kicked back with my legs propped up and crossed feet bouncing to the beat. The first track got me right away, but it was Melody Gardot’s “He’s a Tramp” that ensured my procrastination with work. And then I came upon my all-time favorite Disney song, “Once Upon a Dream.” I immediately downloaded the whole album and hit repeat.

Jazz Loves Disney is the name of the album, and if you find yourself ever humming Disney songs (or have children who do), this is a must-have. This goes beyond the toe-tapping songs we’re used to. These are songs that you will want to play while sipping a glass of wine alone in the house with no kids in sight. You know the words already, but they are set to sultry and soulful music that forces you to sway to the beat. Trust me, you will want this to be your kids’ new favorite album. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out this lineup:

1.  Jamie Cullum – “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” – from The Aristocatsdisney-jazz

2.  Melody Gardot – “He’s A Tramp” – from Lady And The Tramp

3.  Stacey Kent – “Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo” (French version) – from Cinderella

4.  Gregory Porter – “When You Wish Upon A Star” – from Pinocchio  

5.  China Moses – “Why Don’t You Do Right” – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

6.  Raphaël Gualazzi – “I Wanna Be Like You” – from The Jungle Book

7.  The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” – from Cinderella

8.  Hugh Coltman – “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – from Toy Story

9.  Anne Sila – “Let It Go” – from Frozen

10.  Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – “The Bare Necessities” – from The Jungle Book

11.  Laika – “Once Upon A Dream” – from Sleeping Beauty

12.  Nikki Yanofsky -“Someday My Prince Will Come” – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)

Preorder the album through Amazon or iTunes and gain a renewed appreciation for Disney! As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts!