Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Christmas Time Is Here
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of bandleader/arranger Vance Thompson, pulls out all the stops on this smooth and swinging disc of holiday standards, which will fit nicely next to A Charlie Brown Christmas and Christmas With the Rat Pack in anybody’s seasonal CD collection. There aren’t any surprises here—only “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Russian Dance,” from The Nutcracker, push the boundaries of KJO’s big-band repertoire. The performances by KJO regulars and guest vocalist Jill Andrews are national-class, and as warm and cozy as the songs the players interpret. The disc is planned for wide release in 2012, but a limited run will be available at KJO’s annual A Swingin’ Christmas concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 20, or at knoxjazz.org/christmascd.