KC Jazz swings with ‘Hallelujah Holidays’

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KC Jazz rings in Christmas with lively show

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Everyone who missed KC Jazz Orchestra’s presentation “Hallelujah Holidays” needs to work extra hard to usher in the season. The Jazz Orchestra presents an up-tempo rousing, brassy two hour show of nearly non-stop Christmas music.

The concert, Dec. 7 in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts began with a rousing jazz rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Following that a series of traditional carols and new Christmas music followed. All featured the swing and brassy sound of Jazz.

Songs included: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” Silver Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” “Everybody’s Waiting for the Man with the Bag,” “Silent Night,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” and “This Christmas.”

For this special holiday concert, conductor Clint Ashlock invited local jazz vocalist, Eboni Fondren to join the orchestra for several songs, giving patrons a special added treat to the holiday fare. Fondren, whose voice reminds of a blend between Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, performed the final four selections with the orchestra.

The KC Jazz Orchestra members are: Conductor, Clint Ashlock; David Chael, Bob Long, Doug Talley, Brad Gregory, Mark Cohick, Steve Molloy, Bob Harvey, David Aaberg, Trent Austin, Jeff Hamer, Earlie Braggs, Steve Dekker, Paul Andrew Roberts, Adam Schlozmann, Charles Williams, James Albright, John Kizilarmut, and Sam Wisman.

“Hallelujah Holidays” completed its one-night concert with a rousing, standing ovation from the audience, signaling their approval for the up-beat performance, the spontaneity of the audience to respond loudly at the end of each selected piece. The fresh arrangements made old songs sound new.

Watch for the next performance of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. They presented a dynamic show that lasted just under two hours. Their renditions of traditional music definitely left the audience with a happy Christmas spirit.

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