"A Jazzy Christmas" – The Bill Mays Ensemble

Bill Mays presents an entertaining and educational program for the Christmas season. Featuring his inventive and engaging musical arrangements Mays showcases the orchestral and improvisatory aspects of the group. Designed to delight young and old, musicians and laypeople, people of all faiths or no faith, the music includes Mays originals, jazz and classical themes, and traditional Holiday fare.

Sample program:

The Christmas Song (M. Torme)

Sleigh Ride (L. Anderson)

O Tannenbaum (Trad.)
Bell Medley: Valley Of The Bells (M. Ravel) –– My Bells (B. Evans) –– Silver Bells (J. Livingston)

Angels We Have Heard On High (Trad.)
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring (J. S. Bach)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (J. Coots)
The First Noel (W. Sandys)
Silent Night (F. Gruber)
Christmas Thanksgiving Prayer (B. Mays)

Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (P. Tchaikovsky)
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Trad.)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (H. Martin)

Snow Job (B. Mays)

I'll Be Home For Christmas (W. Kent)

Stuffy Turkey (T. Monk)

View a concert given 12/7/21 in Helen K. Persson Hall, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL.
Bill Mays, piano & arrangements; Mark Marineau, piano & digital keyboard; Jamie Ousley, contrabass; John Yarling, drums & percussion; John Michalak, saxophones & flute; Judy Kirtley, opening recitation.