Written by The Jazz Gypsy
Hopefully you�ve been nice enough this year that you won�t get a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. But even if you�ve been naughty, you still deserve to treat yourself, your friends and relatives to Brian Culbertson�s 2007 A Soulful Little Christmas.
For many smooth jazz fans, early spring to late summer is when they can feast on a wide variety of smooth jazz events. From multi-day festivals to single concert performances, there�s a multitude of events to choose from. For me, the smooth jazz festival season begins in March with the granddaddy of all festivals, the Berks Jazz Festival in Reading, PA and my smooth jazz festival season ends with the third and final week of the Catalina Jazz Festival in Avalon, CA, another top 10 US smooth jazz festival. After that, at least comparatively, there�s not much to choose from.
Fortunately, all of us �smooth jazz junkies�, we don�t have to give up our smooth jazz habit cold turkey because the smooth jazz Christmas tours can help ease our �withdrawals� of going from a smooth jazz feast during the spring and summer to what feels like a famine in early fall. This year, Brian Culbertson�s A Soulful Little Christmas featuring, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Nick Colionne, Howard Hewitt and introducing newcomer Victoria White is sure to provide enough holiday cheer to keep us from going into a complete downward spiral of withdrawal.
With a 19-city US tour planned, A Soulful Little Christmas tour should be coming to a city near you or close enough to a city near a relative or old friend that you�ve been meaning to visit. What better way to rekindle a relationship or keep a good relationship going than by picking up the phone and inviting an old friend or a distant relative to a wonderful holiday concert with YOUR favorite artists. That�s a win-win and a sure way to keep that lump of coal out of your stocking, at least until next year!
View the full A Soulful Little Christmas tour schedule on Nick Colionne's website at www.nickcolionne.com. Colionne, who was named International Instrumentalist Artist of the Year at the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, will end 2007 with the following performances:
Oct 6 - Avalon, CA � Catalina JazzTrax Festival
Oct 7 - Chicago, IL - "In The Limelight" Benefit & Celebrity Auction
Oct 13-14 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Annual Autumn Jazz Festival
Oct 26 - Davenport, IA - Smooth Jazz Fall Festival - Quad Cities
Oct 28 - Estero, FL - Jazz On The Green
Nov 4 - Rancho Mirage, CA - Art Affaire Festival
The Jazz Gypsy Tip: Colionne's latest CD Keepin' It Cool on Narada Jazz/Blue Note makes a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift.