Guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Mindi Abair have selected and are recording the songs for their first-ever holiday CD tied into the annual A Peter White Christmas tour, which features all three artists. The CD is tentatively scheduled to be released on Sept. 11 by the ARTizen Music Group, co-founded by Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot.
White, Braun and Abair, in addition to playing their chosen instruments – White will also play the harmonica – will also be handling lead vocals on A Peter White Christmas With Rick Braun and Mindi Abair, whose songs include “The Christmas Song,” “Greensleeves, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and medleys of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Happy Christmas/O Holy Night.” In addition, guest vocalist Jeffrey Osborne is featured on “Silent Night” and other guest artists include bassists Brian Bromberg and Nate Phillips, percussionist Lenny Castro, keyboardist Ron Reinhardt and drummer and vocalist Rayford Griffin.
The CD is representative of the live show and also has Abair's original song "I Can't Wait for Christmas" and a new original from the saxophonist titled "The Best Part of Christmas." You can also hear White's arrangement of "The Christmas Song" and "River," as well as Braun's arrangements of "Jingle Jingle Blues" and "The Little Drummer Boy," among many others.
Ninenteen shows have just been announced so far for this year’s A Peter White Christmas, which begins Nov. 24 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Peter White Christmas With Rick Braun and Mindi Abair
The Little Drummer Boy
The Christmas Song
I Can't Wait For Christmas
Greensleeves (What Child is This)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Jingle Jangle Blues
The Best Part of Christmas
Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Happy Christmas/O Holy Night