LIVE: The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band’s “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, 12/2/11

The Peanut Gallery Jazz Band

Massry Center Director Salvatore Prizio (left) & the Peanut Gallery Jazz Band

Billed as the Peanut Gallery Jazz Band, pianist and host David Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney delivered a wonderfully spirited family-friendly evening of the late Vince Guaraldi’s music.

Of course, Guaraldi’s compositions and piano-playing style have been etched into the American subconscious for well over 40 years as the soundtrack of the classic Peanuts’ holiday cartoon, “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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The brainchild of the Massry Center’s program director Salvatore Prizio, “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” was an unprecedented hit – after the initial 7pm sold out, a second 9pm show was added due to the high demand for tickets.

With a stage full of Christmas decorations, an audience sing-a-long and a healthy dose of humor, the Peanut Gallery Jazz Band captivated the all-ages audience and beautifully transported the packed house at the College of Saint Rose’s Picotte Recital Hall into the heart of the holiday season.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

David Gleason and Mike Lawrence

David Gleason and Mike Lawrence

Pete Sweeney

Pete Sweeney

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