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NPR's Jazz Piano Christmas 14
In Concert at the Kennedy Center

View photo gallery Photo Gallery: Matt and the Gang

Pianist Matt Savage

Following on the heels of last year's first-ever live concert broadcast, NPR and the Kennedy Center return for an onstage production. Top jazz keyboard artists -- plus a few class-act vocalists! -- perform their own interpretations of holiday standards.

Artists in the '03 edition include keyboardists Lynne Arriale, Jason Moran, Arturo O'Farrill, 11-year-old sensation Matt Savage, chanteuse Karrin Allyson, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and the new jazz trio, The Bad Plus.

NB: Check your local station for program air times.

WEB EXTRA: Music Selections from the Show

listen "Abre La Puerta/Santamaria"   Arturo O'Farrill

listen "Greensleeves"   Lynne Arriale

listen "Frosty the Snowman"   Matt Savage


  • Jason Moran: "Crown Of Roses" (Tchaikovsky)

  • Matt Savage: "Winter Wonderland" (Bernard/Smith)

  • Arturo O'Farrill: "Abre La Puerta"/"Santa Maria" (Traditional)

  • Jason Moran: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional)

  • Lynne Arriale: "The Christmas Song" (Torme/Wells)

  • Stephon Harris: "A Quiet Place" (Charmichael)

  • Stephon Harris, Karrin Allyson, Danny Embrey: "Snowbound" (Frishberg)

  • The Bad Plus: "Do They Know It's Christmas?"/"Air on a G-String" (Geldof/Bach)

  • Jason Moran, The Bad Plus, Danny Embrey, and Lynne Arriale: "Silent Night" (Mohr/Gruber)

    Related NPR Stories

    View this item Karrin Allyson on her CD Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane

    View this item Lynne Arriale performs at NPR and talks about her music

    View this item The Bad Plus performs at NPR -- watch the video!

    View this item Jason Moran interview

    View this item Award-winning profile of Matt Savage

    Web Resources

  • Karrin Allyson's Web site

  • Lynne Arriale's Web site

  • The Bad Plus Web site

  • Stefon Harris page at Hopper Management

  • Jason Moran's Web site

  • Matt Savage's Web site


  • Music
    Special: The Messiah

    The Handel & Haydn Society performs the holiday classic.

    listen "Christmas is Just Another Day"

    Marcia Ball

    listen "I'm So Glad it's Christmas Eve"

    St. Olaf College Choir

    listen "And We Like Sheep..."

    From Handel's Messiah, by The Handel & Haydn Society.