Songs of Sparkle

Singer Jeannie Walla Presents an Evening of Jazzy Christmas Tunes in Willits

Jeannie Walla is one of the valley’s most cherished artistic luminaries. A local resident since 1974, when she moved to Aspen seeking a job with the now-shuttered Crystal Palace dinner theater, Walla is a musical chameleon and actress who has graced stages across the region. Perhaps you’ve seen her headlining a play, crooning big band tunes with Symphony in the Valley, singing to the back row in a beloved Broadway musical, or performing sacred music at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Or, maybe you tune in to her weekly jazz program on Aspen Public Radio. If you’re really lucky, perhaps you’ve even been the recipient of an original tune from her singing telegram business, Melody Messages.

“It’s true what they say—that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” she says. “I’m very lucky that I’ve been able to live here and find so many opportunities to do what I love.”

This month, locals have the chance to celebrate the season with Walla. In a one-night-only performance of holiday classics and fun surprises, she gathers her band of talented regional musicians for an evening of Christmas jazz at The Temporary in Willits. Whether you’re new to Walla’s voice or have been a fan for decades, this special event showcases the sparkle she brings to the cultural landscape of our valley.

And if you can’t make it to the show? Check out Walla’s playlist of 10 personal Christmas favorites below, perfect for lively holiday gatherings throughout December.

The Temporary presents “A Jazzy Christmas with Jeannie Walla and Friends,” December 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15/advance, $20/day-of. TACAW.org

Jeannie’s Jazzy Christmas Playlist

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” Diana Krall

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Brenda Lee

“White Christmas” Bing Crosby

“Christmas Song” Nat King Cole

“Santa Baby” Eartha Kitt

“Christmas Bossa Nova” Jan Garrett

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Ella Fitzgerald

“Mary’s Boy Child” Harry Belafonte

“The Christmas Waltz” Frank Sinatra

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Dean Martin