LARRY SMITH HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT
Friday, December 22, 2017
The Studios of Key West
533 Eaton Street
Key West, FL
Key West, Fl. — Christmas comes early this year when pianist and composer Larry Smith returns to The Studios of Key West to present a fresh and soulful take on holiday classics.
On Friday, December 22 at 8pm, joined by his longtime collaborators, bassist Joe Dallas and drummer Skipper Kripitz, Smith presents a holiday jazz concert with a fun lineup of songs - including his original compositions. Smith’s wife and musical partner, vocalist Christine Cordone Smith, sings.
“Long considered one of Key West’s finest musicians and best showmen, when Larry Smith takes the stage you’re guaranteed a truly unique island experience,” says Elena Devers, deputy director. “He wows audiences with his own clever compositions, and his fresh and unique spin on beloved holiday songs keeps people coming back for more.”
Smith’s musical vision is original and exhilarating, and his insistence on improvisation is a counterpoint to a meticulously rehearsed program. Classic songs become new again as Smith expands his arrangements beyond normal envelopes of safety.
“Sure, we can perform the Christmas songs traditionally and that’s great, but our job is to make you feel like you’re hearing White Christmas for the very first time ever,” says Smith. “We’ll deliver a great lineup and hopefully, take you back to the joy of being a kid again. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are about?”
On-the-edge musical leadership is a normal for Smith and by setting up a challenging terrain for his musicians to negotiate, he creates an experience for the audience that is fun, thrilling, and hopefully, spiritually moving.
Tickets are $25 General Admission and $20 for Studios’ members and can be purchased at The Studios of Key West’s box office, 305-296-0458, or online at www.tskw.org.