12/09/09

Hot Holiday Performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center

New Yorkers looking for a spirited holiday performance to attend with family or friends will surely find just that in two Jazz at Lincoln Center events this week: “Red Hot Holiday Stomp” (Dec. 10-12), a New Orleans-style holiday concert, and “Kim Burrell: A Gospel Christmas” (Dec. 11-12).

The annual “Red Hot Holiday Stomp” will be led by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and all performances will take place in the Rose Theater. Directed by Wynton Marsalis in past years, this is Gordon’s second year at the helm. Gordon will be joined by Victor Goines on tenor saxophone, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto saxophone, and Marcus Printup on trumpet, in addition to piano, banjo, baritone saxophone, bass, drums and vocal accompaniment.

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Kim Burrell

“The order of the day is to just have fun,” Gordon said. “The show is about celebrating the holidays in New Orleans style. It is very festive and celebratory.”

Standard holiday tunes will be played, in addition to some New Orleans-style celebration music. Gordon said the festive mood starts onstage, where the musicians will often incorporate singing and stepping into their performance. Marching up the aisles while playing instruments would also not be out of the ordinary.

A Georgia-native, Gordon said the concert is a great chance for many fellow musicians to come together and play as a group around the holidays.

“It is a lot of fun because I get to play with musicians I am familiar with,” Gordon said. “If people want to enjoy some holiday music and have a good time, they should come and check out the show.”

Four shows are set for “Red Hot Holiday Stomp” in the Rose Theater; Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $120. A limited number of $10 “Hot Seats” are available to the general public on Wednesday at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office.

Kim Burrell, a Houston, Texas-based musician whose style is categorized as “jazz gospel,” will be joined by an extensive ensemble, including six background vocalists and a 13-piece orchestra, for a Christmas-themed performance in the Allen Room. Her show is set to include such classics as “Little Drummer Boy,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Silent Night.” Burrell will perform on Dec. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $55 or $65 tickets are available.

Tickets for all shows are available for purchase at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or on the JALC Web site.

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