Homecoming Jazz

What started as a one-time idea has become an annual Columbus holiday tradition along with The Nutcracker and the Columbus Symphony's Holiday Pops.  The Columbus Jazz Orchestra's 2006 Home for the Holidays, featuring guest artist Dave Powers, under the direction of Byron Stripling, is this year's jazzier holiday outing.

Stripling, who is the organization's artistic director and conducts almost all of the groups 75 yearly concerts, is proud of this holiday tradition.  “One of the things we have tried to do with this concert is to provide alternatives to what people do during the holidays,” he says.

This year, Home for the Holidays features the Jazz classics written for A Charlie Brown Christmas.  These memorable numbers are the tunes that accompanied the Peanuts gang in their search for the true meaning of Christmas.  Created by Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, Stripling hopes that the audience will “be tapping their feet” as they listen to familiar songs with a “jazzy twist.”

Stripling, who is now in his fifth year with this prestigious musical organization, is excited about how wonderfully audiences have responded to this Jazz-based holiday tradition.  “With each annual holiday concert, we try to do something different.  We don't just pull out last year's act and redo it.  We try to have a surprise for each year's audience.”  Stripling also says that this holiday concert is geared towards kids.  “When we think of the holidays, we think of family,” he explains.

Pianist Dave Powers, one of Columbus’ most active Jazz musicians, will perform Guaraldi’s nostalgic tunes.  His vast repertoire and formidable skills on piano, keyboard and vocals are known throughout the city.

Home for the Holidays will be performed November 29th - December 3rd at the Southern Theatre.

For more information about this and other arts related events, go to www.ColumbusArts.com