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  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Celebrates 'Big Band Holidays'

    December 18, 2015

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    Gregory Porter and René Marie perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    To ring in the holiday season, Jazz Night in America spends the hour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as it performs highlights from its extensive holiday songbook. Recorded between 2012 and 2014, the music heard on this episode features appearances by guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter and René Marie, and comes from the concerts that produced the new album Big Band Holidays.

    Jazz Night In America chats with members of the band about their original arrangements and favorite holiday moments. As a bonus, host Christian McBride talks with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about some of his favorite Christmas music, and we look back at some early blues Christmas tunes.

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  • Happy Holidays from WBGO

    December 18, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    On December 24 and 25, WBGO will air holiday music with limited interruption, so you can enjoy the season with the music you love.

    In anticipation, we decided to gather some of great holiday jazz content in one place so you can enjoy it whenever you wish. Bookmark the page, as we will add music as it becomes available.



    courtesy SC Public Radio

    Pink Martini, Photo Credit: Chris Hornbecker
    Pink Martini, Photo Credit: Chris Hornbecker

  • Christian McBride's Christmas Jazz Playlist

    December 17, 2015

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    Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' version of "We Three Kings" goes on Christian McBride's holiday playlist. (Image Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers)

    Maybe you are one of those people who could listen to the umpteenth version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." A jazz bassist and host of Jazz Night In America, Christian McBride has a soft spot for the holiday music time forgot.

    "I'm at a point where I like to find the most obscure Christmas music I can find," McBride says. "I mean, I was hoping that Sun Ra had done a Christmas album, because I would play that in the house. I probably would get kicked out of the house, but I would play that."

    McBride recently spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about some of his favorite picks, jazz and otherwise.

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  • Jazz At Lincoln Center's Big Band Holidays Concert

    December 14, 2015

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    Vocalist Audrey Shakir will join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this year's holiday show. Her son, saxophonist Walter Blanding, is a long-time Orchestra member. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    When the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to the newly renovated Rose Theater, it'll bring one of its most popular traditions: its annual concerts of holiday music. The Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, will present new arrangements of favorite seasonal songs with guest vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir.

    NPR Music will stream a live performance of the JLCO's Big Band Holidays concert on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

    Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

  • WBGO's Favorite Snow Songs: Listen Now

    January 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO keeps you warm all blizzard long! Listen to our announcers' favorite snow songs, and more to keep you feeling as light as a snowflake on Jazz 88.3 FM - the jazz source. - Steve Williams, WBGO interim program director

    SNOWFALL - CLAUDE THORNHILL

    Music Director Gary Walker tipped us to "Snowfall," which pianist Claude Thornhill wrote as a theme song for his popular big band in 1941:

    SNOWFALL - AHMAD JAMAL

    Sunday Night Music Mix host Eulis Cathey offers us a different, but equally entrancing, version of Snowfall, as recorded by pianist Ahmad Jamal at Chicago's Alhambra nightclub in 1961:

    I'VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM -
    ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

    Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton offers us the home-for-the-holidays warmth of Ella and Louis' version of Irving Berlin's classic, recorded for their 1957 album Ella and Louis Again.

    SNOWBOUND - SARAH VAUGHAN

    We'll be feeling "Snowbound" for a while, and Singers Unlimited and Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne loves Sarah Vaughan's version of this song about two lovers, recorded in 1962 with the Don Costa Orchestra: