A Boogie Woogie Christmas

Today I get to do something very special for a dear friend: I’m driving to the residential care facility where he lives; picking him up in his specially lift-equipped van; and I’m bringing him to his house for a Christmas dinner. After a 40 year battle with multiple sclerosis, Don is no longer able to live at home, and just went into a care home 2 weeks ago.

So while his wife is at home making a Christmas dinner, I’ll do the 100 Km—that’s 60 miles for my US readers—there and back drive to go pick him up. This way his wife only has to do the return trip once.

Before my Don lost much of hand function to MS, he played piano, and was involved Jazz Society in Vancouver. Although he no longer can play himself, he still loves live music.  

Whenever it’s possible, Don comes out to support my bands, and my jazz band—The Bassic Sax Jazz Ensemble—played at Don and Carroll’s vow renewal.

Nothing says piano like boogie woogie, and when I heard this Dave Koz and Brenda Russell version of Boogie Woogie Santa Claus last night, my mind immediately went to Don.

This song is from Koz’s 2001 CD titled: Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas. You gotta’ love that big band sound.

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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

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