Band: 7th annual Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas
Date: Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $25.50-$32.50 available at the Saenger box office and through Ticketmaster
From Thanksgiving to Fat Tuesday, Mobile’s almost four-month holiday season is filled with a variety of traditions, and the Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas has become one of its most beloved. For the seventh Christmas, a group of seasoned local musicians will come together to provide the Azalea City with an evening of eclectic holiday sounds in the name of charity.
For the seventh installment of this extravaganza, the organizers will dedicate all proceeds to Delta Dogs. This nonprofit “provides health care support and preventative medicine to the pets of Mobile’s community in need.”
The show’s epicenter is the Joe Cool Trio, which features drummer John Milham (Grayson Capps & the Lost Cause Minstrels), Chris Severin (Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas) on bass and Chris Spies (Papa Mali, Kung Fu Mama) on keyboard. Each year the Joe Cool Trio provides a jazzy translation of Vince Guaraldi’s classic score to the holiday TV masterpiece “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” As these three talented artists trip across songs from the soundtrack, scenes from this timeless TV classic are projected behind them.
The Joe Cool Trio always brings along some interesting holiday visitors. This year the audience will enjoy seasonal favorites from two additional musical acts. Siblings Jimmy and Donna Hall (Wet Willie) will bring the Hall Family Christmas to the Saenger stage, and trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and saxophonist Christopher Spies will collaborate on some holiday tunes as well.