2015 Holiday Jazz, Blues & International

Dec 16, 2015

Jazz Piano Christmas XXV

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3pm

NPR Music brings you another great concert from Kennedy Center. Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, and Carmen Staaf perform their favorite holiday songs in a program hosted by Felix Contreras.

Sound Ideas: Yuletide Treats

Friday, Dec. 18 at 11am

Let the kid inside you relive the magic of the season while the adult in you finger pops along the way with jazz interpretations of Christmas and other holiday classics.

A Child is Born: A Spiritual Christmas with Geri Allen Monday, Dec. 21 at 11pm Jazz piano master Geri Allen is featured on multiple keyboard instruments with spoken word and voice, performing soul stirring renditions of Christmas classics.

¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

Friday, Dec. 18 at 3pm

Features festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond.

A Sound Spectrum Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10pm

Jazz and World Beat selections for the holidays from the Public Radio 90 library. This year's program includes Harry Connick Jr., Joel Mabus, Tingstad & Rumbel, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Art Carney reading a swingin' rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and more.

House of Blue Lights: Irreverent Images of Santa

Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11pm

Host Bill Hart looks at the other side of the holidays, especially the big man, himself.

Butch Thompson Christmas

Monday, Dec. 21 at 10pm

Butch Thompson’s Jazz Originals Holiday Concert features an exciting repertoire of New Orleans music ranging from 1920s style classics to blues to spirituals. A trumpet-playing Santa Claus even makes an appearance.

Night Studio Christmas

Friday, Dec. 25 at 10pm

Join host Hans Ahlstrom for some jazzy Christmas tunes from our Public Radio 90 music library.

Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule

Friday, Dec. 25 at 11pm

Host Jim Cullum and the Band welcome an all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer to the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood.

A Very Blues Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 26 at 11pm

Holiday Blues from the Public Radio 90 Blues library. This year's edition features Fats Waller & his Rhythm, Charles Brown, Detroit Jr., The Insight (with Johnny and Edgar Winter), B.B. King and more.

A Celtic Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 27 at 10pm

This holiday special features Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley and his charming tale “Parcel from America,” music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

All program air times are Eastern Standard Time and are 1 hour long unless otherwise noted.