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A Modern Jazz Christmas

Kurt Elling explored both the secular and spiritual side of Christmas on his 2016 Christmas album “The Beautiful Day” (Okeh Records)

Christmastime is here again, so this week on the show, I’ll be celebrating with a few holiday favorites from the jazz world. Instead of featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and other standard-bearers of tinsel and holly, I’ll be looking at a few more recent artists. We’ll hear Christmas standards performed by jazz and traditional pop singers from the current century, including people like Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Gregory Porter, John Legend and more.

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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