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“The New Arts Jazztet Does Christmas” at the Varsity
December 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5 – $10
The New Arts Jazztet will present “The New Arts Jazztet Does Christmas” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the Balcony at The Varsity Center. This performance is the group’s first-ever Christmas show, as well as its annual fall concert.
The show will be the NAJ’s third performance in the renovated Balcony at The Varsity and will feature jazz vocal sensation Eden Atwood. Members of the group say they are eager to play again, especially a Christmas concert, in the historic venue’s Balcony space, which many now consider the premier listening space in Southern Illinois.
The New Arts Jazztet was formed in 1984 among several Southern Illinois University School of Music faculty and has been in residence at the school ever since. Current NAJ members are Dick Kelley, reeds; Bob Allison, trumpet; Isaac Lausell, guitar; Phil Brown, bass; and Jimmy Beers, drums.
Memphis-born, Montana-raised Eden Atwood began singing on stages at the age of three, and has been singing ever since. As a young professional, she relocated to Chicago and was soon headlining the city’s legendary Gold Star Sardine Bar, a gig she held for eight years. In 1993, Atwood was signed by Concord Records, becoming the youngest artist on its roster. Her four recordings on that jazz label all enjoyed critical praise.
“The New Arts Jazztet Does Christmas” program will feature 11 seasonal selections – a few time-honored traditional songs and several familiar popular tunes – in the inimitable NAJ style. There will also be a few wonderful but less well-known numbers, as well as an original, “Visions of Christmas,” by Phil Brown. And there could be a surprise or two. Atwood will lend her considerable vocal talents to more than half of the selections. As always, concertgoers can expect a dynamic performance encompassing a wide variety of jazz styles.
The Christmas show begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Doors open at 6, which is also when the Varsity Bar opens.
- The Varsity
418 S. Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
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