As the season rends itself cold, and the sound of bells on our rooftops comes closer, one high school in Oakland County has lifted spirits time and time again with their jazzy spin on the holidays. Under the direction of David Jensen, the Royal Oak High School Jazz groups spice up the holiday season with their timeless event titled “Jingle Bell Jazz,” a holiday program that recently became a fundraiser for local nonprofits in Michigan.
In 2015 Jingle Bell Jazz benefited the Welcome Inn Day Center. The event features the talented musicians of the high school in the Jazz Band, Ensemble, and Combo as well as other ensembles. These young adults are players who are simply talented beyond their years. The 2015 show also featured Mr. Jensen and his brother, Bob, with a group of professional players from around the area. The band was timely titled “The Brothers with Others Big Band.” This year, the event will benefit the Judson Center's Respite Care which provides temporary relief by providing parents and caregivers with relief from the day-to-day stresses that come with caring for a child or adult with a developmental disability or physical impairment.
Jazz, being a genre of expression, combined with the uplifting thrill of holiday music always brings a smile to the audience. Jingle Bell Jazz also features raffles and silent auctions, containing items donated by local businesses to raise money for the beneficiaries. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens and students with ID. To see and hear great music live, enjoy refreshments and support a staple of our community is a perfect example of the holiday spirit. Jingle Bell Jazz is Thursday, December 15th, at 6PM at Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Parking is free.