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KPLU brings the holiday cheer

Post by Ernest Jasmin on Dec. 15, 2008 at 11:09 am with No Comments
December 15, 2008 11:09 am

Just in case eggnog and spending yourself into debut don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, KPLU-FM (88.5) just released it’s Christmas and Christmas Eve lineup, with a Hanukkah special thrown in for good measure, too. Here’s the lineup they sent over today:

KPLU holiday schedule

Christmas Eve

8 to 9 p.m.: 12th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam live concert (re-broadcast) featuring jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and Pacific Lutheran University’s Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Joyner. You can also watch the concert at www.kplu.org.


9 to 10 a.m.: "Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites" hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. Hear stories that touch on the meaning of Christmas from NPR commentators which include David Sedaris (Santa Land Diaries), Bailey White, and John Henry Faulk.

10 to 11 a.m.: "Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol." A KPLU tradition. Comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic. Winters voices all of the characters.

11 a.m. to noon: "Jazz Piano Christmas," live from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy original and unique jazz interpretations of holiday favorites performed by Brazilian pianist and singer Elaine Elias, Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, and New Orlean’s own Ellis Marsalis.

Noon to 1 p.m.: KPLU Christmas Jam (re-broadcast).

1 to 2 p.m.: "Happy Joyous Hanukkah," featuring a concert from the Grammy Award-winning band, the Klezmatics. The band’s music has been described as wild, spiritual, and ecstatically danceable.

2 to 2:30 p.m.: "A Car Talk Christmas Carol Redux" starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel, Ira Glass, Daniel Pinkwater, and Carl Kasell.

Dec. 28

1 to 2 p.m. Jazz Northwest – Jim Wilke will play selections from Duke Ellington’s "Sacred Concert" performed by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

New Year’s Eve

8 p.m. to 12 midnight

Join KPLU for a swinging New Year’s Eve as we travel coast to coast for live jazz celebrations. The party features:

&bull The fiery sounds of the Mingus Big Band from New York

&bull Swingin’ New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher from the Crescent City

&bull The stylish and eclectic Pink Martini from Los Angeles