A Jazzy, Jolly Christmas arranged by Victor Labenske. For Piano. Piano Suite; Piano Supplemental. Christmas Suite Series. Christmas; Secular; Winter. Intermediate. Sheet. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.23269).
This suite contains three enjoyable intermediate-level arrangements for celebrating the holiday season. Creatively exploring jazz idioms, this entertaining suite contains two upbeat swing pieces and an exquisite ballad. "Up on the Housetop" features a walking bass line in the left hand with a cheerfully syncopated right-hand melody. A unique ballad arrangement of "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" contains wonderful, lush jazz harmonies. Gorgeous harmonic colors and an imitation of an improvisatory jazz solo are sure to make this piece a favorite. The suite concludes with a spirited arrangement of "Jingle Bells," featuring a playful syncopated melody that appears in both hands.