Ice skating is the icing on the season’s Jingle Jazz opener when CMA Jazz on Main conductor Noel Freidline returns Friday, Dec. 8, with heated up standard holiday jazz fare that could threaten to melt the rink right outside Columbia Museum of Art.
“The repertoire for our holiday jazz concert is no different from most holiday concerts,” said Friedline from his Charlotte studio. “It’s what we are doing with the traditional holiday fare that gives our show a different spin.”
Freidline, who’s been credited with reviving Main Street Jazz in the Capital City, said: “Expect to hear everything from a Dave Brubeck-esque approach to “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” (of course, done in Brubeck’s trademark 5/4 time signature) to a Modern Jazz Quartet approach to “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem.”
In the Something for Everyone holiday approach, concert goers can even expect to hear “such disparate composers as Tchaikovsky and Vince Guaraldi in the same medley.” Freidline said the musicians will also take listeners on a swing through the 1950’s, to include Walt Kelly’s Pogo with “Deck Us All with Boston Charlie.”
Columbians have come to listen for Friedline’s references to Brubeck – and one entire concert was a tribute to the jazz patriarch. Brubeck was – and is – a benchmark for this conductor. His introduction to jazz came when somebody in his hometown, Clearwater, Kansas, gave the eighth grader Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” album which he often says he played the grooves off.
That record set his course toward jazz. The route to improvisation took him through traditional forms of music, in which he continues to excel. When he’s not entertaining, he’s teaching; he is a Lecturer in Music at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Noting Charlotte had no regular jazz venue, he filled that Queen City void with a First Fridays series at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at the Levine Center. Next, Freidline filled a jazz void here; he’s been credited with restoring regular jazz on Columbia’s Main Street.
The jazz starts jingling at 7:30; doors open for happy hour at 7. See CMA website for ticket information.