“Isn’t there ANYONE who knows what Christmas is all about???”
“Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please?”
Get into the Christmas spirit and join us once again for a very special evening of music with Jody Nardone and his Trio for their 5th Annual Concert celebrating all the music from Vince Guaraldi’s classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” as well as other Guaraldi classics and holiday favorites.
This show was completely sold out in advance the last two years in a row so don’t hesitate. Get your tickets now!
In 2018 and 2019, Jody Nardone Trio (featuring Nardone on piano and vocals, Jerry Navarro on bass and Chris Brown on drums) performed to a sold out crowd at City Winery Nashville. It was a magical night filled with Christmas spirit and song, and the 2018 show was recorded for a special album gift set that was released last year, Christmas, 2019.
A very special numbered edition gift set, including 2 Audiophile LPs, Compact Disc and Download Card, commemorating the 2018 City Winery show, limited to 500 copies will be available for purchase. Don’t miss this exciting holiday concert event and exclusive opportunity to take home your very own copy of Jody Nardone Trio: “ A Charlie Brown Christmas – A Tribute To Vince Guaraldi Recorded Live In Nashville!”
Pianist Jody Nardone cites Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi as one of his earliest musical influences and favorite jazz artists. Jody and his trio, featuring Jerry Navarro on bass, and Chris Brown on drums will re-create and re-imagine all your favorites from the classic animated 1965 TV special. A true labor of love, Jody and the trio have done their homework and have been performing the material year after year. The trio’s love and knowledge of Guaraldi’s life and work is on full display, not just in the performance of classic tunes such as “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Linus And Lucy” but also in Nardone’s stage banter and the Trio’s presentation of the entire program. Join us for this heartwarming evening of music that is sure to get you in the spirit, so you don’t “end up feeling depressed” and having to pay Lucy another nickel at her psychiatry booth!
Jody Nardone’s music career began at such an early age that he cannot remember a time when he wasn’t playing the piano or singing. Performing since the age of three, music has been his primary passion for much of his life. While still in elementary school, Jody sang at weddings with his dad’s band, lent his voice to radio jingles, did studio work as a background vocalist, and began writing songs, all before entering his teens. Born and raised in New Jersey, it was in junior high school, when Jody began his life long love affair with jazz. Nardone has performed with countless artists such as jazz legends Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Larry Carlton, Dave Valentin and Rufus Reid, as well as Jeff Coffin, Rahsaan Barber, Rod McGaha, Chester Thompson, Annie Sellick and Greg Tardy. Besides his love for Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas, Jody recently contributed background vocals and vocal arrangements to Brian Setzer Orchestra’s latest Christmas classic, 2015’s Rockin’ Rudolph. In 2016, Jody and the Trio performed at the D.C. Jazz Festival, where they shared the bill with world renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling at a standing room only show at The Hamilton Live. Nardone returned to The Hamilton in 2017 for a special solo show opening for R&B legend, Bettye LaVette. The trio’s debut CD, Lights Will Guide You Home was released in 2013 and their highly anticipated live recording, A Charlie Brown Christmas – A Tribute To Vince Guaraldi, was released to glowing reviews in December of 2019.
“Nardone, a veritable keyboard monster, is joined by trio members Jerry Navarro (acoustic bass) and Chris Brown (drums). The lengthy concert includes covers of every track from Guaraldi’s 1965 album, along with additional treats. Although easily capable of replicating Vince’s gentle bossa nova touch — as evidenced by the album’s opening medley of “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Thanksgiving Theme,” and also during “What Child Is This” — Nardone is much more aggressive with his improvisational bridges. He favors ambitious chord structures, whereas Guaraldi leaned toward single-note runs and filigrees. That distinction is key; it makes this album’s listening experience pleasantly familiar, but by no means slavish. Nardone’s improv work is playful during “O Tannenbaum” and “The Charlie Brown Theme,” and his “Christmas Time Is Here” is soft, sweet and lyrical, with a lovely keyboard interlude at the bridge. These early tracks definitely channel Guaraldi, but Nardone’s own style becomes more prominent as the performance proceeds. The shift occurs during the quintessential “Linus and Lucy,” when Nardone makes the second bridge distinctly his own…Other highlights include Nardone’s gentle, achingly sweet solo piano arrangement of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”; his great keyboard runs during the lyrical “Skating”; and the ambitious chord work and tempo shifts during the rock-inflected “Christmas Is Coming.”
Source: City Winery
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