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Playlist: Holiday Music Specials

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Rock 'n' Pop Christmas

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 59:00

In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring seasonal tunes you won't hear anywhere else. FREE TO ALL STATIONS, even those without current PRX memberships.

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This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year is Rock 'n' Pop Xmas--surprising holiday selections from some of the best bands in music history--XTC, The Band, The Kinks, The Beatles and more.
 
*As a special bonus, listeners are invited to download Andy Cirzan's complete holiday compilation for FREE at christmas.soundopinions.org. The mix will only be up until the end of 2013, so get it while the yule log is hot!

The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Party 2013

From Kansas Public Radio | 01:58:00

It's a cool Yule when The Retro Cocktail Hour shakes up another holiday clambake, filled with seasonally-flavored space age pop, bachelor pad swing, crooner classics and tiki tunes.

Logo_250x250_small Time to hang the mistletoe and spike the egg nog!  It's another round of holiday cheer served up by The Retro Cocktail Hour.  This year's party features songs for the season by Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and the king of space age bachelor pad music, Juan Esquivel.  We'll also sample some Yuletide rarities including (We Wanna See) Santa Do the Mambo; music from The Winter Sequence by Leonard Feather and Ralph Burns ("A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer"); Art Carney's bizarre "Santa Claus and the Doodle-Li-Boop"; Project: Pimento's "I Love the Snow"; plus "The Toy Parade", otherwise known as the Leave It To Beaver theme.  

Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

From WNYC | 58:27

An hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook, with rarely heard recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway, and featuring Michael Feinstein performing three holiday favorites.

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Hosted by Michael Feinstein.  An hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook, with rarely heard recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway, and featuring Michael Feinstein performing three holiday favorites. Produced by New York Publc Radio (WNYC).

The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

From WQXR | 58:57

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, "Christmas Time is Here."

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the Canadian Brass made an exclusive New York appearance in The Greene Space for a festive and nostalgic program of holiday music. The event was video webcast on WQXR.org.

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, the program features music by Vince Guaraldi and arrangements by Luther Henderson, including favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more – timeless classics infused with lush and brassy jazz harmonies.

The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's latest album, Christmas Time is Here.

HOB Radio: Blue Christmas

From Ben Manilla | Part of the House of Blues Radio Hour series | 59:01

Yuletide Blues!

Christmasblues_small The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood roasts some chestnuts and plays Blues for Christmas.  Includes music by Gregg Allman, George Thorogood, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Thomas, and many more.

The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn Christmas Party

From Ben Vaughn | Part of the THE MANY MOODS OF BEN VAUGHN series | 58:00

It's Christmas in Parts Unknown, USA! Hear Ben as he digs through the boxes in the Relay Shack and plays a great collection of holiday tunes. James Brown, Dean Martin, The Ventures, Eartha Kitt and more.

Warning: The Singing Dogs might make an appearance before the hour is up.

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Christmas At The Movies

From WQXR | 58:00

The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included.

Wqxr_logo_nofreq_small The Christmas holiday is charged with nostalgia and hope, so a Christmas setting can effectively heighten the emotional power of any film. There have been many Christmas scenes in movies, and host David Garland unwraps some of the accompanying music for them. Holiday favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and The Bishop's Wife are included.

Folk Alley 2013 Christmas Show - Hour ONE

From WKSU | Part of the Folk Alley series | 58:59

Free, weekly program. Available to stations as a one, or two hour show. Folk Alley host Matt Watroba collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

Fa_small_medium_small In Hour 1 of Folk Alley, holiday music from Tim O'Brien, Kate Rusby, Jerry Douglas, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, John McCutcheon, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks and so much more.

Folk Alley 2013 Christmas Show - Hour TWO

From WKSU | Part of the Folk Alley series | 58:59

Free, weekly program. Available to stations as a one, or two hour show. Folk Alley host Matt Watroba collects the best in contemporary and traditional folk, Americana and roots music from the latest releases, classics, exclusive Folk Alley in-studio and live concert recordings. Two new hours each week.

Fa_small_medium_small In Hour 2 of Folk Alley, more Christmas music from Mark O'Connor, the Punch Brothers, Leon Redbone, David Wilcox; a special in-studio performance from Ellis Paul and much more!

Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 2013

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 59:00

Available for FREE to all stations, even if you don't take Sound Opinions weekly!

Music fans and critics love making lists: Top 5 Driving Songs, Top 5 Bass Lines, and so on. But this is the list that really counts: The Best Albums of the Year.
What did 2013 sound like? What are the albums you need to know about? And what records can you safely put under the tree? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give you the answers during this special free hour of Sound Opinions.

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FEATURE:

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present the best albums of 2013. They talk about favorite releases by Savages, Chance the Rapper, Upset and more. Listeners from Willowbrook, IL, Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO call in to share their number one albums.

YOUR SOUND OPINIONS:

At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.

The Christmas Story through Carols Old and New

From Kimberlea Daggy | 59:00

New for 2012! An hour long choral music show telling the Christmas story through familiar and lesser known carols.

Holly_and_ivy_small This hour long choral music show tells the Christmas story through a variety of carols.  They range from medieval music to carols written in the last few decades.  Each set focuses on a different part of the story, from the angels to Mary and the baby, the shepherds and how they spread their joyous message.

Christmastime in New York: The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine

From WQXR | 58:59

The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine performs at the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a program that spans hundreds of years and describes the story of the nativity. The program includes settings of the "O Magnum Mysterium" text by T. L. da Victoria, Morton Lauridsen, and Francis Poulenc; works by Byrd, Biebl, and Hassler; as well as music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, William Byrd and Morten Lauridsen. Kent Tritle, conductor; Nimet Habachy, host.

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Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kent Tritle, director

Gregorian Chant: Veni, veni Emanuel

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Motet O Magnum Mysterium                        

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa O Magnum Mysterium                      


Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612): Verbum caro factum est                                

Franz Biebl (1906-2001): Ave Maria                                                      

Peter Philips (c. 1560-1628): O Beatum et sacrosanctum diem                 

Eric Whitacre (c. 1970): Lux aurumque (2000)                                    

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Four Motets for the Christmas Season         

        I. O magnum mysterium                         

        II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite   

        III. Videntes stellam                      

        IV. Hodie Christus natus est        


William Byrd (1674-1744): Senex puerum portabat [4 voice]                  

Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943): O magnum mysterium                                  

Gregorian Chant: Conditor alme siderum    

The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Santa Soul

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 59:00

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring seasonal tunes you won't hear anywhere else.

Santasoul_small Holiday music maven Andy Cirzan visits Sound Opinions every December to share with Jim and Greg a new collection of unique tunes for the season. From the weird to the wonderful, these are not your standard Christmas carols. By day Andy runs Jam Productions in Chicago. By night he searches through record stores, dustbins and basements to find gems for Sound Opinions and his annual compilation. This edition is called Santa Soul. You'll be treated to holiday soul comps of yesteryear. These are killer Xmas dusties from the '60s and '70s —tracks by well-known artists like James Brown, as well as groovy underground acts. So light up the yule log and let the soul party begin! Cheers from everyone at Sound Opinions!

This special is FREE to ALL STATIONS, including those that don't take Sound Opinions weekly.

*As a special bonus, listeners are invited to download Andy Cirzan's complete holiday compilation for FREE at christmas.soundopinions.org. The mix will only be up until the end of 2012, so get it while it's hot! 

An Operavore Christmas

From WQXR | 57:59

WQXR's Naomi Lewin presents an hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present including Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Joan Sutherland and more.

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Program details:

Traditional: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joan Sutherland, soprano

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Richard Bonynge, conductor

London/Decca  4756153

 

Traditional: The First Noel

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, conductor

Teldec  73135

 

Traditional: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella

Marilyn Horne, mezzo

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Jerold Ottley, conductor

CBS/Sony  63305

 

George Frideric Handel: Messiah: Comfort Ye...Every Valley

Jon Vickers, tenor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Beecham, conductor

Met  212

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Ach, wann wird die Zeit erscheinen?

Gundula Janowitz, soprano; Christa Ludwig, mezzo; Fritz Wunderlich, tenor

Munich Bach Orchestra

Karl Richter, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 427236

 

Hall Johnson: Ride On, King Jesus

Leontyne Price, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Leonard de Paur, conductor

RCA 61867

 

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Abends, will ich schlafen gehn (Evening Hymn)

Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo

Munich Radio Orchestra

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Teldec 22801

 

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Have you seen a child?

Lorna Haywood, soprano; John Dobson, tenor; Curtis Watson, bass; Donald Maxwell, baritone

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

David Syrus, conductor

Jay Records 1303

 

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: Act II

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Lucine Amara, soprano; Jussi Bjoerling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone; John Reardon, baritone; Giorgio Tozzi, bass

RCA Victor Orchestra; RCA Victor Chorus; The Columbus Boychoir

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor

Angel/EMI 56236

 

George Frideric Handel: Joy to the World

Anna Moffo, soprano

Studio Orchestra and Chorus

Met 212

 

Ralph Blaine; Hugh Martin: Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Bryn Terfel, baritone

Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera

Tecwyn Evans, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 1491472

 

Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

The Three Tenors

Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Sony 89131

Wind & Rhythm Christmas Special

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:30

Back in 1946, in the middle of a heat wave in Washington DC, the chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence dreamed up a piece of music that took him a couple of years to complete. Did you know that Leroy Anderson worked at the Pentagon at the end of World War 2? The piece he wrote, Sleigh Bells was written between his service to our country in World War 2 and his recall to active Duty for the Korean War. It was just a short time between the two conflicts, and what do you think he was thinking about?

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

A CHILD IS BORN. A SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS WITH GERI ALLEN.

From Jim Luce | 59:00

A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others.

Screen_shot_2011-11-01_at_2 From Peabody Award Winning Producer Jim Luce, A spiritual celebration of Christmas with jazz pianist Geri Allen and her new recording, A Child is Born, featuring Geri on the Fazioli Piano. Special appearances by Dr. Dwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, Producer Kunle Mwanga, Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens, creator of the "Black Madonna" and others. Jim Luce host.

A Big Band Christmas 2011

From Kansas Public Radio | 59:30

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra performs a feast of swinging Yuletide favorites!

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The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra serves up an hour of exciting big band jazz arrangements of holiday favorites, in this concert at historic Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS. The show includes "Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells" and "The Christmas Song", plus tunes from "A Kenton Christmas". Add guest vocalists David Basse, Sherry Jones and Gabe Harris, and you can't find a more festive performance of holiday music.

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, made up of outstanding musicians from a city known for its jazz tradition, performs concerts throughout the year, plus hosts a summer jazz camp, master classes and scholars program. The band's annual holiday concert is one of the most anticipated of the season!

Holiday Music Specials Hosted by Judy Collins (Series)

Produced by Paul Ingles

In each of these three standalone specials, folk-singing legend Judy Collins guides listeners through a tour around the country to hear from artists who are performing songs to mark the holiday season. Many tell the stories of the songs they've written or chosen to sing.

Most recent piece in this series:

A Holiday Music Tour With Judy Collins (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | Part of the Holiday Music Specials Hosted by Judy Collins series | 58:40

Collins4_small Singing legend Judy Collins headlines an hour-long holiday special featuring musicians from around the country. Performing original songs along with a few holiday favorites, Collins and her guests reflect on the season and tell the stories behind their music. Featured artists include Collins herself, Trout Fishing in America, Steve Earle, Jesse Colin Young, The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Miller, Peter Case, and Lowen + Navarro. Ian Anderson of Jehro Tull makes a guest appearance from London. This program was distributed by NPR in 2004 and is available for the first time to all public radio outlets. It comes with an optional 5:00 content window making it newscast compatible. It includes one 60-second break opportunity midway through program. The performers include: Judy Collins ("Silent Night" and "All On A Wintry Night"); Trout Fishing in America ("I Got A Cheese Log"); Steve Earle and Maria McKee ("Nothing But A Child"); Tish Hinojosa ("Arbolito"); Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull ("Last Man At The Party"); Bill Miller ("I Saw The Star of Bethlehem"): The Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits("Go Tell It On The Mountain"); Peter Case ("Fourth of July/Christmas Rag"); Jesse Colin Young ("Some Children See Him") and Lowen + Navarro ("A Song of Christmas"); The program is a follow-up to the successful specials "Do You Hear What I Hear: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins," and "Peace on Earth: A Holiday Folk Tour with Judy Collins." Both are also available at PRX (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6742) (http://www.prx.org/pieces/6766).

Blue Dimensions A12: A Holiday Show, featuring The Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

A Holiday Show, featuring The Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship

Scruggs_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, a holiday show, including new music from sax player and band leader Will Scruggs and his Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship. Their new album is called "Song Of Simeon: A Christmas Journey," and we'll hear several tracks from it. We also have holiday music from pianists Jay McShann and Ramsey Lewis, and a special greeting and song recorded in 1950 from Little Esther and the Johnny Otis Orchestra with Mel Walker. We'll hear from "Frosty The Bluesman," aka Michael Powers, who draws on many musical styles and we've got "Blue Christmas" without Elvis, or any singer actually - - and also, the sacred steel family band, The Campbell Brothers will be roasting some chestnuts on an open fire (and we'll share a little good news about chestnuts too!), in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

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Austin Music Unlimited Holiday Special - 'Home for the Holidays'

From KUT | 55:15

An hour of rare, exclusive and fun seasonal music from deep in the heart of you-know-where!

Holidaytruck_small Willie Nelson, Kelly Willis, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Asleep at the Wheel, Ruthie Foster, the Rev. Horton Heat and many more are among the featured artists in this hour-long seasonal music showcase.  There are inventive reworkings of some holiday classics, surprising originals, and exclusive live music recorded in KUT's legendary 'Studio 1A'.  Hosted by David Brown of KUT's Texas Music Matters with minimal interruption. This program has been modified to suit broadcast over any station without need for local 'set-up' or explanation; just press play.  Accommodates newscasts; includes two built-in instrumental beds for local underwriting and announcements.   Happy Holidays and warm wishes from all of us at KUT Austin!

A '40s Radio Christmas

From KBYU | 59:05

Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940s ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies. All of them contained a generous portion of music from swing to sentimental to religious.

Prxlogoholiday_small Christmas programs on the radio in the 1940's ranged from variety shows, to dramas, to comedies... all of them, containing a generous portion of music, from swing to, sentimental, to religious. The decade of the 40's represents three distinct periods... continued recovery from the depression, America's entry into World War Two, and the beginning of the cold war. This was the last decade before the advent of television, and many radio performers of the 40's became household names to early television viewers. Produced by Wes Sims, "A 40's Radio Christmas" is the 2008 Gold Award winner for Best Radio Program, from the Utah Broadcasters Association.

An Elizabethan Christmas w/ the Rose Ensemble

From Thomas Crann | 58:14

The Rose Ensemble brings the time of the Tudors to life. Splendor, tension and intrigue, all reflected in the dark and light of tender carols, and soaring anthems. A fresh holiday program that captures the essence of the reign Elizabeth I.

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Grand candlelit halls, lavish feasts, and stately dances. Escape to the regal elegance of the Elizabethan era. The time and culture of Elizabeth I also contained tension and intrigue; dark and light. And it’s all evident in the music of their Christmas celebrations.    

The Rose Ensemble’s captures all of that in their popular holiday concert, as they reawaken the ancient with An Elizabethan Christmas. Add it to your holiday lineup, and treat your listeners to medieval carols, and motets and anthems by the beloved English Renaissance composers, Robert Parsons, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons, accompanied by lute and viola da gamba. In a couple of pieces, The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests Voces8, the vibrant young a capella group from London, for a glorious soaring sound.

In this one-hour special, you’ll hear stratospheric soprano lines, surprising harmonies, spirited poetry, and tender carols. And a brand new setting of a Tudor-era carol text by acclaimed composer Abbie Betinis. 

Captured live in concert, An Elizabethan Christmas with the Rose Ensemble is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann with artistic director Jordan Sramek. 

  • Total time = 58:17
  • 1 optional mid-point break opportunity for ID or underwriting  

music rundown: 

15th century carol:  Ecce, quod natura (3:40)

15th century carol:  Hail Mary, full of grace  (3:52)

Parsons:  Ave Maria (featuring Voces8) (4:30)

Mundy: Magnificat (6:37)

Ravenscroft: Remember, O thou man (2:45) 

  • optional :03 break for local annct. 

Byrd: Sing Joyfully (featuring Voces8) (3:30)

Amner: O ye little flock/Fear not (5:35)

anon 15th century:  Lullay, lollow, lully (3:00)

Gibbons: See, See, the Word is incarnate (7:00)

Abbie Betinis (b. 1980): In this Tyme of Chrstmas (2006) (5:18)  

 

Would You Believe: Jews who wrote Christmas songs

From Allen Secher | 58:47

12 of the 25 ASCAP most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews. "Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be.

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Would You Believe!: Jews who wrote Christmas Songs 58:47

 The ASCAP list of the 25 most popular Christmas songs includes 12 written by Jews. Billboard has similar findings. Overall, there are at least 22 Christmas songs written by Jews. Beyond Irving Berlin's well-known song, "White Christmas," the tally includes: "The Christmas Song," "Rudolph," "The Christmas Waltz," "Santa Baby," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," and even "Mistletoe" (as sung by Justin Bieber).

"Would You Believe" includes songs and biographical material and an exploration of how the phenomenon came - and continues - to be. The program is hosted by Allen Secher, whose lifetime of radio experience includes, most recently, "You Must Remember This," a regular feature on Montana Public Radio that explores the Great American Songbook. Secher also has a solid Judaic background 

VoiceBox: Sing Merrily On High

From VoiceBox | 58:59

Ken Malucelli, a carol composer and the director of The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, a nationally-franchised caroling group, and jazz musician / Christmas music aficionado Tim Lewis, chat about how to write and perform heartwarming winter holiday songs.

Photo__16__small Ken Malucelli, a carol composer and the director of The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, a nationally-franchised caroling group, and jazz musician / Christmas music aficionado Tim Lewis, chat about how to write and perform heartwarming winter holiday songs.

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

From Thomas Crann | 58:30

A rhythmic and regal retelling of the Christmas story. The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with sacred songs and lively dances for the season from Renaissance Spain.

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The acclaimed Rose Ensemble is back again for another one hour special for the holiday season. This year, the Twin Cities early music ensemble presents a program that is both rhythmic and regal; Spanish song and dance to celebrate Christmas Eve, La Nochebena. 

In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp. Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.

Now in its 16th season, the Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient for the holidays.  Bring your listeners this rich variety of seasonal music, beautifully performed and recorded.  The Rose Ensemble will transport them to a time and place when the sacred met the earthy in celebration of the season.   

The program is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann and the Rose Ensemble’s founder & artistic director Jordan Sramek. 
 

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

~ RUNNING ORDER ~

Francisco GUERRERO
(c. 1528-1599): Laudate Dominum de caelis 
Anon. Breviarium Gothicum (1502): Digamos Ave Maria
Cristóbal de MORALES: (1500?-1553) Missus est Gabriel

Anon.
(late 16th c.- early 17th c.) En Belén están mis Amores
Francisco GUERRERO (c. 1528-1599): Niño Dios d’amor herido

Diego ORTIZ: (c. 1510-1570) Recercada Segunda (instrumental)
Pedro de ESCOBAR: (c. 1465 - post 1535) Virgen bendita sin par

-- optional break @ 34:06 --
 

Juan García de ZÉSPEDES:
Convidando está la noche (from the Rose Ensemble Celebremos el Niño CD)

Anon.
(15th c. Cancionero Musical de la Colombina): ¡Qué bonito Niño chiquito!
Anon. (late 16th c. - early 17th c.): Angeles del zielo

Anon.
(15th c. Cancionero Musical del Palacio): Rey a quien reyes adoran  
Juan Gutiérrez de PADILLA: (c. 1590-1664): Las estreyas se ríen 

 

A Very Hipster Christmas

From Mike Flanagan | 58:57

Dear Santa, I am so cool. This year I need the hippest music on the planet. Here's hoping the mainstream doesn't flow all the way to the North Pole!

Family-christmas2_copy_small The current wave of hipsters have probably been around since the late 90s.  They lead a fairly harmless existance, darlings of coffee shops, independent record stores, and nearly new vintage clothing stores.  Want an opinion?  Look no further than your favorite hipster.  And, it's only natural that this cooler-than-thou mindset would echo the mantra big time when it comes to the most colorful, most commercial, most dominating force of the winter holidays.  A VERY HIPSTER CHRISTMAS is one sick hour of the post shoegaze modern holiday genre tunes, guaranteed to brighten your season and put you a few 180 gram vinyl tracks ahead of the rest.  Many of the bands you haven't heard of, of course!  I mean, that's the point isn't it?  Turn you on to something new so you can turn somebody else on, like your favorite snowman sounds on Facebook before he melts into something that is so three months ago.

¡Vamos a Belén! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

From Peter Carlson | 58:00

The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a free one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico.

Rose_ensemble_2011_formalindoor_4prx_small The acclaimed Rose Ensemble returns with a free one-hour special featuring festive and evocative music from early Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and beyond. Colonial Latin America was a melting pot of ethnic diversity, when newcomers wrestled with local traditions, and cultural conflict was often reconciled through musical collaboration. Dances from the streets of Mother Spain mingle with African rhythms and indigenous languages, while celebration turns glorious in the pageantry of the Franciscan missions of California and New Mexico. The Rose Ensemble is joined by special guests, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

Take your listeners along as we “dance our way to Bethlehem”! Add ¡Vamos a Belen! Christmas with The Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule. Available to stations via Content Depot and PRX November 15. For more information, contact info@roseensemble.org.

“The feel of a rambunctious street festival in La Paz or La Plata back in the days when the Spaniards had fairly freshly arrived…The singers were in high spirits and fine voice, and… the music shone a brightly hued light upon the music of the Mexican baroque and its Bolivian cousins…”

Saint Paul Pioneer Press

A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

From Thomas Crann | 58:39

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

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A Mexican Baroque Christmas with The Rose Ensemble

"Because of the beauty of the music, the variety of the voices, the liveliness of the personalities and the improvisatory support of gentle instruments, the performance was engaging from beginning to end." 
-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer 

Add A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble to your holiday schedule, and your listeners will get a vibrant retelling of the Christmas story with some ancient music that sounds fresh and new today. Mexico in the 17th century was a time of great cultural and musical diversity. Those cross-currents produced church music that was infused with indigenous rhythms and dances. That colorful music is the centerpiece of this gorgeous and engaging Christmas special by the internationally-acclaimed Rose Ensemble. 

This holiday program features over two centuries of festive Christmas dances and songs from the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City. With rich instrumental and percussive accompaniment, solos and choruses burst forth in this program that's a far cry from the same old Christmas show. Plus a couple of surprises for the season in this one hour production.  The music is all rhythmic and tuneful and totally appealing.

Hosted by public radio veteran Tom Crann, with the Rose Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Jordan Sramek, It’s A Mexican Baroque Christmas with the Rose Ensemble.  Add this hour of beautifully performed fresh sounds for the season to your station’s holiday line-up.

complete music listings:  

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Deus in Adiutorium (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD:  Celebremos el Niño)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Atención, atención

Fray Gerónimo Gonzles: Serenissima una Noche   

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: A siolo flasiquiyo

William Tans’ur:  The Old Angels Hymn/St. Luke’s Tune/Kimbolton Tune (from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: And Glory Shone Around)

from live performance: 

Antonio de Salazar:  Tarara tarara qui yo soy Anton
Sebastián Durón:  Al Dormir el sol

Fabien Ximeno Perez: Ay ay galeguinos.

Juan Garcia de Zéspedes: Convivando esta la Noche

Sergei Khvoshchinsky: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia (The Russian Ave Maria from The Rose Ensemble’s CD: Fire of the Soul

A Big Band Christmas 2012

From Kansas Public Radio | 59:00

The holiday season swings with Big Band Christmas 2012, a concert by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.

Big-band_ss200x169_small Make the holidays merry and bright with this swinging Yuletide concert by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. In a city known for jazz, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra features some of the city's finest jazz musicians. The orchestra's annual Christmas concert features a bounty of seasonal favorites, done in sparkling big band arrangements. This year's show includes standards like The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride and The Christmas Song, plus a dash of KC blues in the Santa Claus Blues, along with Donny Hathaway's This Time of Year. Joining the orchestra are vocalists Ron Gutierrez and David Basse. Recorded live at historic Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS.

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow: Jazz and American Popular Song series | 59:01

An hour-long program of holiday music from Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American Popular Song...

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We're celebrating Christmas, bearing musical gifts from Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American Popular Song.  Plus, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Julie London, Al Cobine join in the musical celebration, as well.

'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 58:57

From Leontyne Price to Kate and Anna McGarrigle, the Ronettes to Middle Eastern music…

Harp_small Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock n' roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. A poet, an ethnomusicologist, a conductor, and a vocalist share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule

From PVP Media | Part of the Rivewalk Jazz series | 59:00

An all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer take the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood.

Lane_small It?s December. The days are short. And with everything to do to get ready for the holidays, they seem even shorter. Never mind. It?s time for hearth and home, and sitting by the fire with family and friends. It?s a time of 'peace on earth' even as we scramble to cross one more item off our to-do lists. Thank goodness, it is also a time for musical traditions that keep a holiday mood in the air. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, it's Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule as Jim Cullum and the Band welcome an all-star cast of legendary jazz players, outstanding vocal artists and one outrageous tap dancer to the stage of The Landing to interpret carols and holiday classics in a jazz band mood. Using his dancing feet as a percussion instrument, tap sensation Savion Glover joins cornetist Jim Cullum and drummer Eddie Torres on a highly original jazz interpretation of the holiday classic, ?The Little Drummer Boy.? A Tony Award-winning performer, Glover changed the way people think about tap with his hit, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, and his star turn 'standing in' for the animated Penguin hero in the motion picture Happy Feet. Over the years, Savion has continued his creative experiment in dance, tapping to musical forms from hip-hop and jazz to classical compositions. Our Hot Jazz for a Cool Yule Holiday Special captures a bevy of jazz legends in a holiday mood: Champion of trumpet and flugelhorn and veteran of Ellington and Basie Bands, Clark Terry offers a luscious rendition of ?The Christmas Song? (You can almost catch the scent of 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire'.) Milt "The Judge" Hinton, a legend of the jazz bass fiddle, holds forth with a genial stroll through ?Winter Wonderland.? Dick Hyman once again proves he is the 'Fred Astaire of the Keyboards' as he joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on a high-energy romp through "Jingle Bells Swing". Bechet protegee and soprano sax genius Bob Wilber sails through a playful interpretation of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", making young and old believe once more in the jolly fat man. Broadway's Carol Woods sings ?Santa Baby?, vamping it up in a sultry Eartha Kitt style. Piano man John Sheridan sets sugar plum fairies in perpetual motion, and gets a standing ovation for his original "Nutcracker Rag". Providing the perfect tree-trimming, mood-lifting sound track for holiday magic, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings through classic carols, including "We Three Kings", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Joy to the World". All in all, it is a very Cool Yule.

THE SPANISH HOUR: SPANISH AND CATALAN TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MUSIC

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:31

Traditional Spanish and Catalan carols, plus a Mallorcan Christmas Eve tradition, and a Christmas Tableau by Joaquín Rodrigo. Also from The Spanish Hour: Sacred Music from Span and Mexico.

Retablo-de-la-seo1_small We'll hear José Carreras and Maria del Mar Bonet sing traditional Catalan carols and sacred music. plus Joaquíin Rodrigo's charming holiday classic for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra, Retablo de Navidad (A Christmas Tableau.)

A Cool Christmas

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz series | 59:02

An hour-long program of classic jazz. Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more...

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Santas_sleigh_lights_small It's "A Cool Christmas" as we usher in the holiday with a jazz tribute.  Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more.  Also featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Higgins, and Duke Pearson.

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From Bob Ephlin | Part of the Eddie's Attic Presents series | 59:01

This is hour long radio show features live recordings of holiday music from accomplished and aspiring performing songwriters - all performed at Eddie's Attic in Decatur Georgia, with voice over provided by Attic founder Eddie Owen.

Believersradio_small This particular show features songwriters The Burn Sisters, Lowen & Navarro, Chuck Brodsky, Kate Campbell, Billy Pilgrim, John McCutcheon, Uncle Green, Eliza Gilkyson, Ellis Paul, Matthew Kahler, Tommy Rivers, Lynn Miles, Pierce Pettis, Michelle Malone, and Uncle Mark Reynolds.

The Fireside Afterglow

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow: Jazz and American Popular Song series | 59:00

An hour-long, laidback, seasonal program of jazz and popular song, featuring music that evokes love, reflection, and peace and the warm moods of winter--a sort of secular musical Yule-log offering. Perfect for any time in December, and especially for the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The_fireplace-rs_small "The Fireside Afterglow" provides a laidback seasonal theme, featuring music that evokes love, reflection, and peace and the warm moods of winter--a sort of secular musical Yule-log offering.  Performers include Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Norah Jones, and Louis Armstrong, doing songs such as "Violets for Your Furs," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Peace," and "Snowbound."  Perfect for any time in December, and especially for the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Professor Mikey's Chill Christmas

From Mike Flanagan | 59:30

Professor Mikey's annual holiday mixtape is a CHILL theme this year, with music from all genres providing a soundtrack for peace and fun.

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Professor Mikey's mixtapes are more than iTune shuffles and random cut and pastes.  The mood, the music, the order, the artists, the theme, all of this comes into play in these intricate but fun sound collages.  Forget genres and formats.  As Dizzy Gillespie once told Professor Mikey, "There are two kinds of music.  Good music and bad music."

This year's holiday mix offers a "Chill Christmas."  The music is not completely mellow, in fact it rocks here and there, but the mood is one of calm and serenity at this, the craziest, coldest time of the year.  Professor Mikey also explores the evolution of the word chill, how it came about in the time of Thomas Beckett, but then how it evolved so that in the era of Ronald Reagan it had come to mean relaxation.

Sit back, relax, have a hang out attack.  Musically, there's a lot of artists who don't make the corporate Christmas shows, people like Department of Eagles, St. Etienne, and Ursula 1000.  Tradition isn't completely lost, there's a great non-holiday holiday song from Neil Young, and Neko Case gives a personal read on "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" that puts a whole other spin on chill, what happens when a spirit is down on its luck at the happiest time of the year.

Te recipe wouldn't be complete without snippets from other songs, old radio shows, TV transmissions, and even a Bible verse that's been blessed by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.  The result is a timeless and different holiday show, guaranteed to warm the heart, cool the brain, and calm the season.

 

 

Soul Christmas!

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 55:39

Here are some great soul and R&B holiday winter classics. You will hear Christmas tunes from James Brown, Otis Reading, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and more.

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Christmas would not be Christmas without The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, Otis Redding, The Jackson Five, The Ronettes, James Brown, Issac Hayes and others. Deck the halls! It’s Christmas Time and it’s time for Soul and a happy good time.

Seasons Greetings let’s have a very Soul Christmas


Jingle Bell Jazz

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 53:59

Ho Ho Ho! Start out your holiday with fun Christmas Jazz Classics. They are all here in one solid hour. This musical holiday program includes: "Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Little Drummer Boy" plus others. Jingle Bell Jazz all the way today on Jazztime.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

We will jingle all the way today with classic holiday gems from Louis Armstrong , Miles Davis , Ella Fitzgerald , Dinah Washington and others.

It's “Jingle Bell Jazz ” on Jazztime !


Special Hanukkah Music!

From Mississippi Public Broadcasting | Part of the Sounds Jewish series | 59:00

Let the rituals begin! Inspirations for Hanukkah music vary from celebratory & sacred to traditional. This is Part 1 of 2 ft. music for the Hanukkah holiday!

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Hep to the Holidays

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz series | 59:01

An hour-long program of "cool-Yule" classic jazz, featuring holiday jazz from Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Horace Silver and more, including poet Sascha Feinstein’s reading of his “Christmas Eve” jazz poem.

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Hep_small Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz, including Shorty Rogers' take on "The Nutcracker," pianist Bill Evans having some vocal fun with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (as well as the backstory on how the song came to be written), guitarist Emily Remler offering up a luminous version of "Snowfall," and poet Sascha Feinstein reading his poem about the legendary Miles Davis-Thelonious Monk Christmas Eve 1954 recording session.  Lighthearted and poignant, perfect for December. 

A Christmas Gift For You

From Joyride Media | Part of the Holiday Programming Extravaganzas series | 59:00

The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs. Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.

Xmasgift_small The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs.  The All Music Guide says,  “This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged,” and Rolling Stone lists it as one of the best albums ever made.  Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine.  Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.  

Joy To The World 2012

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting | Part of the Joy to the World series | 59:01

The 19th season of Joy To The World with Bob Thompson is a one-hour holiday program that is produced by Virginia Public Broadcasting and performed before a consistently sold-out audience. Joy To The World has traditionally been the kickoff to the holiday season in Charleston. Each year Bob invites a guest vocalist to join his band to add some swing to the holiday special.

This year’s Joy to the World features special guest vocalist Tom Lellis.

Tom_lellis_headshot_small The 19th season of Joy To The World with pianist Bob Thompson is a one-hour holiday jazz program.

New York based , singer Tom Lellis is critically acclaimed as an original. “One of the most easily distinguished contemporary jazz singers on the planet (Jazzradio.net, Berlin). Long known and respected as a musician’s singer, his facets include pianist, composer and lyricist on recorded works by Jarrett, Corea, Hancock, Brubeck and others, and a recording debut with Eddie Gomez and Jack Dejohnette.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom began singing professionally at the age of 15. By age 21, he was working on bills with Ray Charles and Gregory Hines and a 15-piece big band. After 9 years as a stand up singer, he began intensive piano studies with colleague, Bill Dobbins. Three years later he was singing, playing and opening for Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith and other jazz greats.

Lellis is currently writing and recording in New York for an Adventure Music 2011 CD release.

Tom’s Teaching Premise: To achieve an environment in which the pursuit of “music” is above all personal and ego matters, where rhythm, melody, space and aura are encouraged, and where, “imitation is valid only until it can be replaced with originality”.

Art of the Song's Holiday Sampler

From Art of the Song Creativity Radio | Part of the Art of the Song series | 59:00

Spinning from the deeply spiritual to the raucously celebratory, we bring you our favorite music of the season. We love this time of year during which we seek out the traditions that host festivities in December, focusing on all that makes us holy and wholly human. A departure from the Art of the Song norm... this is an all music show with no interviews and no short features. Perfect for using to replace that DJ who gets snowed in or needs a vacation or simply wants to take an hour off.

Newsletterlogo_small Art of the Song is a one-hour public radio program with music and interviews that explores inspiration and creativity through songwriting and other art forms. The show aims to delve into why songwriters and artists create, how they become inspired, and how the listener can tap into these creative sources.

The show has tuned in deeply with Grammy-nominated songwriters and performers like Richard Thompson, Kathy Mattea, and Bruce Cockburn.  But the show is not just for songwriters and musicians, as it tries to explore universal truths common to all creative expression.

Spinning from the deeply spiritual to the raucously celebratory, we bring you our favorite music of the season. We love this time of year during which we seek out the traditions that host festivities in December, focusing on all that makes us holy and wholly human.

A departure from the Art of the Song norm... this is an all music show with no interviews and no short features. Perfect for using to replace that DJ who gets snowed in or needs a vacation or simply wants to take an hour off...

Art of the Song also features two short segments that treat different aspects of the creative process. The Song Analyst looks into the detailed workings of music theory and songwriting craft. Berklee College of Music is the sponsor of this segment and it is hosted by Michael Shorr. The Creativity Corner is an intimate personal essay that draws from the experiences of poets, artists, actors and people with "day jobs" working on their novels. The program is rounded out with whole songs performed by the special guest and makes for an entertaining, educationally fun hour.

365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass

From Listener Directed Productions, Inc. | 59:59

The Canadian Brass play holiday favorites in new and classic arrangements. Includes their exhilarating "Hanukkah Medley," "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," a new arrangement of "Jingle Bells" in the style of Handel -- and many other tunes for the season.

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Looking for a new way to say "Ho Ho Ho" this holiday season?

 

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" 


The Canadian Brass performs new arrangements of Christmas music along with classic versions of Christmas and Hanukkah songs they've made popular over their 30 year history.  

Meet the players, hear how they celebrate the holiday spirit 365 days a year and enjoy their fun and inspiring holiday arrangements. 
(59 minutes with an internal 60 second [optional] Break.)


End of Year Fundraising

"365 Holidays with the Canadian Brass" is fundraising friendly for stations that are producing
an end-of-year fundraising campaign.

Sly Crooner One Hour Christmas Special

From Geoffrey Tozer | Part of the Sly Crooner series | 59:00

A Damon Runyon Christmas story set to music.

Christmascdartjpg_small In the continuing saga of Swanktown we take a short break for the Christmas holidays as Sly Crooner, your lounge companion, recalls a very special Christmas past. What makes it special is that in following their natural instincts to share the holiday spirit with those around them the three wise men of Swanktown, Good Time Charley, Dancing Dan and Sly Crooner also advance the cause of true love. Not to mention Dancing Dan stays healthy in a very toxic environment. This warm, sweet and loving holiday tale is actually a Damon Runyon story set to original swank arrangements of Christmas classics. Laughing Jingle Bells, Cool Angels We Have Heard On High, The Swank Wassail Song, Reggae Silent Night and a Latin version of We Three Kings (Los Tres Reyes) and many others are highlighted. This show is also available as two half hour episodes. Merry Christmas and a very swank New Year to you!

A Celtic Christmas

From Jefferson Public Radio | 58:55

An hour-long holiday special featuring Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley and his charming tale "Parcel from America." The program also features music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

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Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for.

Long, long before Riverdance, ordinary Irish men and women in hobnailed boots knocked sparks off the flagstone floors with jigs, reels and hornpipes, and the rafters rang with the fiery music of the fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, and the mesmerizing uilleann pipes.

Storyteller/Director Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Rego Irish Records says he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas his show Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US. His show A Saint Patrick Celebration tours from late February through mid-March; two other shows, Tomáseen Foley's Irish Times, and his one-man Lines from my Grandmother's Forehead tour throughout the remainder of the year. The Oregon Cabaret has developed a hit musical from his story Parcel From America.

The Kabbalah of Chanukah

From Russ Jennings | Part of the Days of Wonder series | 55:54

A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah!

Menorahlit_small The Kabbalah of Chanukah: An Inspirational Program for the Festival of Lights A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah! Weaving a tapestry of tales and teachings from the Kabbalah together with sacred music from around the world, this dynamic duo reveals some of the hidden treasures of this ancient spiritual tradition. This program is being offered for Chanukah programming in 2006. (Chanukah is from after nightfall on 12/15, ending at nightfall of 12/23.)

Santa's Greatest Hits

From Fred Flaxman | 58:00

Steve Jencks hosts this trip down Memory Lane featuring Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Bob Dylan, Dinah Washington, Louis Prima, Mel Torme, Mitch Miller, Tex Beneke, June Christy, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Included is a brief history of Santa Claus.

Snta_icn_small The songs include: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Night Before Christmas, Zat You, Santa Claus?, Ol' Santa Claus, What WIll Santa Claus Say?, The Christmas Song, Here Comes Santa Claus, A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus, Must Be Santa, Here Comes Santa, and Ride on Santa Ride On.

Full-Time Blues Radio 1236 - Christmas Blues 2012

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

It's our second year with new Christmas Blues tunes!

Fulltimeblues_logo_christmas_medium_small There was a huge response to our Christmas episode, last year, and we're back with an all-new episode of Christmas Blues songs for your holiday soundtrack.

There's songs from big names like Aretha Franklin, Tommy Castro, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as tunes from Fitz and the Tantrums, Grady Champion and many more! Santa also left us a new Christmas release from Gary U.S. Bonds inside "Johnny's Mailbox."

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://fulltimeblues.com

Jingle Them

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:30

Emmy Award winner Julie Giroux worked in Hollywood for years and her credits are formidable. When she thought of giving Christmas gifts to the high rollers in the film and television industry, she came up with a unique approach... she wrote Christmas carol arrangements, just for them. It became a Hollywood tradition and now it is becoming a wind band holiday tradition, too!
Of course, lots of people have written and arranged Christmas carols... but, not like this.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Cool Yule

From WFUV | 59:01

Host Rita Houston talks with Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann about holiday music and traditions, featuring exclusive live performances and new additions to the Christmas catalog.

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Wfuvlogo_small Host Rita Houston talks with Bette Midler, Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann about holiday music and traditions, featuring exclusive live performances and new additions to the Christmas catalog.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

From Monique Healing | 59:24

The Annie Moses Band’s phenomenal US, PBS debut is now available as a 1 hour Concert Special, 30 minute or as individual songs for your Radio network. Touching the depths of your listeners’ hearts with the message of Christmas with this remarkable mix of Jazz, Classical and Celtic sounds, this all-sibling group will inspire your listeners. With a breathtaking mix of holiday classics and originals performed by highly skilled Juilliard Musicians that will touch your audience like no other artists this year.

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The Annie Moses Band is a family of Juilliard trained musicians and award winning songwriters dedicated to virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex, viola, Benjamin, cello, Camille, harp/keyboard, Gretchen, violin/mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance  through musical excellence and strength of family, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

A Jethro Tull Christmas With Ian Anderson

From Douglas Grant | 59:00

Seasonal music by the legendary British band Jethro Tull, with humorous commentary by its founder, Ian Anderson.

Ian_santa_a2_small Multi-instrumental musician, prolific writer, distinctive singer and conspicuous flutist Ian Anderson of the British band Jethro Tull shares colorful Christmas memories, and presents tracks from the "cynical and grumpy" Jethro Tull Christmas Album. Anderson talks about his relationship with the flute and relearning to play the instrument properly after three decades of recording and touring. Broadly classified at times as Progressive Rock, Jethro Tull's music spans many genres including Jazz, Folk, Classical and Blues, in ways that are as rich and brilliant as they are unique. This humorous and engaging one-hour special provides a definite counterpoise to more conventional holiday programming fare, and is well-suited to a wide age range, given Jethro Tull's lengthy and illustrious history which began in the 1960's. The band has produced 30 albums and performed more than 2500 concerts in 40 countries. Engineer and Producer Douglas Grant has also included original blends of a few of the band's recordings which Tull fans may find interesting. The program is newscast compatible, with optional content filling the hh:01-hh:06 slot; there is also a 60sec bed at 28min past the hour for those needing the hole. For full T&C, see the Information for Stations section. Attachments: 30 second promo edit with bed, and Ian Santa program graphics.

A Cowboy Christmas

From Western Folklife Center Media | 54:24

A musical and poetic celebration of Christmas from the open ranges of America's outback.

Default-piece-image-2 A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

Holiday Light: Singing Angels, Silver Bells

From William Zukof | 58:23

A diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind, one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles.

Hl1_small Holiday Light is a wonderfully diverse collection of holiday music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present sung by The Western Wind one of America's preeminent vocal ensembles. The music is a delightful mix of familiar and historical songs and carols, including "Angelus ad Virginem," a popular carol from the thirteenth century; Spanish Renaissance motets and villancicos by Victoria, Guerrero, and Fernandes; early American music by William Billings; Appalachian folk songs and spirituals; and contemporary English and American carols. Featured are unique arrangements of the popular Christmas songs "Silver Bells," "Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Christmas Time is Here," created especially for the Western Wind. Guest host, Roma Downey, weaves together the music with a narrative that is informative, witty, fresh and moving. Ms. Downey became a household word through her portrayal of the angel Monica in the hit CBS television series Touched by An Angel. The narration was written by Reverend K Karpen, the spiritual leader of the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew on the upper West Side of Manhattan, a well-known center of social activism. Karpen takes a relevant and charming approach to the themes and stories of Christmas that makes the events seem like they happened just yesterday.

Compact Discoveries 22: Music for Hanukkah?

From Fred Flaxman | Part of the Compact Discoveries series | 58:00

There's lots of music for Christmas, but what music goes with Hanukkah? Host Fred Flaxman has some answers.

Cdslogo2inch_small "Music for Hanukkah?" What is appropriate music for Hanukkah? Host Fred Flaxman chooses Ravel's "Chanson h?bra?que;" "This Land is Mine" from the movie "Exodus;" the "Finale" from "Live in the Fiddler's House," with Itzhak Perlman as the violinist; harpist Rachel Van Voorhees playing "My Little Dreydl," "Candles Burning," "Hanukkah," and "Rock of Ages;" Krein's "Esquisses h?bra?ques;" Levenson's "Two Jewish Folk Songs;" and klezmer music by Klezamir. Complete script with playlist available here and at www.compactdiscoveries.com.

Amazing Grace

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 50:34

The story of "Amazing Grace" -- a piece of music that has an extraordinary impact on American history.

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Author Steve Turner's book "Amazing Grace: the story of an America's Favourite Song" unearths the fascinating background of a piece of music that's had an extraordinary impact. It's been a hymn of redemption. A song of comfort. A gospel favourite, a bagpipe standard, a folksong, a civil rights anthem, the most popular song for funerals. It's the song people turned to after 9/11, Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Challenger tragedy. There are at least 450 recorded versions of it - everyone from Elvis to Mahalia Jackson. The English man who created the lyrics, John Newton, the "wretch" of the first verse, had an unbelievable life. And yet its roots are more American than anything else.

Steve Turner has written about Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Jack Kerouac, and Van Morrison. He's published his articles about music in Rolling Stone and The London Times.

BEAT LATINO 012 - Feliz Navidad!

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 58:47

From duranguense to salsa to flamenco — melodies and rhythms from Mexico to the Caribbean to Spain — this edition of Beat Latino presents tunes to celebrate the holidays. Some of the most danceable versions of Christmas classics such as "Jingle Bells."

Beatlatino-navidad-111221_small Beat Latino, hosted by Catalina Maria Johnson, celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diveristy of the Latin/Latino musical universe. From duranguense to salsa to flamenco - melodies and rhythms from Mexico to the Caribbean to Spain - this edition of Beat Latino presents tunes to celebrate the holiday. Guaranteed! Some of the most danceable versions of Christmas classics such as "Jingle Bells" , including a wonderful Cuban guaguanco version (percussion and voice) of "Little Drummer Boy" Broadcasts nicely in December.

Symphonic Holiday

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:30

If you’re a last minute Christmas shopper, or one who has already bought everything for the upcoming holiday you have already seen the beginning of the season that is either: as the song goes “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” or you have gotten your “Scrooge” on.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Yiddish Radio Project Holiday Special, Hour One

From Sound Portraits | 58:59

Two self-contained hours of special programming based on the acclaimed ten-part ATC series, with a Web site filled with photos, features, background, and sound at YiddishRadioProject.org.

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Yiddish Radio Project Holiday Special, Hour two

From Sound Portraits | 59:00

Two self-contained hours of special programming based on the acclaimed ten-part ATC series, with a Web site filled with photos, features, background, and sound at YiddishRadioProject.org.

Benkatchorimage150_small Two self-contained hours of special programming based on the acclaimed ten-part ATC series, with a Web site filled with photos, features, background, and sound at YiddishRadioProject.org

Harmonia Holiday Special: Noel, Noel!

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music series | 59:00

A program of early music exploring the word "Noel" through music from the middle ages to the early baroque. Celebrate the season with this special, eclectic music!

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A Christian expression of joy, the word "noel" has been associated with Christmas for hundreds of years. Harmonia looks at its many guises in music from the Middle Ages to the early baroque.

Juke In The Back #032 - R&B Christmas

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:59

The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll. So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

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The entire "Juke In The Back" is loaded with the greatest R&B Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s.  It's the yuletide soul that came before rock n' roll.  From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys.  So grab some 'nog and get groovin'.

A Latin American Christmas

From WFIU | 58:55

Warm and sunny holiday music from many Latin-American locales. A festive program for the holiday season!

3269058996_1b6327ac81_o_small A Latin American Christmas brings your listeners some warm and sunny music of the season and a lot of good cheer from many lands south of the border and even the equator.  Feliz Navidad!  (A Spanish version is coming soon!)


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A Shortcut To the North Pole

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 28:56

Hohoho...a remix like no other for the holidays. The Beatles and much more.

Santa_small Featuring Gene Autry, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band, The Crystals, Dilly dally, Lionel Barrymore, The Chipmunks, The Firesign Theatre, Howdy Doody, The Kinks, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Laurel & Hardy, Darlene Love, Martin Mull, NRBQ, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and George Bernard Shaw.

'Tis the Season

From With Good Reason | 28:57

It's time to rock around the Christmas tree.

Harp_small Everybody's heard Bing Crosby dream of a white Christmas and the Beach Boys harmonize about a little Saint Nick, but how about The Ronettes singing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?  Poet Tim Siebles, ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen, conductor John Guthmiller and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs share some lesser known holiday songs and explain why the music resonates with them this time of year.

A Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer

From Heidi Chang | 29:51

Experience the magic of a Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer, who weaves tales of Hawaiian holiday traditions along with his family's musical legacy.

Kaponobeamer4_small A Hawaiian Christmas with slack key master Kapono Beamer will fill your heart and soul with the Aloha spirit on Christmas Day.  He shares memories of what it was like growing up in the Beamer family, one of Hawaii's most respected musical families, and how they celebrated the holidays.  On his CD, "Great Grandmother, Great Grandson," Kapono plays music inspired by his great grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer.  She was a prominent Hawaiian songwriter in the first half of the 20th century, who was known for her exquisite melodies.

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uring this half-hour long music special hosted by Heidi Chang, Kapono also performs live, singing "Silent Night" in Hawaiian.  Hawaiian culture is based on the oral tradition.  So Kapono is passing on his family's rich cultural heritage, through his stories and music.  His island roots goes back to the 15th Century.  Kapono also talks story about music and life, and explains how his pop hit, "Only Good Times," ended up on the soundtrack of Hollywood's first big budget surf film, "Big Wednesday," directed by John Milius.

Kapono Beamer is a talented guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right.  As a member of the Beamer Brothers, one of Hawaii's most popular duos, he helped spark the Hawaiian renaissance in the 70's, creating a new contemporary Hawaiian sound.  The Beamer Brothers “Honolulu City Lights" album remains one of the most successful selling records in the history of Hawaiian music.  In 2006, Kapono’s recording, "Slack Key Dreams of the Ponomoe,” was nominated for a Grammy for Hawaiian Album of the Year.  He is a multiple winner of Hawaii's version of the Grammy Awards, known as the "Na Hoku Hanohano" Awards.

Sad note:  Since this special initially aired, Kapono's grandmother, and also his mother, Nona Beamer, a gifted composer and hula master, have passed away.  But their spirit lives on through Kapono's storytelling, and the depth and beauty of his music.

To learn more about Kapono Beamer, visit his website.