John Brown

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon

CD cover for 'Christmas' - Nnenna Freelon and the John Brown Big Band

Christmas music. It's nearly inescapable at this time of year - on the radio, in shops, in cafes, everywhere. When Phoebe Judge sat down to talk about "Christmas" with jazz double bassist John Brown, the question arose: Why would musicians want to add to the large catalog of existing Christmas songs and recordings?

"It comes from a place of joy," said the double bassist. "We wanted to take this material that's tested, tried and true and say something different about it."

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