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Deck The Halls

December 18, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Deck The Halls Event Franklin, Tennessee - David Ian.

Deck The Halls – David Ian – Franklin, TN

How does an ear-splitting, note-shredding rock guitarist who leaps off amps in concert end up releasing albums of mellow, jazz-oriented Christmas songs? While most people would think such a scenario improbable, to say the least, David Ian views it as a natural progression in a multifaceted music career. Born in Toronto, Canada to Armenian immigrant parents, Ian came early to music, beginning classical piano study at age five. A few years later, he experienced a moment of epiphany: “After seeing Back to the Future, I realized that playing guitar was my destiny. It really wasn’t even a choice.”

Ian performed in a number of garage bands throughout junior high and high school, and after graduating from college became lead guitarist in the acclaimed band Church of Rhythm. That group eventually morphed into the even more successful rock group Superchick, which earned a Grammy nomination award in 2009 for best Rock/Rap Gospel Album. But Ian was no one trick pony.

As a teen, he studied jazz piano with noted teacher Pat Pace, and joined with fellow students to help initiate the jazz lab curriculum at his high school in Akron, Ohio. When he conceived the idea of recording his first Christmas record “Vintage Christmas”, he drew inspiration from two legendary jazz pianists. “I tried to capture some of the essence of the gorgeous voicing and phrasing of Bill Evans in his interpretations of ballads, as well as the festive approach of Vince Guaraldi, particularly his injection of the blues.”

Taking proud place in this music lineage are David Ian’s “Vintage Christmas”, “Vintage Christmas Wonderland”, and his newest “Vintage Christmas Trio” which all breathe new life into a set of familiar Christmas classics in relaxed, swinging arrangements that capture the spirit of the season while respecting the sanctity of the material. Rather than burying the songs under a wall of sound, Ian has opted for a small jazz combo that places the accent firmly on their melodic and lyrical content.

The first two releases feature a beguiling blend of instrumental and vocal versions while his new release “Vintage Christmas Trio” features the instrumental trio and highlights the piano arrangements in a pure sense. “His third and best holiday release” states Frank-John Hadley (Downbeat Magazine December 2017) in his four-star review of the newest album. “Ian has an intelligent playing style, always avoiding the weak emotion that plagues less thoughtful musicians.” His jazz recordings have turned heads of critics from The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The LA Times, The Associated Press, and Downbeat Magazine.

“I believe the meaning of Christmas to be one of hope in someone greater than ourselves; in the birth of a Savior who ensures that the world need not bear its burdens alone. My objective with these arrangements is to help direct the listener to that sense of hope” says Ian. It goes without saying that Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without all of the trimmings: a fresh-cut tree draped in baubles, bangles and beads, twinkling lights adorning eaves and windows, strategically placed mistletoe, a turkey in the oven and eggnog in the fridge. But it just doesn’t feel like the holidays until you’ve got those familiar Christmas tunes spreading good cheer from your speakers.

So, deck the halls with boughs and holly. Roast some chestnuts by the fire. Walk in a winter wonderland. Be merry and bright. Be joyful and triumphant. Join David Ian’s live Christmas experience. You’re guaranteed to have yourself a swinging little Christmas.