Holiday Specials

Occasional Shivers

Occasional Shiver

"Occasional Shivers" is a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age. Hosted by jazz great Branford Marsalis, and composed by Southern pop icon Chris Stamey, "Occasional Shivers" is a unique radio drama set in 1960s Manhattan.

With music, song and dialogue, this hour-long special tells the story of two young lovers who meet at a pair of Christmas parties. The music is new, but sounds straight up torch song, written in the tradition of the Great American Songbook.

The play features singers Nneena Freelon, Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon, Millie McGuire, Kirsten Lambert, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz and an all-star band that includes jazz greats Scott Sawyer, Will Campbell, John Brown and Bill Frisell. It is by turns a playful and bittersweet show that will sound thoroughly rooted in the season, but does so with all-original music, giving Frosty, Jingle Bells and Rudolph a rest. The show features approximately 22 minutes of talk and 37 minutes of music.

"Occasional Shivers" is produced by Chris Stamey and WUNC and is distributed by APM.


Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis (photo: Palma Kolansky)

About the Host
Branford Marsalis is arguably one of the most widely respected names in American music. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist who brings new energy and new audiences to the art of jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons to include those of composer, bandleader and educator. He is a 21st-Century mainstay of artistic excellence.


Chris Stamey, and WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio.

About the Producer
Chris Stamey Chris Stamey is the musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star international concert performances of Big Star's classic album Third, with a rotating musical cast that includes the Kronos Quartet, Ray Davies, members of Wilco, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and Yo La Tengo; Thank You, Friends, a full-production feature film of these arrangements in concert in Los Angeles, is being released in March 2017 on Concord. He first started playing music at the tail end of the 60s psychedelic-rock era, abandoned it to study classical composition, then was drawn back in eventually making a pair of now-classic albums, 1981's Stands for deciBels and 1982's Repercussion, with the dB's.


9:00 in five segments. There is NO newscast hole. The program features roughly 22 minutes of talk and 37 minutes of music. There will be two internal (:59) breaks. Please refer to the Rundown for full details.

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December 8, 2016 – January 1, 2017, with multiple airings permitted.

broadcast rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before January 1, 2017. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.


Uploaded to ContentDepot on November 16, 2016.