Every year, NPR Music invites a handful of the world’s top keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and asks them to play some of their favorite holiday music for the audience — solo — and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas.

For its 25th anniversary, this program welcomes four celebrated artists:

  • Harold Mabern, 78, is one of the great post-bop pianists.
  • Kris Davis brings a distinct, experimental style that’s made her a celebrated rising talent.
  • Returning veteran performer Lynne Arriale.
  • Cyrus Chestnut, at home in both the church and dialing up dazzling high-speed runs, who has recently been named a professor at Howard University.

Jazz Night In America presents the 2014 edition of A Jazz Piano Christmas from the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center.

Tune in to KUVO for A Jazz Piano Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11 pm-12 am.

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