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Brown Boulevard is very proud to announce this new recording with SIX-time GRAMMY Nominee Nnenna Freelon!!
Christmas, the first recording for Nnenna Freelon backed by the John Brown Big Band, features fresh, brand new arrangements on classic tunes, and is sure to keep you swingin’ for the holidays!
Nnenna Freelon’s mother was a lover of Christmas—the story, the anticipation, the excitement, but most of all, the gathering of her family around her. In her passing, she left her daughter with a gift that has resulted in a dream fulfilled and a holiday album that will extend a mother’s love of Christmas to listeners everywhere.
Venerated jazz vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee Freelon had long wanted to record a holiday album, but couldn’t garner enough interest from her label. So she did what most people do in need of a little help, she turned to a loved one. With a small inheritance received from her mother, she approached John Brown, a long-time member of her musical family, director of Duke University’s jazz program and leader of John Brown’s Big Band. The two, who have shared the stage and collaborated often during their twenty-year friendship, have now joined together to release Christmas, a selection of holiday songs. Brown produced the album and will release it on his own label, Brown Boulevard.
Brian Miller – lead alto
James Gates – alto
Greg Tardy – tenor
Vaughn Ambrose – tenor
Shaena Ryan – baritone
Piano, Fender Rhodes, Organ & Celesta