Tim Warfield, a York native and musician, comes to the area.
Tim Warfield, a York native and musician, comes to the area. (SUBMITTED)

Tim Warfield loves family holidays. In fact, the York native tries to make it home every year for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

This year, he's bringing the band.

An accomplished saxophonist, Warfield leads a cast of heavy musical hitters into the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Saturday for a one-time performance of "Tim Warfield's All Star Jazzy Christmas."

The set list is packed with the usual holiday standards - such as "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night" - but "created through the mind of Tim Warfield," he said.

Warfield, who attended both William Penn Senior High School in York and Howard University in Washington, D.C., said he drew on his mother's holiday records to find songs to perform during the season. That led to tinkering with the arrangements as the venues grew.

The arrangements, all by Warfield with the exception of two, represent a unique mix of jazz with elements from the blues, swing, Latin, African and a host of other traditions, Warfield said.

"It's just how I think about things," he said. "The premise is an improvisational method."

The band, several of whom have been nominated for Grammys, includes trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Clarence Penn and vocalist Joanna Pascale. All but Pascale are seasoned musicians, Warfield said.

Warfield began studying the alto saxophone at 9-years-old.


He switched to tenor saxophone during his first year at William Penn, where he participated in various musical ensembles, winning many jazz soloist awards.

He has made several

television appearances including the "Today Show" and Bill Cosby's "You Bet Your Life," where he was a member of the house band. He is presently an artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Cumberland County.

While Warfield has

performed a few live concerts in downtown York, this will be the first time he performs with his own band.

"To be able to present this for the people of my hometown is actually an honor and I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun," he said.

The show includes two sets about 45 minutes each with an intermission. For a preview of the show, go to YouTube and search "Tim Warfield Christmas show" or "Tim Warfield Little Drummer Boy."

If you go

WHAT: "Tim Warfield's All Star Jazzy Christmas"

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York

COST: $20, $31, $35

DETAILS: Visit www.mystrandcapitol.org