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George Maurer’s Big Band Holiday Show
Clever Contemporary Christmas Tunes
- Thursday, Dec 19, 2013
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
About George Maurer’s Holiday Show
This merry band of “genre-bending eclectites” (Jazz 88-FM) have been entertaining sold-out houses at the Dakota with their annual holiday show since 2000. Taking the stage by storm with irreverent style and sly musical humor, the eight-piece George Maurer Group enjoys a healthy reputation for presenting an evening full of witty stage banter, clever musicianship, and surprising twists on holiday classics, and more.
Featuring your favorite holiday standards mashed-up with jazz and classical standards (think Monk meets Sleigh Ride, the Beatles’ Drive My Sleigh, Herbie Hancock’s Driftin’ ala Santa Claus is Coming to Town, hyper-jazzed-up Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Django’s Castle layered over What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve) plus other selections from the Group’s irreverently titled holiday jazz LPs and Jazz Nog and Sniff the Mitten, the flavors (and smells) of the season come to life ala The Grinch, Linus and Lucy, jump, swing, latin, Joni Mitchell, New Orleans jazz, Connick, and more.
Now in their 20th season led by jazz-pianist/composer GEORGE MAURER,
members of the George Maurer Group have collectively performed with Eric Clapton, the Crickets, Bob Hope, Garrison Keillor and the original leads of Broadway’s Jersey Boys and more, have shared the stage with Bruno Mars, legends from Dick Clark’s original American Bandstand, and have performed from Orchestra Hall, the Guthrie to Carnegie Hall, and in London, Berlin and beyond.
Members of the George Maurer Group are:
George Maurer: pianist/bandleader
Jeff Engholm: bass/vocals
Muggsy Lauer: guitar/vocals
Scott Chabot: drums
Richard Witteman: trumpet/vocals
Leslie Vincent: guest vocalist
Jim Ten Bensel: trombone/vocals
Rich Manik: sax