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Early Jazz & Blues Christmas Music

12/16/10 9:00PM By George Thomas

We hear some early Christmas songs including two fairly obscure Duke Ellington songs, one sacred with Lena Horne singing and one secular blues. Django Reinhardt brings life to "Christmas Swing" and the wry wit of Bob Dorough brings us "Blue Xmas" with Miles Davis on muted trumpet.



A Christmas Surprise
Artist Name: Duke Ellington
Composer: Duke Ellington
Soloists: Lena Horne-Vocals ; Billy Strayhorn-Piano
CD/Album: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
Record co./Cat #: RCAVictor 63386-2
Release Year: 1965


Santa Claus, Bring My Man Back To Me
Artist Name: Ozie Ware Soprano With "Hot Five"
Composer: Porter Grainger
Soloists: Ozie Ware-Vocals ; Duke Ellington-Piano
CD/Album: The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
Record co./Cat #: RCAVictor 63386-2
Release Year: 1928


Christmas Swing
Artist Name: Michel Warlop et Son Orchestre
Composer: Django Reinhardt
Soloists: Django Reinhardt-Guitar ; Michel Warlop-Violin
CD/Album: The Gypsy Guitarist
Record co./Cat #: Past Perfect 204282
Release Year: 1937


You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Artist Name: Will Patton Ensemble
Composer: Cole Porter
Soloists: Will Patton-Mandolin
CD/Album: Peripherique
Record co./Cat #: King's Hill Music 1202
Release Year: 2002


Santa Claus Is Comiing To Town
Artist Name: Kermit Ruffins
Composer: J. Fred Coots, Gillespie
Soloists: Kermit Ruffins-Vocals, Trumpet
CD/Album: Have A Crazy Cool Christmas!
Record co./Cat #: Basin Street Records 0109-2
Release Year: 2009


Dancing In The Dark
Artist Name: Bill Charlap - Renee Rosnes
Composer: Howard Deitz & Arthur Schwartz
Soloists: Bill Charlap-Piano ; Renee Rosnes-Piano
CD/Album: Double Portrait
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 27560-2
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Snow Fall
Artist Name: Jackie Allen & Judy Roberts
Composer: Claude Thornhill
Soloists: Jackie Allen-Vocals ; Judy Roberts-Vocals, Piano
CD/Album: Santa Baby
Record co./Cat #: www.jackieallen.com
Release Year: 2002


Sleigh Ride
Artist Name: Duke Pearson
Composer: Leroy Anderson
Soloists: Duke Pearson-Piano, Celeste
CD/Album: Ultimate Jazz Christmas
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 63527 2
Release Year: 1969


Love For Sale
Artist Name: Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb
Composer: Cole Porter
Soloists: Hadley Caliman-Tenor Sax ; Pete Christlieb-Tenor Sax
CD/Album: Reunion
Record co./Cat #: Origin Records 82569
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


After Hours
Artist Name: Matthias Lupri
Composer: Matthias Lupri
Soloists: Matthias Lupri-Vibes ; Kurt Rosenwinkel-Guitar ; Mark Turner-Soprano Sax
CD/Album: After Hours
Record co./Cat #: Summit Records 549
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Artist Name: Michael Dease
Composer: Michael Dease
Soloists: Michael Dease-Trombone ; Cyrus Chestnut-Piano ; Claudio Roditi-Flugelhorn
CD/Album: Grace
Record co./Cat #: Jazz Legacy Productions 1001009
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Christmas Waltz
Artist Name: Dave McKenna
Composer: Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne
Soloists: Dave McKenna-Piano
CD/Album: Christmas Ivory
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4772-2
Release Year: 1997


Winter Wonderland
Artist Name: Eddie Higgins Trio
Composer: Richard Smith, Felix Bernard
Soloists: Eddie Higgins-Piano
CD/Album: Christmas Songs
Record co./Cat #: Sunnyside 1143
Release Year: 2005


Riverboat Shuffle
Artist Name: Ken Peplowski
Composer: Hoagy Carmichael
Soloists: Ken Peplowski-Tenor Sax ; Shelley Berg-Piano
CD/Album: Noir Blue
Record co./Cat #: Capri Records 74098-2
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


The Water Is Wide
Artist Name: Charles Lloyd Quartet
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Charles Lloyd-Tenor Sax ; Jason Moran-Piano
CD/Album: Mirrors
Record co./Cat #: ECM 2176
Release Year: 2010
Note: In Concert: 1.23.2011 Flynn Center, Burlington


I'll Be Home For Christmas
Artist Name: Mary Stallings
Composer: Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram
Soloists: Mary Stallings-Vocals ; Bruce Barth-Piano
CD/Album: MaxJazz Holiday
Record co./Cat #: MaxJazz 301
Release Year: 2001


In The Garden Of The Eternal Optimist
Artist Name: Pete Malinverni Trio
Composer: Pete Malinverni
Soloists: Pete Malinverni-Piano
CD/Album: A Beautiful Thing!
Record co./Cat #: Saranac Records 1009
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Blue Xmas
Artist Name: Bob Dorough
Composer: Bob Dorough
Soloists: Bob Dorough-Vocals & Piano ; Miles Davis-Trumpet
CD/Album: Miles Davis & Gill Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
Record co./Cat #: Columbia/Legacy 67397
Release Year: 1962


I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Artist Name: Dr. Lonnie Smith
Composer: Rodgers & Hart
Soloists: Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond Organ ; Jonathan Kreisberg-Guitar
CD/Album: Spiral
Record co./Cat #: Palmetto Records 2142
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


The Kind Of Girl She Is
Artist Name: Russell Malone
Composer: Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Dave Grusin
Soloists: Russell Malone-Guitar
CD/Album: Triple Play
Record co./Cat #: MaxJazz 607
Release Year: 2010
Note: New


Silent State
Artist Name: Sahib Shihab
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Sahib Shihab-Tenor Sax ; Walter Davis Jr.-Piano
CD/Album: An Uptown Christmas
Record co./Cat #: Uptown Records 2733
Release Year: 1988
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