This post is tardy, but it’s my fault. Janice Anderson and Chris Dawson — that lovely pair who sing and play — published this holiday offering two weeks ago and I should have shared it with you then. But, rather like finding something delicious in the refrigerator, still fresh, that you forgot to enjoy on the assigned day, their musical presentation still delights me. Even if you are playing this while putting the house back in order, it will still bring happiness:
I so admire Janice’s unerring warmth and sincerity, and Chris’s playing always makes me feel that the universe is on the right swinging path. (Perhaps next year he will bring the cornet out of hiding.) I wish I had them as neighbors!
Janice and Chris volunteer their services and create music in support of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Santa Monica — which has offered a concert series for many years. If you feel generous because of the generous music, there are many ways to support Mt. Olive as well. All the ways to do this are noted below the original video presentation.
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged beautiful singing, Chris Dawson, Christmas music, holiday music, Janice Anderson, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Santa Monica, Stride piano, swing, Teddy Wilson
“Find some beauty every day,” Janice Anderson gently suggests about three-quarters of the way through this nearly hour-long living room concert.
When she’s singing and husband Chris Dawson is at the piano, beauty radiates through very powerfully: no search engines are needed.
And if their music doesn’t win you, I can only shake my head sadly, as I often do these days.
The menu for April 30 — International Jazz Day and also Janice’s birthday — was BLT’s and lemon cake. Enticing enough to plan a visit to Santa Monica next April.
And if you’d like more (I did and do) go to Janice’s Facebook page for a twenty-minute informal duo concert with Chris. Simply wonderful. You’ll notice that neither Janice nor Chris is soliciting contributions for themselves: those who feel uplifted and generous can make a contribution to the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, where these two have run a music series for fifteen years, bringing in a variety of artists on the second Sunday of every month.
One more thing: at very widely-spaced intervals, I’ve met and heard Chris and Janice over the past nine or ten years. The most recent encounter — they came to New York in mid-November and appeared magically at Cafe Bohemia: I’m convinced they stopped by just to delight and startle me, but that theory has no evidence behind it. It’s not always the case that lovable people make lovable art (we all have our stories of the negative exemplars) but in the case of this duo, it is brilliantly true.
May your happiness increase!
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Tagged Chris Dawson, Janice Anderson, Jazz Lives, jazz piano, jazz singing, lovable art, Michael Steinman