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All that Jazz - Kid's Version

Jazz-Playground-CoverChristian P. is our randomly selected winner of the 5-title Putumayo CD collection. Thanks everyone for your entries! Putumayo Kids just released what's destined to be your kid's new favorite: Jazz Playground. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz and will get the whole family grooving. (Read on for a chance to win some Putumayo CDs.) I've loved their Playground series since my daughter was young and would play a CD over and over and over again. We quickly realized that Putumayo CDs pleased her as well as us! It turns out that Dan Storper, founder of Putumayo, had that exact plan in mind:
With our children's series, my professional goals and responsibilities as a father of a 4-year-old son seem to merge. I'm always looking for songs that William will love and, despite playing scores of time, won't drive my wife and me crazy. Jazz Playground is filled with lots of loveable, jazzy songs that are great fun for kids but which parents not only can bear but may even press the replay button for themselves. One of the songs, Cumbamba, by Cuban-American, Jose Conde, was recorded especially for this CD after I'd heard a scratchy, early version that I thought would sound nice if re-recorded. The cross-cultural collaborations and tasteful versions of children's favorites like Sing a Song of Sixpence, Mary Had a Little Lamb and the Spiderman theme song make this a one of kind musical journey that the whole family can appreciate.
Want a taste? Try this track from Oran Etkin for Little Lamb Jam. Note: you can simply listen online using the player below, or you can "right click" to download the mp3 file.

Jazz-Playground Want more? Pick up Jazz Playground, now available in our stores. Bebop, swing and all that jazz: cool tunes for global kids! Want to win? By March 16th, enter a comment letting us know what CD you or your kids listen to incessantly, and we'll choose a random winner to receive a 5-title Putumayo package - a little something for everyone.

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Cathryn says …

We love Sandra Boynton's "Dog Train" CD. It really rocks - especially the title song, "Don't Give Me That Broccoli" & "Cow Planet". Moo, moo, moo...quack, quack! In addition, we like Beatles - especially "Yellow Submarine" - & the B-52s. Funny story: My son likes to sing when he's getting his hair cut. Last time, he was singing some kid fare ("Chim-chiminey", "A You're Adorable", etc.) - and then broke out into "Roam" (from the B-52s) and "Brick House". I've done my job! ;-)

Cathy E. says …

My twin 4 year olds LOVE Steve Songs (Mr. Steve from PBS). We listen to all his cds in the car.

amanda says …

we've listened to a lot over the years.. the kids are swayed by what's popular, but always come back to the beastie boys, zero 7, los lobos and the red hot chili peppers. i try to fit in some classical, johnny cash and world music, too. we have a lot of putumayo cd's and they have been a great source of world music: latin jazz, afro cuban, celtic dreamland, world reggae, and of course the classic world playground! they are all outstanding.

Angela Faust says …

It's been John Lithgow's The Sunny Side of the Street for weeks now!

Andrea de Yaquian says …

I'm trying to teach my kids to love a variety of music, but jazz is my passion. One we listen to over and over again is The Buena Vista Social Club. The kids really love De Camino a la Vereda. They're ages 2 and 5. (And they even watched the movie with me recently.)

Kristen Fitzgerald says …

Well, it changes alot, she used to love Hi-5, then Laurie Berkner...now it is soundtracks! The current favorite is Disney's Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. Over and over, lol! But it is great music! I have heard of the Putamayo cds & would love to win Thanks for the chance.

Lyza says …

My daughter listens to all of Elizabeth Mitchell's CD's on a playlist. She loves Milkshake and Putamayo.

Sam says …

I listen to the Folk for kids...almost more than I do with my 2 1/2 year old son! We have become huge fans of all the individual artists, especially Dan Zanes. Also, I think it's Sing Along with Putamayo, is stuck on repeat. Bling Blang is now said to be "Mama's Jam!"

Fanci Sue Gentry-Morales says …

We cannot let one day go by, without listening to, "Putomayo's World Reggae CD"!

Jody says …

We have no little ones, but if we did we would listen to the Putumayo Caribbean Playground. Especially "Coconut Woman" Good stuff!

Christina says …

Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner. We are listening to it RIGHT NOW, and we will be (I can guarantee it) for nearly every waking moment of my child's life until she finds something else. We love the Putamayo kids, my favorite is the French Playground, but they all offer something wonderful. Also, we LOVE Jack Johnson & friends' Curious George album- especially after meeting him a few months at LegoLand- what a nice guy!

Kari G. says …

We started noticing songs that our son would totally jam out to, so we started the 'Kaeden's Faves' playlist. We throw that on and he's dancing and singing like crazy (list includes such faves as Vampire Weekend, Beirut, Sting, Cloud Cult, Feist, etc).

Vanessa Hernandez says …

My kids listen to anything Disney..they sing along to the soundtracks for Cinderella,Snow White,The Jungle Book and their favorite right now is Toy Story's "U Got a Friend in Me"....It always simmers them down...

Andrea B says …

My son and I love For The Kids. He loves the kids cute kids songs and I love that they are song by some of my favorite artists.

Courtney Crowell says …

Jack Johnson: Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies For The Film Curious George. "The 3 R's" is a favorite. And, they are liking Mommy's favorite '80's music on Sirius/XM's First Wave (channel 22) station.

Amy Nosek says …

We listen to a lot of music in our house and have a ton of favorites...Jack Johnson, Elizabeth Mitchell, 23 Skidoo, Gustafer Yellowgold...to name a few from our kids music collection. The one my son is just starting to get into right now and really groovin to is They Might Be Giants - Here Come the 1,2,3's. My husband and I definitely prefer kids music that we can stand to listen to as well so it gets the whole family moving!

Marci says …

When my son was younger we started with both World Playground CDs. Now we love the Paris and French Cafe CDs. He also listens to the Asian Dreamland CD almost nightly to fall asleep. They are all so wonderful!! Can't have enough!

Christian Pickup says …

Putumayo's "Sesame Playground" gets an enormously inordinant amount of airtime, as do Harry Connick Jr.'s "Songs I Heard" and Los Lobs' "Los Lobos Goes Disney". We have a few of Putumayo's Playground discs, and the whole family enjoys them, as we do with the other Putumayo CDs we have. Putumayo never disappoints.

Jerry & Brendon says …

The opportunity to ponder what CD we listen to most felt daunting and brought me to investigate further by looking in the CD cabinet to find, "Putumayo Presents-The Best Of World Music" on top. I bought it in 1994 the year my son was born, we've listened and danced to it incessantly to this day, what great memories. Love You Putumayo

Jerry & Brendon says …

The opportunity to ponder what CD we listen to most felt daunting and brought me to investigate further by looking in the CD cabinet, to find, "Putumayo Presents-The Best Of World Music" on top. I bought it in 1994 the year my son was born, we've listened and danced to it incessantly to this day, what great memories. Love You Putumayo

Dacia says …

My daughter loves the Baby Loves Salsa CD. She enjoys dancing to it!

Amber Sherrill says …

My 1 1/2 year old little boy loves They Might Be Giants - Here Comes The ABCs and Here Comes the 123s.

claudia says …

My girls love "the best of disney princess." it is all the songs from the movies and broadway shows. That and the "barbie and the Diamond Castle" soundtrack.

samantha says …

My 8yr old will listen to about anything, she loves jazz, classical, rock, and a whole host of other things but right now she is listening to Winters Solstice V - Wyndam Hill Artists as her bedtime music.

Jill says …

Our son's favorite bedtime album is Iron & Wine's Around the Well!

Melanie Rapp says …

Jessica Harper's "Inside Out" CD is awesome! The upbeat sons keep my daughter singing al day long. Her other CDs are wonderful too. My favorite song is "Shout the Happiness".

Donna-Lee says …

We like to listen to Putumayo's Picnic Playground while we cook.

Gail Martinez says …

I purchased Putumayo Jazz Playground for my niece Milayah,and when we visit we love to dance and play bongos. It's easy to lose time,the music takes us away. I decided to purchase a second cd for when my daughter has her little one(Im still waiting) but I know this too will bring hours of fun. Cool Groove!

Alexis hoffman says …

My daughter will be 5 in April. She loves country music and when she was in the womb would bounce and be really happy to hear Born to Boogie by hank jr. She still loves County, but has such a wide variety in music. But Her current fave has to be Asheba's no more monkey's...When she hears that song she runs, jumps, and flips through out the house. She is so high energy that after listening to that song a few times she has had a great work out. I just love though when she gets moving to music and has a great time.

Sonya Swartzentruber says …

We love Jazz for Kids!

Kristie says …

My son listens to the Veggie Tales "Oh Christmas Tree" every night! I need some new music that he likes to stop the Christmas music!!!

D D Schmitz Carlton says …

Billy Jonas - What Kind of Cat are You?

Vivian says …

Here Come The ABCs by They Might Be Giants

Majda says …

My 4 year old daughter loves listening to Alicia Keys' new album. She even knows most of her songs. I love Alicia too. She is so talented.

Paul D says …

Any of SteveSongs CD's. Right now it Music Time with SteveSongs - Volume One. We took our kids to a show and now anytime he's in the area we have to go.

Michelle Foeller says …

My 3 year old twins love all kind of music, specially if they can dance to it. The daily requests are: Bule Bule by Music Makers and Symphony no5 by Bethoven. Other favorites are The Laurie Berkner Band and They Must be Giants. I forgot to introduce them to Jazz..... That CD sounds awesome.

KM says …

We love, love, love Elizabeth Mitchell's You Are My Sunshine CD. All of the Putamayo CD's are awesome; just recently checked out Asian Playground from the library and it's great!

Tami M says …

My kids (and me, too!) love, love, love Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection. It gets us all singing along.

Kristi says …

My kids love the Madagascar 2 soundtrack. Such fun songs to dance to. We have lots of dance parties!

claudio bauza says …

my kids and I have a lot of music in the car but one of our favorite CDs is from Paco de Lucia, a modern Flamenco guitar player. I joke around with them about getting a job playing bass in their band.

Marianne says …

My kids and I are in love with the soundtrack from Where The Wild Things Are.

Donna says …

Curious George Movie soundtrack with Jack Johnson

Amanda Campbell says …

My little one and I love all the Putumayo CD's that we have, but the most listened to one is the Afrian Drumming. But we make a point to play a real variety of music - Classical to Led Zepplin.

Chuck says …

When our daughter was a newborn she would fall asleep to various live recording we have of Jack Johnson...something about his soft voice and beautiful acoustic guitar soothed her like nothing else. She's now 4 and we have a 2 year old son who both love Jack's Curious George soundtrack. Other favorites are Garcia and Grisman, the Beatles, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seegar and CSN. More recently, they are loving the song "Backwards Down the Number Line" by Phish. And it's a family tradition to listen to Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" after Thanksgiving dinner. Love watching my kids sing and dance so free and purely to the same music that I love. We'll have to check out Jazz Playground. Also, much love to Whole Foods Mount Washington, MD store for supporting WTMD's (Baltimore's listener-supported public radio station) fund drive with free lunch for it's volunteers this week. Rock-on WFM!

nancy says …

I get to spend lots of quality time with my grandkids. I play CD's when I'm driving to keep us all calm and relaxed. Their favorite CD is Bruce Springsteen's "The Seeger Sessions" especially the tracks "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" and "Old Dan Tucker".

Katie says …

We love Veggie Tales and Jessica Harper and Barenaked Ladies and Ralph's World right now - glad to have a 6-disc changer in the car!!

Jonny Rodgers says …

European Playground is our current favourite, but all the Playgrounds are fab.

Jennifer says …

My daughter loves Raffi. Pretty much anything by Raffi. She does have one Putumayo that she's also a big fan of though.

Hayley Weemaes says …

My Daughter can't get enough of The Wiggles "Hot Potato" CD. She loves doing the actions, especially the Quack, Quack song!!!

Sarah says …

I would love to have one of your CDs for my son, who is almost 3. He is a wonderful, musical child. He's always playing with his guitar and other instruments and loves to dance. We are a multicultural family and would love to have some multicultural music to dance together with. Many nights we break out the music and have family free style dance time. It's great together time, fun, and we get some exercise too. I think this CD would be perfect for that use. We thought Little Lamb Jam was great fun. Thanks.

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