UPDATE: "Scarecrow Sessions" has been submitted to the Recording Academy for consideration in the following categories. #7 Best Traditional Pop Record, #32 Best Jazz Vocal and #63 Best Arrangement, instruments and vocals (If I Only Had A Brain). Voting members may request their copy by emailing us here kiki@kikiebsen.com

 

Scarecrow Sessions

by Kiki Ebsen

Scarecrow Sessions is a collection of jazz standards taken from her father’s early movies and musical productions. Song selections include “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Moon River,” “Laura” and “Easy to Love.” The booklet includes some of Kiki’s personal notes about his career, such as the true story behind his involvement in The Wizard of Oz. (Buddy was originally cast as the Scarecrow, hence the name of the record.)

She recorded on the East Coast (where her dad’s career started) with an all-star band including bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Chuck Loeb. The album was produced and arranged by David Mann, a veteran saxophonist of the New York City jazz scene.

Kiki is best known as a singer/songwriter, with five previously released albums. Scarecrow Sessions is her first jazz recording and here she explains her inspiration:

“Shirley Temple’s recent passing reminded me that our time is limited. We are losing iconic talents many of us grew up with. By recording these songs I hope not only to honor my father’s memory and his love of jazz, but to create a musical statement that is truly my own, connecting his past to my present in a way that will no doubt leave me forever changed.”

“When she sings, the power of her vocals conveying the lyrics is mesmerizing... Basically she was born to be on stage, somewhere, anywhere, everywhere.”
Dawn Lee Wakefield - Examiner.com 3/24/14
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  1. 1 Buy [Info] You Don't Know What Love Is 04:43
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  2. 2 Buy [Info] If I Only Had A Brain 05:39
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  3. 3 Buy [Info] Missing You 02:58
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  4. 4 Buy [Info] Moon River 04:11
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  5. 5 Buy [Info] Comes Love 03:00
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  6. 6 Buy [Info] Tea For Two 03:09
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  7. 7 Buy [Info] Codfish Ball 02:01
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  8. 8 Buy [Info] Laura 04:13
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  9. 9 Buy [Info] Easy To Love 02:43
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  10. 10 Buy [Info] Prelude 00:48
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  11. 11 Buy [Info] St Louis Blues 04:54
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  12. 12 Buy [Info] Over The Rainbow 04:27
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Announcing the nationwide release of "Scarecrow Sessions" ! 

On the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, I am proud to announce the release of Scarecrow Sessions in September to audiences across the nation. We kick it off in this month with the release of "If I Only Had A Brain" to smooth jazz radio. This clever version of the infamous song from the Wizard of Oz features Chuck Loeb on guitar and David Mann on sax. Later this month jazz radio will get a taste of the album in it's entirety. August 15th I'll headline the Festival of the Artis in Laguna Beach and then I'll be spending the last two weeks of August in Scotland on tour with more dates around the US being added this fall. Here is a complete list of dates. If you are interested in having me come to your town, please email me here.
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  • Robbie Wise

    Robbie Wise not at Bonnaroo but in TN

    My god just got the scarecrow cd and it is the best recording of the last 25 years. thank you and come and play the Ryman if you ever come down south.
    My god just got the scarecrow cd and it is the best recording of the last 25 years. thank you and come and play the Ryman if you ever come down south.
  • Dave Pruitt

    Dave Pruitt Springfield, IL

    Hi Kiki - I first heard you perform many years ago, (late 90's, with CC, at a Street Celebration in Decatur, IL), and in between shows you visited with my wife and I about Music. (We both were Music Educators, retired in 2011). You were awesome then, and listening to your new work, still carrying the dream of making the world a better place through music. You might remember us because you told us your name, and I said "Ebsen, spelled like "Jed C"? Buddy Ebsen?", and you never even eluded to the fact who Dad was! (We got home, read all your credits with "Chicago", and then found out "who" Dad was!) After watching your video clips, and listening to some of the songs on this CD, you are taking care of some childhood "growing" pains many of us endured through our early years. (In viewing the clips on the making of this CD) Your words and music show the beautiful healing that is going on....sometime it takes years. Being a jazz educator for years, I just love the sound, and the arranging of your originals. Keep spreading the gospel of "good" music to as many young kids as you can, and keep the great tunes coming for us older (@60) folks! P.S. Love horses too! Such a great thing you are doing there also. Come back to the Midwest sometime....It will cool off by fall!
    Hi Kiki - I first heard you perform many years ago, (late 90's, with CC, at a Street Celebration in Decatur, IL), and in between shows you visited with my wife and I about Music. (We both were Music Educators, retired in 2011). You were awesome then, and listening to your new work, still carrying the dream of making the world a better place through music.
    You might remember us because you told us your name, and I said "Ebsen, spelled like "Jed C"? Buddy Ebsen?", and you never even eluded to the fact who Dad was! (We got home, read all your credits with "Chicago", and then found out "who" Dad was!) After watching your video clips, and listening to some of the songs on this CD, you are taking care of some childhood "growing" pains many of us endured through our early years. (In viewing the clips on the making of this CD) Your words and music show the beautiful healing that is going on....sometime it takes years. Being a jazz educator for years, I just love the sound, and the arranging of your originals. Keep spreading the gospel of "good" music to as many young kids as you can, and keep the great tunes coming for us older (@60) folks! P.S. Love horses too! Such a great thing you are doing there also. Come back to the Midwest sometime....It will cool off by fall!
  • Curtis D

    Curtis D Phoenix AZ

    Hello Kiki. I was able to see CC and you in Las Vegas on November 16th and wanted to thank you for an amazing performance. I sat just to your right on the front row, and it looked like you were having a really good time. I was hoping that you would have performed "I Will Take You Forever" as I think it is such a beautiful song. I hope in the near future that CC and you and the band will come to Phoenix or Tucson or anywhere in Arizona, for that matter, so that I can catch your show again. Thanks again to you and CC and the rest of the band for putting on an amazing show!!!
    Hello Kiki. I was able to see CC and you in Las Vegas on November 16th and wanted to thank you for an amazing performance. I sat just to your right on the front row, and it looked like you were having a really good time. I was hoping that you would have performed "I Will Take You Forever" as I think it is such a beautiful song. I hope in the near future that CC and you and the band will come to Phoenix or Tucson or anywhere in Arizona, for that matter, so that I can catch your show again. Thanks again to you and CC and the rest of the band for putting on an amazing show!!!
  • luis rodriguez

    luis rodriguez Uruguay

    Hi Kiki, I knew you for your performances with Christopher Cross. Now , I have been listening to your songs as a soloist and I find them simply great. I have been pop music fan since I was 14(now I´m 53).I am an English teacher (ESL) When I was a teenager, I never dreamed that I would get to see those artists in public. And Christopher Cross is one of them. In fact I went to one of your concerts, the one held at Asuncion, Paraguay two or three years ago.It was great!!!
    Hi Kiki,
    I knew you for your performances with Christopher Cross. Now , I have been listening to your songs as a soloist and I find them simply great.
    I have been pop music fan since I was 14(now I´m 53).I am an English teacher (ESL)
    When I was a teenager, I never dreamed that I would get to see those artists in public. And Christopher Cross is one of them. In fact I went to one of your concerts, the one held at Asuncion, Paraguay two or three years ago.It was great!!!
  • Dawayne Bailey

    Dawayne Bailey Los Angeles

    Keek - you're funny - you're pretty - you're amazing - I love you and it was much big fun being on the road with you!!
    Keek - you're funny - you're pretty - you're amazing - I love you and it was much big fun being on the road with you!!
  • Jim

    Jim Quincy, CA.

    I remember you from way back when we were in a small band in Agoura. I'm not amazed that you became a very accomplished musician, I knew it was in you! Best to you all. Jim R.
    I remember you from way back when we were in a small band in Agoura. I'm not amazed that you became a very accomplished musician, I knew it was in you! Best to you all. Jim R.
  • Tommaso

    Tommaso Italy

    Hello Kiki...saw you in concert with Christopher Cross in Padova last sunday and to me your keyboard playing and vocals were some of the highlights of the show. Been following your career since your Red cd...quality stuff! Thanks for the music!
    Hello Kiki...saw you in concert with Christopher Cross in Padova last sunday and to me your keyboard playing and vocals were some of the highlights of the show. Been following your career since your Red cd...quality stuff! Thanks for the music!
  • Gigliola

    Gigliola Italy

    I had a great time at the concert in Forlì yesterday, you, Christopher Cross and the whole band were really great! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me after the show. Have a good time tonight in Milan. See you tomorrow night in Padova for another show!
    I had a great time at the concert in Forlì yesterday, you, Christopher Cross and the whole band were really great! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me after the show. Have a good time tonight in Milan. See you tomorrow night in Padova for another show!
  • Egbert

    Egbert Munich

    Hi Kiki, again thank you for that brilliant concert with Christopher Cross and Band here in Munich (Freiheizhalle) on Tuesday!! I really love your voice and keyboard play. And thanx for talking after the concert und signing your cd "the beauty inside"! You maybe remember: I told you I bought "RED" a couple of years ago. And you are right: I loved it, so I love your new album as well, my favourite song at the moment (from hearing it the first time) is "where did my heart go wrong?" Hope to see & hear you on stage again soon! Take care! Egbert
    Hi Kiki, again thank you for that brilliant concert with Christopher Cross and Band here in Munich (Freiheizhalle) on Tuesday!! I really love your voice and keyboard play. And thanx for talking after the concert und signing your cd "the beauty inside"! You maybe remember: I told you I bought "RED" a couple of years ago. And you are right: I loved it, so I love your new album as well, my favourite song at the moment (from hearing it the first time) is "where did my heart go wrong?" Hope to see & hear you on stage again soon! Take care! Egbert
  • Matthias

    Matthias Stuttgart

    Hi Kiki, You and your colleagues were brilliant in Stuttgart.It´s been a great concert with Christopher Cross. Thank you!
    Hi Kiki,

    You and your colleagues were brilliant in Stuttgart.It´s been a great concert with Christopher Cross.
    Thank you!