Holiday Wishes: Vocalist jazzes up ‘Santa’ track with Jazz OrchestraWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Jazz Orchestra director Ron Kischuk enjoyed the vocals guest performer Lori Lefevre-Johnson provided for his band’s performance of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
“I think she sounded great,” Kischuk said. “She brings her own style to it. It’s not over the top, but she brings a nice, jazzy feel to it. She was doing a concert with us the weekend we recorded and agreed to help out.”
Also helping out that weekend was Dwight Adams, Stevie Wonder’s trumpet player and a longtime friend of Kischuk’s.
“Dwight and I have performed together hundreds if not thousands of times,” Kischuk said. “He’s a great guy and a great performer.”
Another musician involved was saxophone player Russ Miller, who also arranged the track.
“It’s an uplifting, happy Christmas song,” Kischuk said. “It’s one of the old standards. When I was growing up, my mother had all the old piano sheet music sitting in the piano bench. You would pull it up and there were ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.’ People try to write new carols every year, but the fact of the matter is sometimes the really old tunes are a lot of fun to play and hear.”