What Judy Garland Gave You for Christmas

by Brian Arsenault It’s on one of those Christmas song CDs I can’t find any more in a collection that is more like the bottom of an avalanche. Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Not the version when the song was introduced in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. Judy… Read More What Judy Garland Gave You for Christmas

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Live Musical Theatre: “Guys & Dolls” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Through December 20

By Jane Rosenberg Entering into the gambler’s paradise that is Guys & Dolls, with its beloved songs, is like sinking into a warm bath: comforting and rejuvenating all at once. In a pared down version by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mary Zimmerman and happily ensconced at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing… Read More Live Musical Theatre: “Guys & Dolls” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Through December 20

Live Music for the Holidays: The Manhattan Transfer at Walt Disney Concert Hall

By James DeFrances As Janis Siegel sang “the sun is shining, the grass is green, there’s never been quite a day in Beverly Hills LA” (the verse to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”) it became apparent that the Manhattan Transfer singers are just as comfortable in LA as they are back home in New York. Walt… Read More Live Music for the Holidays: The Manhattan Transfer at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Christmas CD Review: Jennifer Leitham’s “Future Christmas”

By Devon Wendell A truly daunting task for any jazz musician is to create a Christmas album that both swings for the jazz lovers and appeals to a mainstream audience. If anyone can pull off this feat with ease, intelligence, and originality, it’s Jennifer Leitham and her dynamic trio, consisting of Andy Langham on piano,… Read More Christmas CD Review: Jennifer Leitham’s “Future Christmas”

Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson

Of Spirits Bright  By Brian Arsenault The feast of Holiday music this year is as abundant as Tiny Tim’s Christmas table. After Scrooge woke up and saw the light, of course. Here are four shining stars to guide us home to Christmas. Tim Warfield Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas (Undaunted Music) Tim and a whole bunch… Read More Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson

CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”

TriBeCaStan New Songs From the Old Country (Evergreene Music) By Brian Arsenault I’m a bit late getting to this gem and it is one. A rare gem that perhaps could only come out of New York — especially the “TriangleBelowCanalSt.” — where there is as much diversity as just about anywhere in the world. Diversity… Read More CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”