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Listen to Joy to the World 2011 on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio
Recorded in 2010, this evening’s Joy to the World radio program features special guest vocalist Kim Nalley; Named one of the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area,” Nalley has an international reputation as one of the world’s best jazz & blues vocalists.
Now in its 21st year, Joy to the World is West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s annual live performance holiday jazz program hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. Each year’s concert is edited into next year’s broadcast.
About Kim Nalley — Kim Nalley is an award-winning vocalist, bandleader and producer from San Francisco. With a formal background in classical music and theater, Nalley’s star ascended upon switching to Jazz. Her resume includes several CDs, numerous rave reviews, yearly concerts at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals and jazz-clubs throughout Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. She is the producer of several successful musical-historio-graphical shows in various venues including “Ladies Sing the Blues,” “She Put a Spell on Me: Tribute to Nina Simone” and the multimedia presentation of jazz “Black History Month Concert Series.” She also is the resuscitator and owner of the famous jazz club “Jazz at Pearl’s.”
About Bob Thompson — World-renowned jazz pianist Bob Thompson always plays as though it’s his last moment on the keyboard. That advice came from Chicago saxophonist Bunky Green in the 1960s, and Thompson has observed it ever since. Bob is also a part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage® band. Thompson has recorded numerous albums over the years including two compilations of past Joy to the World shows.
Listeners who enjoy Joy to the World will also be treated to 16 hours of jazz holiday music from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas day from West Virginia Public Radio.