Cranbrook Christmas Jazz


Legendary bassist Rodney Whitaker has been a celebrated force in Michigan’s jazz eco-system since returning to develop the world-class program at Michigan State University. Active with numerous jazz legacy institutions, Whitaker has spent five-years as Artist in Residence with the historic Christ Church Cranbrook near Detroit, where its wide-ranging arts and community offerings has afforded Whitaker and choir director Christopher Wells to collaborate, providing rich opportunities to bring together the worlds of jazz and traditional choir music.

This album features Will Todd’s jazz carol arrangements of In The Bleak Midwinter and Silent Night as well as a new arrangement of O Holy Night.

Track Listing:

  1. Personent Hodie
  2. The Christmas Song (feat. Vanessa Rubin)
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter (feat. Tom Shilakes)
  4. We Three Kings (feat. Rockelle Whitaker)
  5. I Love the Winter Weather (feat. Christopher McDole)
  6. Christmas Time is Here (feat. Vanessa Rubin)
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. O Holy Night (feat. Marc Meyers)
  9. A Child is Born (feat. Vanessa Rubin)
  10. My Favourite Things (feat. Vanessa Rubin)
  11. It's Easy to Blame the Weather (feat. Christopher McDole)
  12. Little Drummer Boy (feat. Rockelle Whitaker)
  13. Silent Night (feat. Kate Lucander)
  14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Vanessa Rubin)

Additional information


Christ Church Cranbrook Choir
Rodney Whitaker
Vanessa Rubin
Christopher Wells (director)

Release Date: 18 December 2020
Label: Origin Records

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