The Jazz Nativity's 25th Anniversary at BB King's

Dec 23, 2010 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

at BB King's
Thursday, December 23rd, 7:30pm

On Dec. 23rd at 7:30pm “Bending Towards the Light ..A Jazz Nativity” will burst onto the stage at BB King’s for the first time. The 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 be trombonist Steve Turre, trumpeter Warren Vache and tap-dancer Max Pollak. 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. For or and arranged by singer-composer Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, THE JAZZ NATIVITY first premiered in 1985. Since then it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country.

BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT… A JAZZ NATIVITYis directed by Tad and Beth Jones. Music Director is Bob Kindred. Composer, Arranger, Conductor is Anne Phillips. Producer is Kindred Spirits, a not-for-profit organization.

“In Bethlehem in the grotto where Christ was born, a light shines into the darkness. The light is meant to serve as light serves for so many religions and philosophies – as a symbol of truth and love and hope ... hope that even in a dark season, we may begin to see the world bending towards the light."
- Charles Kuralt from The Jazz Nativity

Tickets at $35 - $55 are on sale at Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000
CONTACT: Anne Phillips 212-580-2349 [email protected]

New York


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