Kindred Spirits Presents The 27th Anniversary Of Bending Towards the Light: A JAZZ NATIVITY at Times Square
Type: Entertainment & Performances, Music & Concerts
The World Premiere Of
Inclinando Hacia La Luz La Natividad en Jazz
The Jazz Nativity In Spanish w/a cast of Latin Jazz greats!
"In Bethlehem, in the grotto where Christ was born, a light shines into the darkness. The light is meant to serve as light serves for so many religions and philosophies - as a symbol of truth and love and hope ... hope that even in a dark season, we may begin to see the world bending towards the light."
-Charles Kuralt from the Jazz Nativity
Bending Towards the Light: A Jazz Nativity celebrates its 27th anniversary this year at B.B. King Blues Club! This one-of-a-kind show features the Christmas story told in full costume with great jazz players and singers playing the roles of the shepherds, kings, angels, and Mary and Joseph. This swinging, joyful holiday show warms the hearts of families and jazz fans of all faiths.
Written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, the Jazz Nativity first premiered in 1985. Since then, it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country. The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Phillips, Bob Kindred, and Dave and Iola Brubeck. The soundtrack recording features the late CBS journalist Charles Kuralt as host, as well as jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, and Tito Puente.
Bending Towards the Light is directed by Tad and Beth Jones, music directed by Bob Kindred, and produced by Kindred Spirits, a not-for-profit organization.
"Seeing the Jazz Nativity should be a prerequisite for entering the Pearly Gates!"
-The Rev. James A Forbes, Jr., Riverside Church
"Like a cherished ornament found just in time on Christmas Eve!"
-John Armato, Jazz Improv Magazine