Grammy Award winner Kirk Whalum presents his 8th Annual A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas Tour with John Stoddart and Kevin Whalum, along with this year’s featured guests, vocalist Maysa, guitarist Adam Hawley, and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.
Kirk Whalum took home the Grammy in 2011 for Best Gospel Song for “It’s What I Do” off The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III, part of his ongoing spiritual jazz series.
Beginning with his early days in Memphis, veteran saxophonist Kirk Whalum has continually drawn inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city, including gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz. Following his emergence in the mid-’80s, Whalum gained acclaim for his cross-pollinated sound, drawing comparisons to artists like John Coltrane and Grover Washington, Jr.
Having played the saxophone solo on Whitney Houston’s classic 1992 version of “I Will Always Love You,” Whalum remained connected to the R&B world, covering the songs of artists like Babyface, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and others. (Allmusic)