Lionel and The Swingers - Cancel Christmas - Cole Creative Services

Not your typical Christmas record, Cancel Christmas is at once, funny, satirical, heartfelt and sad. The blues & gospel serve as a foundation the band digs into. Surprisingly tender at moments, the band and Lionel take us on a holiday journey, laughing our tears out with joy! It starts with our hero G-ma grumpily awakened by strange noises in the dead of night. She breaches the stairs to her favorite tune “Cancel Christmas” blasting from her new boombox. To her mild surprise she finds a “Big Boy” in velvet trespassing drunkenly in her house… listen for the rest of the story!

Lionel and The Swingers Club - With Love - Cole Creative Services

With Love, the newest release from Lionel Cole and the Swingers, encapsulates the best of the swingy, velvety sound of the great Cole family, featuring many original arrangements from Lionel, adapted to the era and genre. All the great songs of the Jazz age as well as the Pop and Soul music of the day that changed his life. All played with a Jazz sensibility and that signature Cole flair for arrangement. Cole states, “I remember sitting under my father’s knees as he and the fella’s were swinging away in the living room, maybe five years old, knowing that is what I want to do with my life. Talk to other people with my mind. You see watching those masters change form and tempo without a look or gesture. Knowing what song they were playing with one note from my dad’s piano, that was magic to me. This record is about bringing you to that space hearing our take on that magic. We take on dad and his brother’s arrangements – re imagined and offer up some new twists for all of the music lovers out there. It’s one of the four last albums mastered at Capital Recording Studios mastering. It sits in the very halls in the house that Nat Built. Please accept my invitation and my loving tribute to my family that changed the whole wide world… With Love.