The Singers Unlimited: “Nigh Bethlehem”.

Alfred Shaddick Burt (1920 - 1954)

Six of the songs on the great  “Christmas” album by Singers Unlimited are original compositions by the jazz trumpeter Alfred S. Burt. The texts are by his father Bates Burt who was a rector at an Episocopalian church in Pontiac (Michigan). Burt senior had a tradition of sending an original carol to family, friends an parishioners as a Christmas card. He wrote both the music and the words of faith until his son Alfred took it upon him to write the music. Alfred was a gifted musician and became a well known jazz trumpeter and composer who also wrote a lot of original carols. Six of them have been recorded by The Singers Unlimited with arrangements of ex-HiLo’s leader Gene Purling. “Nigh Bethlehem” is a beautiful Christmas Carol and demonstrates the skills of both Burt and Purling. I do not own the rights but consider the use on this blog as “fair use” as there are no commercial intentions. All information of the Burt family can be found on Alfred Burt’s Carol Website. Click on the link below to hear “Nigh Bethlehem” by Singers Unlimited.

07 Nigh Bethlehem by Singers Unlimited from the “Christmas” Album.

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