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BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT... A JAZZ NATIVITY, the joyful musical holiday show that warms the hearts of families of all faiths, swings into BB KING'S with the world premiere of the show in Spanish Friday, December 21st at 7:30 pm.
A colorful presentation that delights children and families as well as jazz fans, the JAZZ NATIVITY boasts an all-star band and cast featuring Cuban alto saxophonist, clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, trombonist Steve Turre, Max "Rumba tap" Pollak and trumpeter Ray Vega, as the Three Kings, New York's "singing policeman," Daniel Rodriguez, jazz singer Claudia Acuna as Mary, soprano Brenda Feliciano, as the archangel, singers Mauricio Trejo, Jorge Ocasio and saxophonist David de Jesus as the shepherds and Franshees Richardo as the shepherd girl. Special guests in the grand finale include the great Latin percussionists Candido, Chembo Corniel and Bobby Sanabria, trumpeter Enrique Sanchez, from the Juilliard Jazz Program and pianist, Alex Brown. The vocal group is Shadia Almasri, Elise Hernandez, Bert Dovo and Edwin David Vargas.
Written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, JAZZ NATIVITY first premiered in 1985. Since then, it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country. The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Ms. Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck. The original soundtrack recording features as narrator the late CBS News journalist Charles Kuralt, with Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Benny Powell, Toots Thielemans, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry and many other jazz greats in the band. For information: www.jazznativity.com or www.cdbaby.com.
BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT... A JAZZ NATIVITY is directed by Tad and Beth Jones. Music Director is Bob Kindred. Composer, Arranger, Conductor is Anne Phillips. Producer is Kindred Spirits, a not-for-profit organization.
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