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December 16, 2016 / robinswood

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2016


From left to right, Bill Charlap, Willie Pickens, Renee Rosnes and Bethany Pickens

One of my favourite moments as Christmas approaches is to see that NPR has posted the audio from the year’s Jazz Piano Christmas concert. It is an annual event held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and it just never fails to satisfy. This year’s concert took place on December 10, and featured twin piano sets by Willie Pickens and his daughter Bethany, and by husband and wife duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. The twin piano approach added new textures to this year’s event, which really gets flying when all four musicians collaborate on their version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”!

I have to say, though, that the Pickens’ version of “O come, O come Emmanuel” is the one that will stay with me. I’m big on the season of Advent, and you just can’t do better than this lovely Advent carol.

To listen to the audio of the concert, just head for the NPR Jazz Piano Christmas post. Happy listening.



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