New Orleans Holiday Concert In a concert at the Howlin' Wolf club, New Orleans musicians celebrate the holidays. Lars Edegran's New Orleans Jazz Band, Don Vappie's Creole Jazz Serenaders, Ellis Marsalis, and singers John Boutte and Topsy Chapman all take part in the holiday cheer.

New Orleans Holiday Concert

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Set List

  • Santa Claus Revelers
  • "At the Jazz Band Ball"
  • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
  • "O Christmas Tree"
  • Creole Jazz Serenaders
  • "Sali Dame"
  • "Please Come Home for Christmas"
  • "Too Fat for the Chimney"
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
  • John Boutte
  • "Louisiana, 1927"
  • "White Christmas"
  • Topsy Chapman
  • "What a Little Moonlight Can Do"
  • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

New Orleans Holiday Concert on JazzSet

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Rhonda Hamilton sits in as guest host for Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Since Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans musicians have been on the road, but you can still find live music in the Crescent City. In a concert presented by Putamayo World Music, New Orleans celebrates the holidays at the Howlin' Wolf on South Peters St.

Lars Edegran's New Orleans Jazz Band is also known as the Santa Claus Revelers. In 1966, Swedish pianist Edegran moved to Louisiana. 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, and now he's 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. He doesn't copy; he reinvents, and to Vappie, that process is in the creative tradition of this historically musical region.

Part of the proceeds from this show benefited 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, as well as a longtime performer and 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 music.

Topsy Chapman grew up with 15 siblings, singing in a rural Baptist church. She's been on Broadway in One Mo Time and toured worldwide with the New Orleans musical warmth that's so hard to define, but easy to feel.


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

The Creole Jazz Serenaders are Ray Moore and Alonzo Bowens (saxophones), Bobby Campo and Grant Harris (trumpets), David Torkanowsky (piano), Mark Brooks (bass), Bernard Johnson (drums), and leader Don Vappie (banjo, vocals).


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.

Our technical director is Duke Markos, our producer is Becca Pulliam, and our executive producer is Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.

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