The Essential Advent Calendar – December 19: Imani Records Release ‘Holiday Extravaganza’, Produced By Orrin Evans

It’s been over ten years since Imani Records released a Holiday recording. During the pandemic, Imani label mates, friends, and family gathered at the historic Sear Sound Recording Studio to record a live concert to be streamed on Christmas Eve 2020. The stream was a beautiful way to safely fellowship with everyone from our homes. Three years later, the audio from that stream will be available only on Bandcamp. Take a trip to Bandcamp and purchase your download of Holiday Extravaganza. You won’t be disappointed! 

GRAMMY® nominated Orrin Evans produced Holiday Extravaganza for Imani Records and features the combined talents of bassist Jonathan Michel, Alex Claffy, Ben Wolfe, Mark Kelly and Matthew Parrish, special guests like guitarist Marvin Sewell, organist Shedrick Mitchell, drummers Mark Whitfield II, Nasheet Waits, and Anwar Marshall. Acclaimed arranger David Gibson contributed some outstanding horn arrangements to add to the various textures of these extraordinary musicians. Imani artist Caleb Curtis is featured throughout the record, with particular attention paid to his transforming version of Dreidel. Vocalists Michelle Lordi, Alexia Bomtempo, Milton Suggs, TC III, Christine Devine, and JD Walterbring a fresh reading to various holiday favorites. The legendary George Cables blesses us with a mesmerizing reading of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to complete the family celebration. You are guaranteed a relaxing, eclectic, and festive playlist sure to be the perfect soundtrack for your holidays with the purchase of Imani Records Holiday Extravaganza. 


1. Boas Festas (featuring Alexia Bomtempo)

2. Dreidel Song (featuring Shedrick Mitchell and Caleb Wheeler Curtis) 3. O Tannenbaum (featuring Milton Suggs)

4. We Three Kings (featuring Shedrick Mitchell, Mark Kelly and JD Walter) 5. Let It Snow (featuring Marvin Sewell and Nasheet Waits)

6. This Christmas (featuring Christine Devine)

7. Holly On The Ivy (featuring Imani Records All Stars)

8. Blue Christmas (featuring Michelle Lordi)

9. What Are You Doing NYE (featuring TCthe3rd)

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