Band: “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas”
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, with doors at 6 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $10 (10 and under)/$20 (adult)/$50 (VIP), available at the Saenger box office and through Ticketmaster
While Christmas is a time of rich traditions, Mobilians are traditionally untraditional, preferring a fresh approach to the seasoned concept. Thus, the “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” has become one of the Azalea City’s most sacred holiday traditions.
Local musicians Chris Spies, Chris Severin and John Milham — also known as the Joe Cool Trio — have spent the past eight years bringing this Yuletide event to the Saenger stage. As the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” fills the backdrop, Spies, Severin and Milham provide their improvisational take on Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack.
Next, the crowd will receive jazzy season’s greetings from the Crescent City’s Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown. Clarence Brown will also be on hand with his smooth work on the saxophone. Both guests boast experience with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
A portion of the proceeds from “Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” will be donated to the Jake Peavy Foundation. VIP ticket holders will have the chance to meet Peavy as well as take home a poster signed by Peavy as well as the evening’s performers.
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