NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
Top jazz pianists and other favorite artists--including Dr. Billy Taylor, Marcia Ball, Pete Escovedo, Hilton Ruiz, and Dave Samuels--perform jazzy renditions of holiday classics, recorded for broadcast on NPR.
- Fri., Dec. 9, 2005
- Terrace Theater
- Approx. 75 minutes
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Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent, and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.
Pianist Hilton Ruiz, who last appeared at the Kennedy Center as part of the Art Tatum Piano Panorama in January 2003, is the self-proclaimed "original bebop Latin pianist."
A Kennedy Center favorite, vibist Dave Samuels plays in a special duo performance with percussionist Pete Escovedo, a major force in Latin music since the late 1960s.
Just added: a special appearance by pianist and Kennedy Center Advisor for Jazz Dr. Billy Taylor.
News and Reviews
Review – "An Imaginative, Glowing 'Jazz Piano Christmas'"
The Washington Post – Washington, DC (Dec. 12, 2005)