Allan Harris Brings a Jazzy Christmas to St. Albans Congregational Church


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Vocalist celebrates the holidays with classic songs and the music of Nat “King" Cole in Queens

Vocalist Allan Harris will perform at St. Albans Congregational Church, 172-17 Linden Boulevard, Queens, on Saturday, December 1 from 5pm-6pm. At this appearance, the Harlem-based vocalist will present “A Jazzy Christmas," celebrating the holiday season with classic songs and the music of Nat “King" Cole. For more information, call (718) 657-8282. This event is part of the church's Jazz Communion Vespers series.

Harris recently released his new CD, Long Live The King, a tribute to Cole recorded live at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The album has been released to a great response from media, radio, and fans alike. In fact, The Washington Post wrote: “Needless to say, any singer who shows even the slightest strain while covering Cole's songbook might as well pack it in. Harris, however, is so well-suited to the task that he seems to glide from one performance to another, from the spacious and soulful version of 'The Very Thought of You' to the brightly percussive and swinging 'Straighten Up and Fly Right'."

During the “A Jazzy Christmas" presentations, Harris will perform some of these classic Cole tunes, along with holiday favorites such as “Silver Bells," “Winter Wonderland," and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

“As the years rolled by, I have been compared favorably to the great Nat 'King' Cole," admits Harris. The New York Times' Stephen Holden called him “an extremely relaxed and tasteful crooner in the Nat 'King' Cole tradition" in his review of Allan's three-week engagement at the Algonquin's Oak Room in New York City. The Miami Herald wrote that Harris' voice and demeanor “project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." In fact, his very first New York review in The New York Post read: “The Man Who Would Be Cole."

With the release of Long Live The King, Harris is touring with this music, including sold out performances at The Blue Note in New York and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as other performances showcasing his mastery of musical styles in addition to the “A Jazzy Christmas" shows. Select dates, venues, and cities are listed below.

This story appears courtesy of Impress Media - Jennifer Niederhoffer.
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