George Burton

pianist - composer - arranger - educator

Group 5        Quintet        Holiday

"George Burton represents what many of Jazz's most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary...unable to be contained." — Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

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George's holiday show features a genre-defying rhythm section, complemented by a string trio featuring virtuosic violinist Diane Monroe, and sultry melodies from jazz vocalist Nancy Harms. The harmonic and rhythmic exchange between this stellar lineup will find listeners singing and swinging right along.

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With innovative original arrangements of holiday standards such as "Christmas Time is Here," "The Holly and the Ivy," and a hip take on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," among lesser-known catalogue classics such as the rhythmic "Fum-Fum-Fum," "Little Altar Boy," and "Some Children See Him," the group combines the best of holiday spirit with nostalgia, while also invigorating with swing and groove. As George explains, “I've always thought holiday music was much bigger than how we are used to hearing it. I have heard so many versions of holiday music that makes it commercial--losing the depth and feeling of the music itself and consequently, the feeling of the holidays themselves. It's a time when families get together and stories of the year are told. I wanted to bring back the majesty of that feeling and not make it a 'jazz' project. It's a blending of all of those musical styles to just get that feeling back."

Beat the "winter blues" with George Burton's exciting, innovative holiday series!

 

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