The legendary Allen Toussaint.
Four songs not heard on the program including the 'Silent Night' round-robin, a Jazz Piano Christmas tradition.
NPR is on stage again at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for another incarnation of Jazz Piano Christmas. New Orleans keyboard legend Allen Toussaint headlines another stellar program, which mixes established jazz stars with promising newcomers to offer original and unique jazz interpretations of holiday favorites.
This year's show features performances from Toussaint, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Jovino Santos Neto, Nancy King and 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition award winner Tigran Hamasyan. Felix Contreras hosts.
- 'Kings of the Orient' (J.H. Hopkins, Jr.) - Hilton Ruiz
- 'Lo, How a Rose' (Michael Praetorious) - Eric Reed
- 'Christmas Tale' - Tigran Hamasyan
- 'Sleigh Ride' (Leroy Anderson) - Jovino Santos Neto
- 'Boas Festas' (Assis Valente) - Jovino Santos Neto
- 'Winter Wonderland' (Felix Bernard/Richard B. Smith) - Nancy King & Geoffrey Keezer
- 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)' (Mel Torme) - Cedar Walton
- 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' (Edmund Hamilton Sears/Richard Stores Willis) - Cedar Walton
- 'Little Drummer Boy' (Katherine Davis/Henry Onorati/ Harry Simeone) - Allen Toussaint