These Christmas Days (self-released)

Jason Paul Curtis

Released in 2017

DownBeat Four-Stars Review




Washington, DC singer/songwriter Jason Paul Curtis makes the season brighter this year with the release of his new and very welcome recording THESE CHRISTMAS DAYS. He is a Frank Sinatra-influenced vocalist and a handsome weaver of romantic words and music. His music is perfectly set off by a Count Basie like big band sound from his Swing Shift and the more intimate sound of his Swinglab combo. Jason has stated, ‘This is something completely new and four years in the making. I wanted to re-imagine the entire Christmas season as a dad, a husband, a romantic and a kid at heart.’

Track Listing:

1. (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag (Dudley Brooks / Hal Stanley / Irving Taylor) 02:48

2. I’ll Feel Christmas (Jason Paul Curtis) 02:42

3. Christmas Breakfast (Jason Paul Curtis) 02:47

4. December Again 03:04

5. I Want Snow (Jason Paul Curtis) 03:42

6. These Christmas Days (Jason Paul Curtis) 04:33

7. Came Winter (Jason Paul Curtis) 03:56

8. Christmas Clear (Jason Paul Curtis) 03:06

9. New Year’s Vacation (Jason Paul Curtis) 02:22

10. The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy Fields / Jerome Kern) 05:17


Jason Paul Curtis: vocals

Isabella Curtis: vocals

Swinglab Combo

Ephriam Wolfolk: bass

Woody Hume: drums

John Albertson: guitar

Ray Mabalot: piano

Dave Schiff: clarinet, flute, alto saxophone

Ray Cadell: flugelhorn

The Swing Shift

Rhythm: Ray Mabalot, Dave Marsh, Jeff Johnson, Matt Trimboli

Saxophone: Bob Houts, David Link, Greg Plush, Jonathan Bell, Tom Anderson

Trombone: Chris Callier, Geoff Cox, Jeff Bonk, Paul Hamilton

Trumpet: Billy Brooks, David Jenkins, Jack Seaver, Mike Barber

Recorded June 2017, at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA

Produced by Jason Paul Curtis and Matt Trimboli

Engineers: Bob Dawson, Mike Monseur and Ken Barnum

Mixed by Ken Barnum and Mike Monseur

Mastered by Mike Monseur

Photography: Aljith Curtis, Odette Curtis


If there’s any justice in Santa’s world, Jason Paul Curtis and These Christmas Days will be appreciated far and wide. A Sinatra-influenced singer-songwriter based in the Washington, D.C., area, he’s got a real feel for the fun or romantic words he’s crafted for eight tuneful originals. Complementing Curtis’ pleasant charisma are a Basie-ish big band called Swing Shift and his combo Swinglab.

Frank-John Hadley (DownBeat)