Char­lie Brown gig can­celled

Ottawa Citizen - - YOU - PETER HUM

The Ot­tawa Jazz Fes­ti­val has been forced to can­cel its now-tra­di­tional Char­lie Brown Christmas con­cert that was sched­uled for Dec. 12.

The con­cert’s star mu­si­cian, Hal­i­fax drum­mer Jerry Granelli, has been hos­pi­tal­ized with pneu­mo­nia and has had to can­cel his tour­ing, the fes­ti­val’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Catherine O’Grady posted on Face­book. All ticket hold­ers will be re­funded in two to three busi­ness days, the fes­ti­val’s web­site says.

The 76-year-old Granelli, who per­formed on the sound­track of the beloved 1965 Christmas spe­cial, has played a Char­lie Brown­themed con­cert in Ot­tawa ev­ery De­cem­ber since 2013.

“I was look­ing for­ward to joining you all again for the cel­e­bra­tion of life, fam­ily and the joy that Char­lie Brown has some­how come to mean for us all,” Granelli wrote in a mes­sage. “Two months ago, I con­tracted pneu­mo­nia, and I thought I had it beat. Un­for­tu­nately, a re­cent visit to my doc­tor has shown that it is back. To make sure I get bet­ter, I have to check into the hos­pi­tal this week and can­not leave Hal­i­fax.

“I hope to see you next time and as the chil­dren shout at the end of the con­cert: Merry Christmas!” Granelli con­cluded.

“We’ll do it all next year with Snoopy, Lucy, Char­lie Brown, Li­nus et al,” O’Grady wrote.

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