The Cartoon Christmas Trio!
The Cartoon Christmas Trio celebrates 25 years as the original interpreter of classic holiday cartoon jazz! The trio was started in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson for the sole purpose of playing music from classic Christmas cartoons, especially the music of Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the "Peanuts" soundtracks. Since it’s inception, the trio has played hundreds of shows including live appearances on NBC, ABC, Fox, and NPR. The trio was also honored to perform in Philadelphia’s premiere music venue, The Kimmel Center. In addition, the trio is actively involved in musical outreach and education through an in-school assembly program.
The music of Vince Guaraldi, in particular the soundtrack of the Peanuts Christmas Cartoon, has become one of the best selling Christmas recordings of all time. The trio performs every song from this recording, using the exact instrumentation that Guaraldi originally composed for. In addition to the Peanuts music, the trio plays songs from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer", "Frosty the Snowman", and "The Little Drummer Boy", just to name a few. So when the 63rd version of the Messiah has left you uninspired and you are looking for a fresh alternative, come out at listen to the sounds of the Cartoon Christmas Trio because after all, Christmas Time is here!
Meet the players!
Jeff Knoettner, a product of the Berklee College of Music, is a pianist, composer, and teacher. He has performed in various festivals, including the Melon Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, River Blues Festival, the New York State Blues Festival, Cape May Jazz and Rehoboth Jazz Festivals, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Jeff’s musical proficiency extends to playing the trumpet and organ, composing and arranging. He has performed and recorded with numerous groups, including The Renaissance Quintet, Arpeggio Jazz & Music Ensemble, the Val Ray Experience, Rob Swanson, E. Shawn Qaissaunee, and the Tino Gonzales Band, which has opened for blues legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy,and Charlie Musselwhite.
Philadelphia based drummer Jimmy Coleman has worked with artists of such musical styles as R&B, Jazz, Funk, Pop and Electronica. A native of Indiana, he started playing at the age of 12 and soon after, began jamming in the garage with his childhood buddies. Jimmy attended Indiana University where he studied closely with William L. Roberts and William C. Banfield. While studying drums and percussion, he was a member of Bootsy Collins’ inspired/co-produced band, Shaq. In the late 90’s, Jimmy moved to Philadelphia where he’s currently performing, recording, and teaching. He has recorded and/or toured with John Legend, Siora, Eric Hutchinson, Eddie Bruce and many others.
You can visit Jimmy at www.jimmycoleman.com
Playing bass for over 40 years, Rob has made a name for himself as one of the most versatile working bassists in the Philly metro area. Tripling on Electric, Upright, and Vocals, Rob finds himself in up to 20 different musical configurations on any given month, ranging from straight ahead bebop, groove, world, funk, and rock. Rob has performed at venues across the globe and across the street including The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The Carl Orff Stage at Gasteig in Munich Germany, and The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington. A graduate of the prestigious West Chester School of Music, Rob balances gigging with a bit of teaching to forward the muse that was passed onto him at an early age.
You can visit Rob online at www.robswansonmusic.com