This Friday, December 16, 2011, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra will be playing our annual Christmas fundraiser concert for charity. This year we’re raising funds for Mission Children’s Hospital’s “Children In Crisis.” We’re also raising money for the Asheville Jazz Council, who will co-sponsoring the Reagan High School Jazz Festival this April.
For this year’s concert we’re going to feature the music arranged for the Stan Kenton Orchestra’s Christmas album. Ralph Carmichael wrote some incredible arrangements of many familiar holiday pieces, including Angles We Have Heard On High, Once In Royal David’s City, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. We’ll also be sprinkling in a few other Christmas tunes in a big band style, including a couple I’ve written. One brand new one is my just-completed arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter. We’ll also perform again this year a composition I wrote for big band and narrator, based on the poem A Visit From St. Nick.
This concert is free, although we will be collecting donations during the performance. If you’re in Asheville, NC this Friday stop on by Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 PM, listen to a great big band, and help raise money for two good causes.
If you can’t make it and want to hear a little bit about what you’re going to miss, today (Wednesday, December 14, 2011) I’m going to be on WCQS to talk a little bit about the concert and the AJO. You can listen in live just after noon eastern.