Sunday Night Jazz: Swingin’ for the Holidays
Sun, Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm
Doors 5pm | Show at 6pm
About Swingin’ for the Holidays
Swingin’ for the Holidays is Ryan Parker’s Big Band Christmas Gala Concert, featuring vocalists Chris Humphrey, Sharon Jones, Katie Oberholtzer, and David Ripley. The Big Band is comprised of New England’s top jazz musicians, among them Bijon Watson on lead trumpet (Michael Buble, Harry Connick, American Idol, Dancing with the stars), Nate Jorgensen on lead alto (Univ. of N.H), and Chris Oberholtzer (Univ. of S. Maine).
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.