Many of us of a certain age grew up anticipating each year at Christmas time the airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on TV. The animated cartoon with its jazz piano soundtrack delivers an unmistakable mood that, for many, is as meaningful as the smell of a Fraser fir or the mellow strains of "Silent Night."

This year for our annual Christmas drop, we bring you our reading of Vince Guaraldi's Christmas carol from that TV special, "Christmas Time Is Here." This time we were joined in the studio by New Orleans saxophonist Rob Wagner on alto channeling Johnny Hodges in his first appearance on a Panorama track. For a different sonic texture, instead of the classic combo of tuba and tenor banjo, we shift banjo man Gary Washington over to his primary instrument, upright bass and moved tuba player Mark Rubin over to tenor guitar. Also, check out Michael Ward-Bergeman's accordion solo on the second "B" section double-tracking a line in octaves that I wrote for him.

Thanks for listening,
Ben Schenck
Clarinetist / Leader
Panorama Jazz Band
New Orleans, LA


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded Nov 22, 2019 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA

Panorama Jazz Band
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Rob Wagner - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Mark Rubin - Tenor Guitar
Gary Washington - Upright Bass
Doug Garrison - Drum Set
Songwriters - Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson (LEE MENDELSON FILM PROD INC)
Arranger - Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music/ASCAP)
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design - Ben Schenck and Charlie Zeleny
Photo by Greg Miles


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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