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Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

25 Days of Jazzmass: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Dec 6, 2011

Since we talked about Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne yesterday, why not trot out their other holday classic? Click here for Joe Williams' inimitable vocal stylings on the song, which can be found on his 1990 release That Holiday Feeling. And what a band he put together to support him on this one - Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone); Norman Simmons, Ellis Larkins (piano); Kenny Burrell, Ted Dunbar (guitar); Bob Cranshaw, Paul West (bass); and Dennis Mackrel (drums).

The song was supposedly written in July 1945 in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record. First recorded by Vaughn Monrie, it became a popular hit, reaching number one on the Billboard music charts the following year. One of the best-selling songs of all time, "Let It Snow!" has been covered countless times and is usally lumped in with other Christmas songs. However, despite the song's cheery, holiday feel, it is a love song that never mentions Christmas or any other solstice holiday.