Anderson twins celebrate Christmas, jazz it up – Times News Online
Posted on December 10, 2021 5:52 PM
Will Anderson thinks jazz and Christmas are made for each other. He and his twin brother Peter will prove it at Miller Symphony Hall.
Peter and Will Anderson present “A Jazzy Holiday”, 7:30 pm December 10, Main Stage, “Jazz OnStage” Series, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The Anderson brothers, born and raised in Washington, DC, moved to New York City to attend Juilliard School. Having performed in over 40 states, they have headlined at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Birdland.
They previously appeared at Symphony Hall in October 2019 as the Peter and Will Anderson Trio with Adam Moezinia, guitar, and Vince Giordano, bass saxophone.
For Anderson, jazz and the holidays give a feeling of “hope, joy, excitement and appreciation of beauty.” The Miller Symphony Hall concert features Christmas and Hanukkah carols.
Many holiday songs and hymns have been adapted for jazz arrangements.
“Different interpretations of them over the decades have worked so well. Jazz has taken the shell of the melody and harmony of the songs and changed the rhythm to make them exciting and individualistic, ”said Will Anderson in a telephone interview from his residence in New York City.
During the “Jazz OnStage” concert, the brothers will talk about the history of the songs they play. “We gravitate towards the earlier styles,” says Anderson, mentioning George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
“A Jazzy Holiday” will have its share of fun on stage. Anderson says, “All the musicians we admired were performers and even comedians too.”
The clarinet was part of the reason the Anderson twins turned to earlier styles of music. Each brother started in jazz by learning the instrument. “The clarinet fell out of favor with the decline of swing and big bands, and the louder saxophone became more popular. The clarinet is heard more in the music of the twenties, thirties and forties.
In the “Jazz Onstage” concert, Chuck Redd plays drums and vibraphone. The brothers will play the clarinet, flute and soprano, alto and baritone saxophone. Also playing Joseph Boga, trumpet; Dalton Ridenhour, piano, and Madison Rast, acoustic bass.
The Anderson brothers played with many of their musical heroes when they were young. Anderson says, “It was terrifying. But that’s part of the game. That’s how you grow up. We just kept on practicing.
Tickets: www.allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715