This Christmas story is told in full costume with great jazz players and singers playing the roles of the Shepherds, Kings, Angels and Mary and Joseph. This swinging, joyful holiday show warms the hearts of families and jazz fans of all faiths.
This year's Kings, who present the gift of their talent, will include trombonist Steve Turre, tap-dancer Max Pollak and Warren Vache. The all star band will feature Latin percussionist Candido, trumpeter Lew Soloff, saxophonists Jon Gordon and Bob Kindred and trombonist Art Baron. The role of Mary will be sung by Amy London, that of the Archangel by mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire and a boy soprano from the Newark Boys Chorus School will be the Shepherd Boy. Special guests will include famed trombonist Slide Hampton, saxophonist Frank Wess and Latin Jazz pianist Arturo O'Farrill.
The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck. The original soundtrack recording features as host the late CBS News journalist Charles Kuralt, with Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Benny Powell, Toots Thielemans and many other jazz greats in the band.
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