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Jake Bautista Plays Bessie Smith’s “At The Christmas Ball” – VIDEO

BREWSTER – Jake Bautista, playing at his first Christmas Cavalcade For The Homeless, pulled out a Bessie Smith song from 1925, “At The Christmas Ball.”

It would be a surprise not to be surprised at the Christmas Cavalcade For the Homeless, and Bautista and his band, Rick Barry on bass and Richard “Dicky” Buck on drums, delivered this stunning performance early in the show.

The Christmas Cavalcade For the Homeless raises money for the Housing Assistance Corporation and their work with homeless individuals and families. This year, it was held at the Ocean Edge in Brewster.

Jake Bautista at the Cavalcade

Jake Bautista

The concert is organized by Chandler Travis, leader of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and several other bands. This was the 13th year, and every year Travis adds a “rookie” or two to the concert.

This is what a “rookie” sounds like at the Cavalcade. We believe he’s on his way to an all star career. We’ll be watching for bigger things.

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See also Johnny Spampinato Christmas Instrumental, “Sleigh Bells” VIDEO


Here are our previous stories and VIDEOS from past years of the Christmas Cavalcade.

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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