“Jazz Piano Christmas XXIV” on “The Evening Concert” on WILL-FM
Tonight on WILL-FM it's a special Evening Concert of holiday programs. It starts at 7:00 with "Jonathan Winters' 'A Christmas Carol'". At 8:00 it's a "Jazz Piano Christmas" and from 9:00 to 11:00 it's "Paul Winter's Solstice Celebration Concert".
Jazz Piano Christmas XXIV
Runs 8:00 - 8:59 PM: It's a Jazz Piano Christmas from NPR Music hosted by Felix Contreras. This year we have another great line-up of top jazz pianists including: Sullivan Fortner...an exciting young artist from New Orleans... Stanley Cowell....an original member of The Health Brothers Band... Afrocuban pioneer Michele Rosewoman...and the silky baritone of Andy Bey. They're going to perform holiday tunes like you've never heard...on a Jazz Piano Christmas, from NPR Music.
Paul Winter's Winter Solsitce Celebration
Runs 9:00 - 10:59 PM: One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Forces of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.
The Winter Solstice Celebration is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the return of the sun, as the Earth begins its rotational cycle back towards summer. Now in its 33rd year, the performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest cathedral, is New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City Christmas.
The Paul Winter Consort musicians are Paul Winter, soprano sax; Paul McCandless, oboe and English horn; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboards; Jamey Haddad, drums; Eliot Wadopian, bass; and Tim Brumfield, pipe organ. The Sextet musicians: Paul Winter, alto sax; Warren Bernhardt, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Marvin Stamm, trumpet; and Howard Johnson, baritone sax.