Featuring some of the best loved films of Spokane’s own Bing Crosby, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer and a special live musical performance, A Tribute to “White Christmas” at 75,” by Hot Club of Spokane, a group of local musicians dedicated to the preservation of jazz, swing and blues.
The festival begins with the 10:30 a.m. showing of Bing Crosby’s traditional and much beloved holiday film White Christmas (1954), which also stars Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye. The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, shows at 1 p.m.
Birth of the Blues (1941) will be shown at 4 p.m. The film also features Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy, with brief appearances by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman.
This year’s Festival will feature a live tribute to “White Christmas” and to the works of Spokane music royalty — Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and Al Rinker. Spokane’s own Hot Club of Spokane will present a program at 6 p.m. that features several singers, a dozen top musicians, and historic films of the 1920s and 1930s.
At 7:30 the festival concludes with a repeat showing of the classic White Christmas.