Chris “Big Dog” Davis, a Grammy-nominated producer and international touring musician and arranger, has released his first Christmas CD highlighting jazz, gospel, and hip-hop artists from the state. It’s called Christmas in Connecticut with Chris “Big Dog” Davis.
And, of course, Christmas in Connecticut, which will feature a variety of vocalists doing Davis-arranged Christmas standards in new ways. Davis called much of the music “hip-hopera,” a mix of his classical and hip-hop backgrounds. Dana Lauren performs a Sarah Vaughn-esque jazz version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.” Dawn Tallman does a gospelly “Silent Night” and a jazz-fusion “Drummer Boy.” It promises to be music you’ve heard over and over — and never before.
Chris giving back to the children with his music at the Stetson Library in New Haven, Connecticut: