Magnolia) and producing artists ranging from Elliott Smith to Kanye West, his monthly residency at Largo, now in its 20th year, has made him a local institution. While any show of Brion’s is an off-the-cuff, multi-instrument exploration that could go in any conceivable direction, December shows tend to be especially memorable. Highlights from Decembers past include Brion playing piano while comedian John C. Reilly read satirical letters to Santa, and Fiona Apple mashing up holiday whimsy with The Police’s “Roxanne” (“Rudolph, you don’t have to put on the red nose”). Other recent surprise guests have included Judd Apatow, Margaret Cho, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Grant-Lee Phillips, Adam Sandler, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).
While Jon Brion is best known for writing Grammy-nominated film scores (