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#2190732 - 11/30/13 10:28 PM 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em!  
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You're playing your holiday tunes for friends and family, so let's hear what you are playing for them.

This is not a recital, but rather just a place to casually post up what you are playing for others this holiday season.

Duplicate tunes are perfectly fine. Encouraged even to hear various versions of the same piece so please post up your holiday performances for others to enjoy.


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#2190752 - 11/30/13 11:35 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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I am taken by surprise by your challenge Mr SH. It could be the hot weather we have down under at the moment but I don't normally get into the festive spirit until the 21st December. Might just have to join in


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#2191069 - 12/01/13 07:27 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Holiday tunes? Christmas songs, you mean? Nothing else?

#2191086 - 12/01/13 08:27 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Let's get the ball rolling! This is from last night. Live performance. We don't really get to play Christmas tunes often or get to practice so it's messy. Mic placement is near Piano speakers so it's a bit unbalanced.

Christmas Time is Here (Vince Guaraldi)
https://app.box.com/s/viw16y8rqm3xy5emvun9

Will record a solo piano tune today hopefully.


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#2191127 - 12/01/13 11:24 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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I will admit that I had no idea that this was a Christmas song until I looked into it. I've had a version of it on it on my Christmas playlist for years by this cat named Rick Modlin, and whenever it comes up I have to:

A) stop what I'm doing to listen to it, because it is just so good
B) remind myself to get it off of the playlist because it is not a Christmas song

Well, it turns out that it IS a famous and ancient Christmas song, and it has been covered by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Sting.

Here is my contribution....

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

Some backstory and lyrics...

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming Blog


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#2191129 - 12/01/13 11:41 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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How nice to start the season with jazz smile Thanks, both of you. Great playing.

Cathy


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#2191137 - 12/01/13 11:59 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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I love Christmas Time Is Here, it's just the right amount of mellow!

I am working on an "original" arrangement of the Carol of the Bells (in which the definition of original arrangement is I took two different versions, transposed one to be the right key, and then played mix and match with measures from each grin

Anyway, I'm hoping to get a recording of it, even if it's a not-so-great audio quality, because if I don't record it I won't remember how I played when the next Christmas comes around!

Last edited by ShiroKuro; 12/02/13 12:00 AM.

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#2192141 - 12/03/13 10:40 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Christmas Song - Solo Piano
https://app.box.com/s/58ejxd9k1d3s2tzs813z

Just one take and improvised from a lead sheet...it's actually tougher to play these Christmas tunes because we don't get a chance to practice them much. Enjoy!



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#2192156 - 12/03/13 10:58 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: kenjazz]  
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Originally Posted by kenjazz
I will admit that I had no idea that this was a Christmas song until I looked into it. I've had a version of it on it on my Christmas playlist for years by this cat named Rick Modlin, and whenever it comes up I have to:

A) stop what I'm doing to listen to it, because it is just so good
B) remind myself to get it off of the playlist because it is not a Christmas song

Well, it turns out that it IS a famous and ancient Christmas song, and it has been covered by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Sting.

Here is my contribution....

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

Some backstory and lyrics...

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming Blog


Beautiful performance Ken! And so well recorded. I can't seem to get a good recording from my piano. Maybe it's me. LOL. I certainly did not know this to be a Holiday tune, let alone a Christmas tune.


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#2192214 - 12/04/13 01:01 AM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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I LOVE it, jazzwee! What a great rendition of this! You are just smooth and right there with all the styling and "cool." And it's got such a nice movement to it - strolling along like Frank, or Bing, or somebody smile Such a laid-back "beat". You are great!

Cathy


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#2192243 - 12/04/13 03:05 AM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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off-topic, but I love the avatar, Mr. SH smile


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#2192245 - 12/04/13 03:11 AM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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NOT ready! But I will be able to post a super-hilarious video in a couple of weeks I think...


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Originally Posted by sinophilia
NOT ready! But I will be able to post a super-hilarious video in a couple of weeks I think...


Perhaps I have an idea of what will be in that video.....:) Looking forward to hearing /seeing it!


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#2192300 - 12/04/13 08:26 AM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: jazzwee]  
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Originally Posted by jazzwee

Beautiful performance Ken! And so well recorded. I can't seem to get a good recording from my piano. Maybe it's me. LOL. I certainly did not know this to be a Holiday tune, let alone a Christmas tune.


Thank you JW!

I love what you did with The Christmas Song. You made it sound so easy, but it had the tasty voicings, just the right amount of added intervals on the melody, and that Christmas ballad groove locked in. Awesome.


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#2192310 - 12/04/13 09:03 AM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: casinitaly]  
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Originally Posted by casinitaly

Perhaps I have an idea of what will be in that video.....:) Looking forward to hearing /seeing it!


Seeing, maybe... hearing, I'm not sure wink


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#2192399 - 12/04/13 01:22 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: jazzwee]  
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That was absolutely lovely, Jazzwee. So whimsical. I felt like I was sitting before a fireplace listening to you play. I was filled with nostalgia.

The other two jazz numbers by you and Ken were pretty, too.

Last edited by candlelightpiano; 12/04/13 01:24 PM.
#2192445 - 12/04/13 03:10 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Merry Christmas and wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season.

https://app.box.com/s/7k52m2k1v9xzbuc61x3a

#2192518 - 12/04/13 05:47 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Ken,

Just wanted to thank you for sharing Lo, How a Rose...

So beautiful...now I've got yet another thing on my ever-growing to do list.


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#2192540 - 12/04/13 06:25 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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Very nice, dannac - pretty piece.

Cathy


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#2192606 - 12/04/13 08:07 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: dannac]  
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Originally Posted by dannac
Merry Christmas and wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season.

https://app.box.com/s/7k52m2k1v9xzbuc61x3a


Beautiful Dannac! A work of love here. All this is putting me in the Christmas spirit.


Cathy, Ken, and Candlelightpiano, Thanks so much for your kind comments!


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#2192616 - 12/04/13 08:30 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: mr_super-hunky]  
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My favorite time of the year! 9 degrees here in Colorado and 6 inches of new snow. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

This has always been a favorite of mine.

Little Drummer Boy








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Ah, Drummer Boy - beautiful piece, and reverently played.

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Thanks, Cathy.
ante up!

Stay warm!
Carl








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laugh I'm heading out in to the dark and cold in about 15 minutes for band practice. Brrr.

I'll have to think about holiday music. I'm playing the lunch hour at the Co Springs Senior Center on Monday the 23rd. I warned them I don't have Christmas music, but it'd be a shame to not do *something* I think. So we'll see -

Stay warm for you, too! I hear you guys got arctic air yesterday!

Cathy


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Originally Posted by dannac
Merry Christmas and wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season.

https://app.box.com/s/7k52m2k1v9xzbuc61x3a


Listening to this now, it's just lovely!

Really enjoying your festive recordings everyone smile


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I'm just getting to listen to some of these recordings, and they're making me feel very festive!

Kenjazz, I also didn't realize that Lo How a Rose Eer Blooming was a Christmas song, I really enjoyed your playing of. And Jazzwee, great addition to your first upload!

Dannac, what arrangement is this? (get it, it's a pun, sorry, shot me now). Is that your own arrangement? It sounds lovely!

Now, I need to get practicing and see if I can push the tempo up a little bit, that always makes such a difference....

Looking forward to more listening soon!


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#2193600 - 12/06/13 06:21 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: dannac]  
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Dannac, what a lovely piece! Love the intro and the transitions. Had such a new age feel to it but the main melody was played with a lot of heart and soul. Beautiful!

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Always love The Little Drummer Boy! That was great, S & W.


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#2193675 - 12/06/13 10:17 PM Re: 2013 ABF Holiday Performances.... Let's hear 'em! [Re: kenjazz]  
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KenJazz, that was beautiful I know this song from years ago and never heard it like this before. It makes me appreciate the skill and artistry of jazz which is still a mystery that intrigues me. Thanks.


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