Content by tag "Christmas"

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bruno’s Christmas Recital Revisited

Bruno’s Christmas Recital Revisited

The pianist Jack Brownlow (1923-2007), known to his friends as Bruno, was a constant correspondent. Over the years, he stayed in touch by letter, postcard, telephone and recordings. At Christmas time he brightened the season for our family with music he taped at the grand piano in the living room of his house in Seattle. Just ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

12 Videos of Christmas

12 Videos of Christmas

Television has always done a blissful job of capturing the warm, kind spirit of the holiday season. Over the decades, twinkly TV specials with popular singers and sugary sets have showered viewers with music and post-card imagery. No matter your background or religion, these shows had a way of reminding everyone that goodness was a universal ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nnenna Freelon & the John Brown Big Band: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Renowned jazz singer Nnenna Freelon's first Christmas album truly is a gift, made possible by a small bequest from her Christmas-loving mother and a long-time friendship with John Brown, director of Duke University's Jazz Studies program and leader of the splendid John Brown Big Band. Brown not only made his ensemble available but co-produced the album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nate Birkey: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This may be the most laid back Christmas album ever. The more typical holiday records bring to mind sleigh-bells, snowmen, parties, families, caroling, mistletoe, chestnuts on an open fire, and fond memories of past holidays. What comes to mind in connection with Nate Birkey: Christmas are dry martinis, The New Yorker magazine, twilights by the ocean, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jennifer Stanley: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It’s a most wonderful disc...

Indiana-native Jennifer Stanley is a jazzy fresh breeze softly blowing in from the heartland. She follows her independently produced debut disc , Where I Want to Be, with a swinging holiday offering. Christmas is a collection of holiday standards presented in a jazz trio/quartet format with and without strings (a standard ...