Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jerry Granelli Trio

October 20, 2016

Coastal Jazz in partnership with the Kay Meek Centre and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents: Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jerry Granelli Trio and guest Irwin Park School Children’s Choir Friday, December 9 at the Kay Meek Centre at 8pm.

Tickets: $38 / $32 (senior) / $29 (limited sightlines) / $15 (student)

Fifty years ago drummer Jerry Granelli, the newest member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with Fred Marshall on bass, went into a San Francisco studio. In a three-hour session they recorded the soundtrack for a scrappy little animated Christmas special featuring the Peanuts gang. The trio had never seen any of the artwork for the session; no one knew that this would become the iconic soundtrack to the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Granelli is the only surviving member of the line-up that made that fateful recording in 1965. With his new trio Simon Fisk bass and Chris Gestrin piano, the band recreates the magic of this classic piece of music. Grandparents and parents alike get to bring a new generation to jazz for this seventy-five minute production that includes Irwin Park Elementary School Children’s Choir. Enchanting stories blend with enduringly beautiful music to capture the joy and spirit of the Christmas season.

For full concert details and information visit www.coastaljazz.ca.

About the Presenters:

The first of its kind in North America, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival began as a theatre festival for young audiences presenting international performances. Today the Festival is multi-disciplinary presenting theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling and over the years has been an inspiration to major cities throughout Canada and abroad, where annual children’s festivals now take place.  The Festival will be celebrating its 40th year in 2017 (May 29-June 4, 2017)! For more information about the Vancouver International Children’s Festival visit childrensfestival.ca or contact Joanne Da Silva.

Celebrating its 32nd edition, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings the world best musicians to city stages for a 10-day spectacular (June 23-July 2, 2017).  There are many free concerts including those during the Downtown Jazz Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery/Robson Square (June 24- 25), the David Lam Park Jazz Weekend (July 1 – 2) and Canada Day on Granville Island (July 1). With over 1800 artists, 300 performances and 35 venues, British Columbia’s biggest music and arts event gets you in the groove. Visit our website for full lineup details, coastaljazz.ca.

Kay Meek Centre is the premier home of performing arts in West Vancouver. Offering a season of award-winning international and Canadian music, dance, festival films, professionally produced theatre, and youth programming. The two-theatre venue also provides professional supports for broad range of education-based, community, and touring presentations. The Kay Meek Centre is governed by West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust. For more information about Kay Meek Centre visit kaymeekcentre.com or contact Elaine McHarg.


Media interview requests please contact:

 John Orysik, Co-Founder/Media Director
Coastal Jazz/TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
(604) 872-5200 ext. 6627