Christmas Specials

24, 25 and 26 December at 21:00 CET

Perhaps more than any other type of music, jazz is the soundtrack of December and modern-day Christmas. Songs such as “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” or the classic “Jingle Bells” have been performed and recorded by jazz musicians multiple times throughout history. Hence, on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 at 21:00 (CET), Stingray DJAZZ presents the best of Christmas music performed by the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra. On Christmas day, Tuesday, December 25 at 21:00 (CET), Stingray DJAZZ premieres the leading Finnish jazz pianist Aki Rissanen and his trio. On Wednesday, December 26 at 21:00 (CET), Stingray DJAZZ picks the rising jazz star, UK pianist Dominic J Marshall as part of Christmas special programming, as well as the editor’s choice of the month.


Monday, December 24 at 21:00 | Oleta Adams & Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

The New Concert Big Band was renamed Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in 1999. Since then, this American-influenced big band performs amazing annual Christmas concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, led here by Henk Meutgeert, lends the songs Silent Night and White Christmas completely different meanings. What's more, the orchestra never fails to present several internationally renowned soloists: in the current broadcast, the orchestra teams up with the American vocalist Oleta Adams and the Dutch jazz musician Ruben Hein!


Tuesday, December 25 at 21:00 | Aki Rissanen Trio at Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich

Aki Rissanen's interest in jazz came after he started taking classical piano lessons. His deep interest in improvised music placed him among top jazz pianist in his home country - Finland. While composing and performing his own music, Rissanen has also collaborated with Verneri Pohjola and Dave Liebman, and today his name appears among the top European jazz musicians. Live from 'Jazzclub Unterfahrt' in Munich, Germany, together with Antti Lotjonen on bass and Teppo Makynen on drums, Rissanen showcases the best of Scandinavian jazz and its DNA - the Nordic Tone.


Wednesday, December 26 at 21:00 | The MotorMusic Jazz Sessions: Dominic J. Marshall

The MotorMusic Studios in Mechelen, Belgium, attract many great musicians to the city. A wide variety of visiting international jazz musicians share their art of making jazz music with us in the DJAZZ series ‘Belgium Sessions’. In these sessions, some of Europe’s finest musicians perform their own, original music. This MotorMusic Jazz Sessions episode features the British Dominic J. Marshall trio. With his incredible energy and authenticity, Marshall is an indispensable musician to the European jazz scene! Marshall is not only a piano virtuoso; he has an impeccable sense of timing, melodic elaboration, and musicality. In collaboration with Jamie Peet (drums) and Glenn Gaddum Jr. (bass), they create refreshing and innovative sounds.