Band: Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas
Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, with doors at 6 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $50 VIP/$20 general admission/$10 age 10 and under; available through Ticketmaster and venue box office
Since its 1965 TV premiere, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been a holiday tradition passed down through the generations. While its inspirational story resonates with many, Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack with its eclectic piano work is a beautiful memory for one troupe of local musicians.
The Joe Cool Trio has made its annual “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” one of the Azalea City’s obligatory holiday experiences. This group boasts the talents of John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (keyboard) and Chris Severin (bass). The trio’s combined experience and spontaneous chemistry make each performance unique from year to year.
The evening will begin with the Joe Cool Trio performing Guaraldi’s soundtrack from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in its entirety. The trio tends to follow the soundtrack closely, but its impulsive plunge into improv is a highlight of the evening.
After finishing the set, the Joe Cool Trio has another musical gift for the audience. Trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown will join jazz vocalist Eileina Dennis onstage for a “Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald Christmas Tribute.”