2016-12-06 / Community

Joyful Noise concert returning to Kennebunk

KENNEBUNK — For the 11th year in a row, Chris Humphrey brings together some of the finest musicians in the New England area for a spectacular concert of jazz Christmas music, "Joyful Noise 11 - A Jazz Christmas in Kennebunk," at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

The Church On The Cape will host the concert. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.

Humphrey and his jazz band will present a concert of new and traditional Christmas music to not only entertain the family but to benefit "Church Community Outreach Services" FUEL AID program, to help needy families stay warm this winter.

Chris Humphrey is a pianist and vocalist from Kennebunk, who is the Director of Music at Cheverus High School in Portland. He is a veteran jazz singer, having worked with Denon recording artists, The Ritz, and the vocal jazz quintet, VocalEase.

Humphrey has taught jazz piano at the University of Southern Maine, and vocal jazz at Bowdoin College, USM and UNH.

Humphrey's exploration and experimentation with complex harmony, rhythm and technically diverse vocal presentation is clearly exhibited in his latest release, "Nothing But Blue Sky."

Christopher Louden of the internationally recognized jazz publication Jazz Times explains. "His is a talent that deserves to flourish. Comparisons will be made to Kurt Elling and they're valid. His jazz instincts are just as acute, his instrument just as finely tuned. great American jazz singer."

The concert is at 3 Langsford Rd in Kennebunkport. For more info, call 207-467-5310.

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