Holiday season in NYC is heating up — last night I had the treat of hearing Freddy Cole at Birdland with a killing band of great musicians and some of my favorite people. Freddy has a way of understating the lyric, to the point where you feel as the listener you’re eavesdropping on his inner thoughts. I’m arranging a little mashup of “We Three Kings/Silent Night” for a church service on Christmas Eve day – after which I will be making paella and drinking copious amounts of dry Riesling. Happy Holidays!