Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas

Dec. 8
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Holiday, Jazz

If you think this might be a light jazz soirée to casually usher in the holidays, think again. Tenor/soprano saxophonist Tim Warfield is an accomplished player with a rich, distinctive tone, deep veins of blues and soul, an innate sense of swing, and a fervid imagination. Add a lineup that includes heavy hitters Stefon Harris on vibes and Cyrus Chestnut on piano, plus lesser-known standouts Clarence Penn (drums), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Eric Wheeler (bass), and Joanna Pascale (vocals), and you get traditional Christmas warmth wrapped in a context of smart, inventive jazz. Thursday’s repertoire will be likely drawn from 2012’s Jazzy Christmas album, on which Christmas standards like “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” are launching pads for inspired improvs that probe deep into unexplored territory without losing sight of the mistletoe.