Charleston

Bob Thompson's Joy to the World (Thursday)

Thu, Dec 15, 2022
08:00pm
Thu, Dec 15, 2022
08:00pm
Charleston
Culture Center Theater, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E Bldg #435, Charleston, West Virginia
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$25+
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Thu, Dec 15, 2022
08:00pm
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Culture Center Theater, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E Bldg #435, Charleston, West Virginia
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$25+
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Bob Thompson's Joy to the World (Thursday) is happening on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 08:00PM EST at Culture Center Theater with tickets starting at $25.00

Celebrating 30 Years of 'Joy'!

Bob Thompson's annual holiday jazz celebration is back this year to celebrate its landmark 30th season. We will record two nights, Thursday, Dec. 15and Friday, Dec. 16, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia with our special guest vocalist, Zara Bode. Showtime on both nights is 8p.m.

Joining Thompson on stage is his long-time band — Timothy Courts on drums, Ryan Kennedy on guitars, John Inghram on bass, plus guest vocalist Zara Bode and special guest James Moore.

Early-bird tickets are $25 until 10 am on November 25. After this time, general admission tickets will be $30 until show day.

Zara Bode

An accomplished vocalist, Zara Bode has showcased her immense versatility at music festivals and performance venues worldwide. Zara has earned critical recognition as one half of the country and honky-tonk duo Sweetback Sisters. A sought-after vocal arranger and backup singer, Zara performs in styles ranging from gospel to swing. Zara teaches private lessons and group workshops out of Brooklyn, NY, where she currently resides.

Bob Thompson

The world-renowned jazz pianist is perhaps the Mountain State’s best-loved musician and ambassador of jazz. Since 1991, he has been a pianist, and regularly featured artist, on WVPB’s syndicated radio show, Mountain Stage, distributed by NPR Music. For 30 years now, he has also been co-producer and host of Joy to the World, a holiday jazz show broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. In October 2015, Thompson was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

He makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia, and has enjoyed a long and active career as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. For decades, he has played at festivals and venues around the country, and also has taken his music to Europe, Africa, and South America. Thompson’s resume includes guest appearances on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio, and BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis. His recordings on Intima Records, and Ichiban International, received high recognition on the jazz charts, with several reaching the Top 10. His most recent release is "Look Beyond The Rain." Learn more about his work at colortones.com.

James Moore

James is an in-demand jazz trumpet player in Pittsburgh’s vibrant jazz scene, where he is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly with jazz legend Roger Humphries. His own trio features James Johnson, III on drums and Clifford Barnes on organ. He has recorded and performed with dozens of internationally acclaimed jazz artists.

James is a vocal supporter of not only jazz education, but of the power of the liberal arts to transform the lives of collegiate students. He has served as a leader in higher education since 2006, advocating for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

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