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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2023

December 12th, 2023 in Piano News by | 1 comment

NPR’s traditional season’s celebration ”A Jazz Piano Christmas” was recorded live at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Palm trees and sandy beaches were in the air on a chilly December night.

This year, the annual holiday concert featured an all-Cuban program with veteran Hilario Durán, vocalist/pianist Melvis Santa and former Jazz Piano Christmas young talent, Alfredo Rodríguez.

While now living in different parts of the world, each brought their Cuban roots to a collection of traditional holiday tunes and a couple of other songs that reflected their connections to Afro-Cuban culture and jazz.

From cha-cha-cha’s to ho-ho-ho’s, the whole concert is a holiday treat with a distinct, danceable groove.

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Set list:

Hilario Durán
Medley: “Carol of the Bells” / “What Child is This?”
“O Holy Night”
“O Christmas Tree”

Melvis Santa
“Dibule oñí” (Gilberto Valdés)
“Descarga pa’ Celeste” (Melvis Santa)
“Santa Baby” (Philip Springer, Joan Javits)

Alfredo Rodríguez
“El Güije” (Alfredo Rodríguez)
“Silent Night”
“Jingle Bells”

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  • Mary Kathleeen Stahl says:

    The variations of the Christmas Carols are inspiring

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