Wednesday, December 10, 2008

KJZZ Celebrates the Hoildays with Special Programs

NPR Returns to Kennedy Center for Christmas Jazz and Rings in New Year
with Six Hours of Live Music from Coast to Coast

TEMPE, ARIZ. (December 9, 2008) – KJZZ 91.5 FM is broadcasting three exceptional holiday programs including jazz from the Kennedy Center and clubs from across the country along with Tinsel Tales, featuring stories from NPR voices including David Sedaris, to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Highlights are listed below.

Saturday, December 20 9pm Jazz Piano Christmas
This year lots of Latin Jazz onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The lineup includes Brazilian pianist and singer Elaine Elias; Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer Arturo O ‘Farrill and New Orleans’s premier jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis.
Felix Contreras, hosts.

Sunday, December 21 3pm Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites
Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives. David Sedaris, Scott Simon, Bailey White and John Henry Faulk among other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Lynn Neary is the host.

Wednesday, December 31 8pm Toast of the Nation (6 hours live until 2am)
Countdown to 2009 this New Year’s Eve with live jazz from coast to coast. Performers include the New York Voices, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, the Evan Christopher Quartet in New Orleans, Pink Martini, a globe trotting little Orchestra performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Hiromi’s Sonicbloom.

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