A Christmas show led by saxophonist Tim Warfield put everyone in the holiday spirit at the famed Jazz Showcase in Chicago this past weekend before Christmas 2021. The all-star septet, led by Warfield, included Terrell Stafford (trumpet), Warren Wolf (vibes), Cyrus Chestnut (piano), Runere Brooks (bass), Clarence Penn (drums), and Lucy Yeghiazaryan (vocals). For jazz fans, this mix of nationally renowned musicians was a jolly great session with more than sugar plums swinging to the tunes.
Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas album was the foundation of the show, but as with any jazz performance, nothing ever remains quite as it was - the music-making its own path under these masters of music. The matinee performance on Sunday was geared for the family - with kid favorites, kicking off the show with "Rudolph (Rudolpho) the Red-Nosed Reindeer"…. – but always with a jazz twist. All your Holiday favorites were here, including "Santa Clause is Coming to Town", "Silent Night" and more. Vocalist Lucy Yeghiazaryan joined the band for 3 beautiful tunes "Caroling Caroling", "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Let it Snow". Jazzy Christmas is one of the best modern, straight-ahead Christmas jazz albums around with that accolade that some of the tunes are so transformed, they could be part of any set year-round.
Saxophonist, recording artist, and educator Tim Warfield, began his tenure on alto saxophone at age nine. In high school in York, Pennsylvania, he switched to tenor sax, participating in various music ensembles and winning numerous awards. He later attended Howard University for two years, before going on to lead and co-lead groups in the Mid-Atlantic and Central Pennsylvania regions. He has played with a who’s who of artists and has appeared on several GRAMMY-nominated recordings. As a leader, Tim has recorded a total of 11 albums, all to critical acclaim, including his most current release Jazzland.
A short drive North from Indianapolis, The Jazz Showcase continues to be one of the top Jazz Clubs in the world. The legendary Joe Segal started the Jazz Showcase in 1947 to feature the best in jazz. It's difficult to name any great player that Joe didn't feature over the years. Joe's Son and current owner Wayne Segal hasn't missed a beat in keeping the music moving forward.