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Putumayo Holiday Concert from New Orleans

With Guest Host Rhonda Hamilton

Lars Edegran's New Orleans Jazz Band is also known as the Santa Claus Revelers. In 1966 Swedish pianist Lars Edegran moved to Louisiana where he worked in the Tulane University jazz archive, and played weekly at the Palm Court Café. In 2002, Edegran began a two-year run on Broadway as Musical Director of One Mo Time. He is now back in New Orleans.

Don Vappie brings the banjo up front in the Creole Jazz Serenaders. For the joyful repertoire, Vappie digs into the early New Orleans archives. Don doesn't copy; he reinvents, and to Don, that process is in the creative tradition of this historically musical region.

Part of the proceeds from this show will benefit the new Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village, where the Center for Music is to be named for pianist Ellis Marsalis. Ellis is father of musicians Branford, Wynton and Delfeayo, and a long-time performer and estimable teacher in New Orleans.

Singer John Boutte's Louisiana family goes back seven generations. But he says it was in Korea, while in the Army, that he discovered the power of his music. Topsy Chapman grew up with 15 siblings, singing in a rural Baptist church. She has performed on Broadway in One Mo Time and has toured worldwide, with the New Orleans musical warmth that is so hard to define, but easy to feel.

Putumayo is the specialty label that collects popular roots music from many corners of the world, including Mali, Brazil and the Caribbean, and from places closer to home, Louisiana.


The Lars Edegran New Orleans Jazz Band:
Evan Christopher, clarinet
Duke Heitger, trumpet
Fredrick Lonzo, trombone
Nobu Ozaki, bass
Frank Oxley, drums
Lars Edegran, piano

The Creole Jazz Serenaders
Ray Moore, saxophone
Alonzo Bowens, saxophone
Bobby Campo, trumpet
Grant Harris, trumpet
David Torkanowsky, piano
Mark Brooks, bass
Bernard Johnson. drums
Don Vappie, banjo and voice


From The Revelers:
At the Jazz Band Ball
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
O Christmas Tree

From The Serenaders:
Sali Dame
Please Come Home for Christmas
Too Fat for the Chimney

From Ellis Marsalis:
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

From John Boutte:
Louisiana, 1927
White Christmas

From Topsy Chapman:
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Thanks to Dan Storper and Alyssa Wilcox of Putumayo World Music; George Ingmire for selecting the music for JazzSet; Michael Paz, Rick Naiser and Tet Kondo of Festival Recording Studios.

Copyright 2007 NPR