All That Christmas Jazz

You know what you’re missing? The smooooooth sounds of jazz. For the last month, you’ve been surrounded by jarring renditions of “Santa Baby” and resurrected Wham! Songs. Now your poor nerves are inflamed and the opening notes of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” have started to feel like an ice pick to the head. You may be powerless to stop the onslaught, but you can certainly take a respite and instead enjoy the honeyed, soothing sounds at The Holiday Experience: A Jazzy Christmas Celebration with John Holiday. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the aptly named Mr. Holiday will lend his countertenor pipes to holiday classics, plus gospel, jazz, R&B and classical numbers at The Kessler Theater (1230 W. Davis St.). He'll be joined by friends, including jazz vocalist Tatiana Mayfield, S-Ankh Rasa, Shelley Carrol, Neeki Bey, Kristin Yost and David Marquis. Tickets are $22.50-250 at
Tue., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 2014
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Jennifer Davis-Lamm