Dec 11, 2012
The shortest day of the year is upon us next week (December 21st), and there are a number of jazzy fun ways to celebrate.
- I have mentioned in the past the fine site JazzDJ from England, featuring all sorts of funky acid jazz tunes. Last year the DJs who do their postings joined together for a Winter Solstice blowout, and you can find it here.
- Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice concerts in New York are legendary, and this year the concert will be bigger and better than ever. He is riding high on the success of the Count Me In, previously unreleased recordings including the Sextet’s performance in the East Room of the White House on November 19, 1962, which happened to be the first-ever jazz concert at the White House, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Original Sextet members Warren Bernhardt
(piano), Cecil McBee (bass), and Paul Winter (alto and soprano
saxes) will be joined by Marvin Stamm (trumpet), Howard Johnson
(baritone sax), and Jamey Haddad (drums). The reunited Sextet will
be featured in the upcoming Winter Solstice Celebration at New
York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, December 13, 14, and
The Sextet will play music from the new Count Me In anthology, and will also collaborate with African griot singer Abdoulaye Diabate and gospel singer Theresa Thomason. And a climactic convergence in the event with brings the Sextet together with the Paul Winter Consort in a new piece created for this Solstice Celebration.
- On the West Coast, three top Windham Hill artists known for their cross-cultural influences will celebrate the Winter Solstice with an evening of heartfelt, holiday music. Pianist Liz Story, a three-time Grammy nominee, fiddler/pianist/vocalist Barbara Higbie, also a Grammy nominee, and Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne, who is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in traditional folk instruments appear at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA on December 21.