Be-bopping 'round the Christmas tree


December 20, 2001|By STEFANIE GREENBERG, Staff Writer

The holiday season has arrived and has brought with it one of the Valley's most entertaining traditions, a Christmas concert by Jimmie Cannon's Valley Jazz.

Featuring big band jazz and Christmas music, the concert set for Saturday night is in its 13th year.

"Christmas is the one time of the year when the world seems more or less at peace with itself," said Cannon.

And, he said, there certainly can't be a celebration without music.

A twist on the classic "Little Drummer Boy," to be done as a jazz arrangement, and closing songs "Feliz Navidad" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are only a few of the highlights to expect.

Julie Popejoy returns singing jazz tunes and Christmas ballads.

The band's favorite concert of the year, Cannon said, "It's our gift to the community."

Made up of 22 band directors, college and high school students, Cannon said the program allows the students to play on a professional level.


"I'd like to invite everybody to come out and have a great time," said Cannon.

Sponsored by the North County Coalition for the Arts, the free concert will be 7:30 p.m. at Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley.

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