Benny Benack III & Steven Feifke Big Band at Birdland
Season’s Swingin’ Greetings: a holiday show that celebrates the traditional big-band sound and hallmark compositions of yesteryear while also introducing brand-new pieces and arrangements to the holiday jazz pantheon.
Acclaimed trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III joins forces with heralded pianist and big-band leader Steven Feifke, capturing the tremendous synergy and interplay between two close friends, former roommates, and collaborators dedicated to creating a perfect atmosphere in which to compliment one another. This auspicious partnership sees the inimitable confluence of Feifke’s compositional/arranging prowess and Benack’s lyrical pen, yielding rousing arrangements of timeless holiday classics as well as original compositions written in the spirit of the season.
Benack notes “I consider the bond between a crooner and his arranger to be as sacred as it comes in the annals of Jazz music…Sinatra had Nelson Riddle, Mel Tormé had Marty Paich, and I’m grateful to have Steven Feifke’s pen providing the musical wind in my sails. I wouldn’t entrust my music and arrangements to just anyone, but with Steven we have complete trust in each other, and really share a similar vision for how we want to present this familiar format in a fresh, exciting way.” A modern-classic, Season’s Swingin’ Greetings celebrates the holiday music of multiple religions, and adorns each track with an infectiously jubilant energy fitting for the upcoming season.