“Christmas just feels to me like jazz,” said Stoll. “It’s one of the times of year America really seems to care about music.”
They’ll do traditional Christmas music but like you’ve never heard it. You can experience a New Orleans version of “Jingle Bells” followed by a postmodern “Carol of the Bells” and the next in swing era style.
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Also get ready for surprises. Stoll pointed out that Duke Ellington, one of the pivotal musical innovators of the 20th Century, called jazz the sound of surprise. Expect to get up and dance as well.
Maureen Fagans of United Senior Services said the organization is always looking for a special holiday event and this is its first on a Friday; previous such shows have been during the week, somewhat limiting those who could attend.
“We make this family-friendly,” she said. “It will also be a great opportunity to see our beautiful building all decorated for the holidays.”
Prior to the show, a wine and chocolate tasting will be sponsored by Wine Works and Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees, and Springfield Symphony Orchestra Youth Symphony ensembles will perform.
Seating is limited and tickets are available at United Senior Services during regular business hours.
HOW TO GO
What: Todd Stoll's Red Hot Holiday Stomp
Where: United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St., Springfield
When: Friday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
More info: http://unitedseniorservices.org/