This is the seventh annual jazz nativity performance in St. Louis with the Oikos Ensemble. It’s one of my most favorite playing opportunities of the year. Christmas is such a magical time and seasonal carols lend themselves to cool jazz interpretation. It’s always a treat to see audiences experiencing the Christmas story through jazz and the arts. Re-imagining the Christmas message has taken many different forms through the years and the jazz nativity stage has featured actors, dancers, poets and visual artists.
Performing with me will be my friends Kim Fuller (vocalist), Tim Osiek (trumpet), Carolbeth True (piano), Glen Smith (bass) and Dave True (drums). This year’s guest artist is photographer Phil Shoulberg. His vibrant images will accompany our jazz carols and storytelling by the Logos Readers Theatre. Local choristers will also perform with the band. As always, the performance is free and open to all. A free-will offering will benefit Every Child’s Hope.
Join us for another year of great jazz, stellar art and inspirational storytelling.