San Francisco-born drummer Jerry Granelli was a fixture on the Bay Area hard bop scene plus did psychedelic sessions for such luminaries as Sly Stone in the ‘60s. He and bassist Fred Marshall formed the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s rhythm section. In 1965, pianist Guaraldi was commissioned to write the music for an animated half-hour Christmas special featuring characters from Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts.
The sole, surviving member of the original recording group, Granelli with bassist Simon Fisk and pianist Chris Gestrin revisit the now legendary session. They’ll again be joined by a charming local children’s choir.