“Christmas Time is Here” - Composed by Vince Guaraldi
Charles on Trombone, accompaniment track by Steve Woody - Listen to the mp3 demo below
"Christmas Time is Here," by Vince Guaraldi, has always been my favorite Christmas tune, and I always enjoy playing it, particularly when playing out in front of folks in restaurants and at other events during the Christmas season. I received a request to make a video, so I did so, and you can find the video on YouTube (link below) or listen here to the audio on and mp3.
Vince Guaraldi, who wrote this tune, was a wonderful composer and musician. His playing style was unmistakable, and you always knew it was him when you heard him play.
This is one of those tunes that has always been special to me, evoking various feelings and emotions that are only heightened when I play it, whether in public, or in front of a camera as I have done here. As Matt Thompson wrote in the Atlantic in a December 15, 2015, piece, this piece of music by Vince Guaraldi ". . . will likely outlive all of us, meaning something different and something sadly and wonderfully the same with every passing year."
I was playing this tune previously with a backing track, and just happened to find a wonderful accompaniment created by Steve Woody on his YouTube Channel. Check out his work, I placed the link below. Mr. Woody was gracious enough to allow me to use his piece in my video. I hope my playing does justice to the wonderful music he provides in his track.
The trombone I am using is my King 3b+. It is a cool horn, and has a gold brass bell which gives it a nice sound. The horn is about 36 years old. I am the second owner. The first owner, Jock Ellis, played this horn professionally in the Los Angeles area. Jock Ellis played with Frank Zappa on a few of Zappa’s albums.
To learn more about Vince Guaraldi and his music, see the Wikipedia article at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi
Photo Credit: Photo by Ruvim Miksanskiy from Pexels (Title Page and Thumbnail); Photo by stein egil liland from Pexels (Ending Page)
And Please visit Steve Woody’s YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveWoodyMusic/featured
Check out a few of my other videos on my Charles Neuzil Music YouTube Channel if you have an opportunity, particularly if you are interested in the pairing of the trombone with synthesizers. Follow me on Instagram, and visit my website. Thank you!
YouTube - Charles Neuzil Music - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChl-UPZhcj9MVXyDv8VJerQ
Find the video of my interpretation of "Christmas Time is Here" at - https://youtu.be/ts9N6MYJHhE