Dec 4, 2014
Three Decembers ago I went whole-hog on the spirit of the season and posted a jazz tune daily in my “25 Days of Jazzmas” extravaganza. Many of you dropped me comments on how much you enjoyed learning about the various tunes and getting a chance to hear some holiday jazz that might normally go unplayed.
This year, I’m not going to do it again. I have a stressful job, and I'm getting ready to be a Grandfather for the first time. You can relate, and you understand (I hope).
But, in the spirit of the season, I encourage you to return to those postings of December 2011 to read and enjoy again. And if you are on the lazy side, here is a list of all the songs I uploaded and blogged about, along with direct links to their posting. Enjoy an early present from yours truly, and stay tuned for more Holiday podcasts and postings as the days go on.
Chris Bauer – “Christmas Time is Here” from In a Yuletide Groove.
Paquito D'Riveraand John Miller – “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” from God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen.
Michael Franks – “I Bought You A Plastic Star” from Watching the Show.
Dinah Washington – “Silent Night” from The Complete Dinah Washington On Mercury, Vol. 3: 1952-1954.
Ranee Lee and Oliver Jones – “The Christmas Waltz” fromA Celebration in Time
Joe Williams - "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" from That Holiday Feeling
Marcus Roberts Trio – “Winter Wonderland” from Celebrating Christmas.\
Dave Koz – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from Ultimate Christmas
Urbie Green and His All-Stars – “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer” from Cool Yuletide.
Bob Dorough and Miles Davis - "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)" from Jingle Bell Swing.
Charlie Parker – “White Christmas” from Jingle Bell Jam.
Alexis Cole - "Jesus Is the Best Part of Christmas" from The Greatest Gift.
Louis Armstrong - "' Zat You, Santa Claus?" from Hipster's Holiday: Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics.
Ray Charles – “That Spirit of Christmas” from The Spirit of Christmas.
Oscar Peterson – “Away in a Manger” fromAn Oscar Peterson Christmas.
Jimmy Smith – “The Christmas Song” from Christmas Cookin’
Duke Pearson – “Jingle Bells” from Merry Ole Soul
Frank Sinatra – “Mistletoe and Holly” from The Sinatra Christmas Album.
Chet Baker – “The First Noel” from Silent Nights.
Vince Guaraldi – “Skating” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea – “Deck the Halls” from Jingle Bell Swing.
The Heath Brothers – “O Little Town of Bethlehem” from A Jazz Christmas.