Aretha Franklin Performs ‘O Tannenbaum’: Pro-Shot Video


Aretha Franklin made a surprise appearance during Wynton Marsalis‘ Big Band Holidays concert at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2015. Previously unreleased pro-shot video featuring Aretha’s solo performance of “O Tannenbaum” from the concert has been shared, while the recently issued Big Band Holidays II compilation includes audio of the tune.

Big Band Holidays II collects highlights from Wynton and the Jazz At Lincoln Center’s 2015 – 2018 Big Band Holidays concerts. Other guest vocalists who appear on the 11-track follow-up to 2015’s Big Band Holidays include Veronica Swift, Catherine Russell and Denzal Sinclaire. Franklin, who died in August of 2018, previously recorded a version of “O Tannenbaum” for the 1992 compilation A Very Special Christmas 2.

Watch Aretha’s stunning rendition of “O Tannenbaum,” which premiered via NPR, below: