A Christmas Jazz Portrait by Traditional. Arranged by Lennie Niehaus. For clarinet choir (optional Eb, 3 Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass/contra-bass, & optional Eb contra-alto clarinets). Christmas, Jazz. Grade 3. Score and set of parts. Duration 9 minutes, 45 seconds. Published by Kendor Music Inc (KN.15381).
This ambitious set of carols in contrasting jazz styles features Up On The Housetop (swing), Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (ballad), Patapan (jazz waltz), and Ding! Dong! Merrily On High (swing). Though all the hallmarks of a Niehaus arrangement are present -- modern chords, melodies for all, solid ensemble work, etc.--what we like most about this portrait is that it features songs that haven't been done to death. Total Duration 9:45.