A Jazz Piano Christmas 2022, live from the Kennedy Center This year's edition of A Jazz Piano Christmas concert features José André, Bob Thompson and Hiromi.

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2022, live from the Kennedy Center

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2022, live from the Kennedy Center

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Pianist and composer Hiromi performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. Jati Lindsay/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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Pianist and composer Hiromi performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C..

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There was a lot of love in the air when NPR's annual A Jazz Piano Christmas concert and live taping took place this past weekend, Dec. 3, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. After more than two years of pandemic and lockdowns, audiences have been eager to get out and experience live music again and this event showed that plainly.

The holiday spirit was kicked off by 17-year-old José André, followed by Bob Thompson, house pianist for the NPR radio show Mountain Stage, and was capped off with the spirited playing of mononymous Japanese composer Hiromi.

At the end of the evening, we were left with a soundtrack for thoughtful introspection as well communal celebration — which are the very reasons this annual NPR tradition exists. Enjoy.

SET LIST

José André

  • Christmas Medley, ("Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow", "O Christmas Tree", "The First Noel"

Bob Thompson

  • "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"
  • "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
  • "March Of The Magi"

Hiromi

  • "Whiteout" (Hiromi)
  • "The Christmas Song"
  • "Mr. C.C." (Hiromi)

Web extra: José André

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  • "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"
  • "Silent Night"