Have a snazzy, jazzy Christmas. Sure it’s not exactly how the old song goes, but maybe it should be. If you’ve had just about enough of the same old radio renditions of Christmas’ Greatest Hits, maybe it’s time to get into the holiday spirit in a new, more soulful, and a little less saccharine kind of way. Leave it to the folks at the Creative Alliance to bring us a holiday event with that perfect blend of quirk and class that calls to us. On Sunday, December 22, you can make their jazzy Christmas concert some of the last carol renditions you’ll hear this year—and certainly some of the best.
For two performances on Sunday, saxophonist Tim Warfield and his band featuring, Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Rodney Whitaker, Clarence Penn, and Joanna Pascale, will play holiday tunes as you’ve never know them before. And they’ll showcase everything from the traditional to the obscure, with a nuanced jazz vocabulary and brilliant improvisation. The program features “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night,” but also includes obscure gems like Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall,” and a Hanukkah song. Warfield’s arrangements are often quirky, clearly unique, and access elements from the blues, swing, Latin, African, and a host of other traditions. As the New York Times said of Warfield’s work, “…an earthy, smoky tone and postbop learning in excellent proportions…..his own saxophone sound is so commanding – even at low volume, in ballad subtleties – that he deserves hearing on his own.” Put that on our Christmas list.
Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas concerts are Sunday, December 22 at 4 and 6:30pm at the Creative Alliance. For more information and tickets, visit www.creativealliance.org.
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