Christmas in the big city: singer Marjorie Barnes surely knows how to convey this overwhelming feeling. She grew up in New York and has lived in London, Paris and Vienna, before she settled in The Netherlands. She sang on Broadway, in major productions such as Hair and Dreamgirls, was part of the group The Fifth Dimension and collaborated with legends like Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Junior. In The Netherlands she has performed with many ensembles including the Metropole Orchestra, and she released the album Tenderly as a tribute to her great example Sarah Vaughan. The New Jazz Orchestra was founded by jazz maestro Henk Meutgeert and master pianist Peter Beets. Henk Meutgeert is known as a dynamic band leader and an energetic arranger. Peter Beets is an acclaimed pianist who can move an entire orchestra with his refined swing. Their long-standing collaboration has proven very fertile. For example, in 2010 they received an Edison Award for Blues for the Date. This album, which was recorded at the BIMHUIS with the Jazz Orchestra of The Concertgebouw, contains compositions by Peter Beets exclusively and was compiled, conducted and arranged by Meutgeert. The album was voted one of the five best large ensemble albums of 2010 by All About Jazz.