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Christmas

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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.

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Credit List

Executive Producer

Nnenna Freelon

Producer

John Brown

Production Assistant

Cindy Campbell

Record Label

Brown Boulevard Records

Voice

Nnenna Freelon

Bass & Voice

John Brown

Saxophones

Vaughn Ambrose, James Gates, Brian Miller, Shaena Ryan and Greg Tardy

Trombones

Mitch Butler, Andy Kleindienst, Ronald Westray and Joshua Vincent

Trumpets

LeRoy Barley, Art Barnes, Derrick Gardner, Jay Meachum and Benjy Springs

Piano

Brandon McCune and Miki Hayama

Celesta

Miki Hayama

Fender Rhodes

Brandon McCune

Organ

Brandon McCune

Guitar

Scott Sawyer

Drums

Adonis Rose

Percussion

Beverly Botsford and Adonis Rose

Lead Engineer

John Plymale

2nd Engineer

Jason Richmond

Recorded at

Fidelitorium Studios in Kernersville, NC (Mitch Easter)

Mixing

John Plymale at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC

Mastering

Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering in Carrboro, NC

Conductor

Jon Metzger

Arrangers

Dan Cavanagh, Gabriel Evens, Derrick Gardner, Eric Hirsh, Frank Foster, Jay Meachum, Jerald Shynett