"Occasional Shivers" is a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age. Hosted by jazz great Branford Marsalis, and composed by Southern pop icon Chris Stamey, "Occasional Shivers" is a unique radio drama set in 1960s Manhattan.
With music, song and dialogue, this hour-long special tells the story of two young lovers who meet at a pair of Christmas parties. The music is new, but sounds straight up torch song, written in the tradition of the Great American Songbook.
The play features singers Nneena Freelon, Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon, Millie McGuire, Kirsten Lambert, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz and an all-star band that includes jazz greats Scott Sawyer, Will Campbell, John Brown and Bill Frisell. It is by turns a playful and bittersweet show that will sound thoroughly rooted in the season, but does so with all-original music, giving Frosty, Jingle Bells and Rudolph a rest.