'Tis the season to be jazzed, so let’s celebrate the season with great music!
Tonight’s rich serving of holiday jazz starts at 8 PM with Jazz Piano Christmas XXIX:
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner,Michele Rosewoman and more, perform their favorite holiday songs
Cool Yule: A Jazz Spot Special, Volume 12, has arrived and once again, we will share jazzy yuletide carols old and NEW! The holiday jazz treasure chest was officially opened Thanksgiving weekend and its use culminates with our swinging bash of seasonal favorites!
There's so much to celebrate and take stock of this time of year! The Winter Solstice occurs December 21 at 12:11 PM, (EST) marking the official transition to Winter and the shortest day (longest night!) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Some of our most beloved traditions of the season come from the celebration of Yuletide upon the arrival of the Winter Solstice. In ancient times, Yuletide, at or near the time of the winter solstice, was a time of singing, feasting, rejoicing, and merrymaking, with exclamations of "peace on earth and goodwill to men". The exact nature of celebrations varied from place to place and time to time but gift giving and gift givers, decorations, the tree, and a period of peace were all commonly a part of the celebration of light and the return of the sun from the south.
Of course, we must celebrate another year together of sharing this music we love! This year's edition of Cool Yule will continue to explore ancient yuletide carols, traditional tunes, spirit sounds and the good 'ole favorites that will fill your evening and your hearts with Christmas Cheer!!!
Be sure to tune in for NPR Music’s Jazz Piano Christmas at 8 PM and "Cool Yule: A Jazz Spot Special" at 9 PM on your GPB Radio Station, mobile device or on our website! You'll be swinging for sure!
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Shine your light with others during the holiday season and throughout the year...and as you do that, please remain inspired by jazz music and culture, everyday! Wishing you bright moments, peace and the happiest holidays ever!!!