Peter White, Rick Braun & Mindi Abair Wow Fans with Holiday Concert Tour and CD
By Kim Betton, CRESCENDOjazz.com
Dec 22, 2007, 13:35
The beauty of Christmas music is profoundly displayed in "Peter White Christmas, with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair." Peter brings joy as he sprinkles in sweet tunes from his acoustic guitar. Rick sways with peace on his masterful flugelhorn/trumpet. Mindi shines with happiness on her saxophone. This holiday keepsake has all of your favorite songs jazzed up by the powerhouse trio. From The Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Happy Christmas/O Holy Night, to the warm mellowing sounds of Silent Night. Fans absolutely love the eloquent works produced on the recording. And what makes this new release just as special - each of the artists sings solo and background; a treat indeed.
CRESENDOjazz.com caught up with the trio as they made a stop in Tampa, Florida while on the 5th annual A Peter White Christmas Concert Tour. "We are all friends and feature different sounds on this CD," White proudly expressed. "I always find Christmas music so enjoyable, especially if you can get the audience involved."
From coast to coast, fans have packed concert halls, decked with colorful holiday stage lighting and joyous settings to enjoy White's jazzy holiday delight. In fact, the CD consists of songs from the tour, thanks to the fans! "I always wanted to play to smaller crowds on this tour and for years the fans would ask me to make a Christmas CD. So it's here," White expressed.
|A Peter White Christmas, Featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair|
Other songs on the recording include Greensleeves (What Child Is This), River, Jingle Jangle Blues, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and two special songs written by Abair-The Best Part of Christmas and I Can't Wait For Christmas.
Abair has been on the tour since its inception and Braun joined the crew in 2004. "In addition to all of us singing in the show, we have the audience to sing along too," Abair told CRESCENDOjazz.com. "Fans have made this project so special," said Braun, which captures the CD on his very own record label, ARTizen Music Group. "It's what we wanted to document for all of them. It's a treat with alot of energy," he added. White said as the tour wraps up just before Christmas, he looks forward to another great Christmas concert tour next year.
Outside of celebrating Christmas the group is very busy with their solo projects. Right now, White is working on his next smooth jazz CD. Abair is keeping busy with her radio show called "Chill with Mindi Abair" already in 40 U.S. markets. She's also in the studio preparing for a her new CD to be released this April.
Braun and Richard Elliot are rocking with their latest CD "R n R." In fact, this holiday and beyond, they're offering a treat from ARTizen MUSIC GROUP for the youth and it's all in an effort to promote music education. Here's how it works; young aspiring musicians can play along with music! Just visit www.musicminusyou.com and download the scores and get ready to enjoy your smooth jazz solo with your instrument of choice.
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