Brian Culbertson's A Soulful Christmas

Thursday, December 20

The holidays can be a stressful affair, especially for those poor parents who can’t afford jack shit for their kids. But lucky for them smooth jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson has created the ultimate yuletide tonic. Named after his immensely popular disc released last Kwanzaa, A Soulful Christmas is a star-studded tour featuring some of the smoothest cats on the planet, including sexy saxman Gerald Albright and silky vocalists Howard Hewett and Victoria White. Resembling a cross between Jon Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, and the waxy dude from the Goo Goo Dolls, Culbertson leads his ensemble through delicately funkified versions of “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel,” and so on. It’s lush. It’s crisp. It’s like a chilled glass of whole milk.

Thu., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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