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A Cool Christmas

Come along for a jazz sleigh ride this week on Night Lights, with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery, and more.

A musical array of holiday night lights.

Snowfalls, sleigh rides, visits from Santa and more holiday happenings abound on Night Lights’ annual jazz tribute to the season. Highlights this year include:

  • Wes Montgomery and his brothers strolling through fellow Hoosier Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall”
  • Musical season’s greetings from singers Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn
  • Pianist Paul Bley announcing the imminent arrival of a certain Mr. Claus
  • The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra serenading the season with a most familiar tune
  • A Kentonian Christmas set, with music from singer June Christy, arranger Pete Rugolo, and Stan Kenton himself
  • Excerpts from Duke Ellington’s The Nutcracker suite
  • Pianists Duke Pearson and Eddie Higgins suggesting a holiday dance and sleigh-ride

For more cool Christmas jazz, check out Paul Horn playing “We Three Kings of Orient Are” (tip of the red Santa hat to Like… Dreamsville):

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