You & Me By the Christmas Tree
'The holiday CD for romance and fun!' Krisanthi Pappas - vocals, piano on 5 and 10, drums on 7, original music and lyrics on 5 and 7 Bill Duffy - piano on 1, 4, 6, 7, 12 Steve Skop - bass on 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14 John DiSanto - drums Doug Hammer - piano on 3, 8, 11, 13, 14 Marshall Wood - bass on 2, 8, 9, 13 Andy Solberg - guitar Bill Vint - saxophone and flute BIO of professional career: PERFORMING Based in the Boston-area, Krisanthi is a full-time entertainer playing an average of 150 performances a year at jazz concert series, festivals, resorts, clubs and private events throughout New England and New York City. She has also performed throughout the U.S. and Caribbean and has opened for or shared the stage with such jazz greats as Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, The Yellowjackets, Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne, Kevin Mahogany, Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone as well as pop sensations The B-52s. Krisanthi also plays piano and drums on some of her songs as well as writing her band's musical arrangements. Krisanthi has been the musical director and/or a performer for many benefits including the Faulkner Hospital Breast Center in Boston, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The Relay For Life and others. Her Sister Friends For Life Concert featured herself with other acclaimed singers and many Boston radio personalities from WMJX and KISS 108. NATIONAL AIRPLAY You can hear Krisanthi singing her original music and lyrics on ABC television's "One Life To Live", NBC's "Passions" and HereTV's "The Lair". You can also hear her performing her original song 'One Slow Dance A Day' in the 2008 Mayon Film movie 'Green River' and her song "If I Had Only Known" in the 2008 Lazy Susan Productions film "Tying The Not". Krisanthi's CDs are played on jazz radio stations and programs throughout the Boston area and several states nationwide. SONGWRITING ACCOLADES Krisanthi's song "If I Had Only Known" is featured on the compilation CD distributed to the European subscribers of Jazz Magazine along with a full feature article in the March 2008 issue. Her song 'You and Me By The Christmas Tree' was released December 2007 on a holiday compilation CD by Crescent Music and Media, based out of North Carolina. Krisanthi is the 2006 3rd place Jazz Winner of the prestigious Billboard World Song Contest. She also tied for first place in NYC's Cabaret Hotline 2006 Members' Choice Songwriters' Favorite Song Award for her song 'My Back Yard'. She has continued to receive songwriting awards from the ASCAP Popular Music Awards Panel every year since 1999 for her music and lyrics in jazz, cabaret and pop. Krisanthi's songs are also performed live in her own concerts as well as by many other cabaret and jazz performers in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. RECORDING Krisanthi's newest CD "You and Me by the Christmas Tree", features her jazz and pop arrangements of holiday classics along with two new songs that she wrote. Her other CDs, 'My Back Yard', 'A Centennial Tribute To George and Ira Gershwin' and a live recording of her show, 'Celebratin' Swing', are a mix of her jazzy arrangements of classic songs as well as her heartfelt original songs. Krisanthi's CDs and digital downloads on iTunes, etc. Have been purchased by fans in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Australia, Canada and throughout the U.S. They have received many impressive press reviews and continue to sell thousands of copies, receiving air play and high accolades on radio stations nationwide and in Canada. OTHER In addition to her own band and various jazz combos, Krisanthi is the lead singer for Boston's popular group, 'The John Payne Band'. (John was formerly with Van Morrison, Michael Franks, Bonnie Raitt and others.) Also a proficient pianist, Krisanthi plays solo piano/vocal engagements at New England venues. She is fortunate to spend winters performing solo in the Caribbean. In other areas of musical employment, Krisanthi is the songwriter and singing voice heard on many New England television and radio jingles. As a private instructor of piano, music theory, and vocal performance, she is a member of The National Association for Music Education and The International Association of Jazz Educators. Krisanthi is also a member of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA), the Boston Songwriters Workshop and ASCAP. In other areas of musical enjoyment, Krisanthi likes to play other musical instruments, tap dance and swing dance.