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Christmas Jazz & Best of 2011

12/22/11 9:00PM By George Thomas

We wallow in Christmas Jazz tonight, playing many "snow" songs in an attempt to influence Mother Nature to cover us in the traditional White Christmas covering. Louis Armstrong and Kermit Ruffins cover Christmas in New Orleans and the pianos of Ralph Sutton, Dave McKenna and George Shearing stride into the holiday.



Going Home
Artist Name: Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Hank Jones-Piano ; Charlie Haden-Bass
CD/Album: Come Sunday
Record co./Cat #: Decca
Release Year: 2012
Note: New


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Artist Name: Bill Evans Trio
Composer: H. Gillespie, J. Coots
Soloists: Bill Evans-Piano ; Gary Peacock-Bass ; Paul Motian-Drums
CD/Album: Trio 64
Record co./Cat #: Verve 815 057-2
Release Year: 1963


What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin'?)
Artist Name: Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang
Composer: Louis Prima
Soloists: Louis Prima-Trumpet, Vocals
CD/Album: Santa Claus Blues
Record co./Cat #: Jass 3
Release Year: 1936


Medley: I Love The Winter Weather / I've Got My Love To Keep me Warm
Artist Name: Jane Monheit
Composer: H. Jaffe / Irving Berlin
Soloists: Jane Monheit-Vocals ; Michael Kanin-Piano ; Andy Snitzer-Tenor Sax
CD/Album: The Season
Record co./Cat #: Epic 97721
Release Year: 2005


Winter Wonderland
Artist Name: Eddie Higgins Trio
Composer: Felix Bernard, Dick Smith
Soloists: Eddie Higgins-Piano ; Joe Ascione-Drums ; Jat Leonhart-Bass
CD/Album: Christmas Songs
Record co./Cat #: Sunnyside 1143
Release Year: 2004


Let It Snow
Artist Name: Doug Monro and La Pompe Attack
Composer: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Soloists: Doug Monro-Guitar
CD/Album: A Very Gypsy Christmas
Record co./Cat #: GotMusic Records 002
Release Year: 2011
Note: New


Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney
Artist Name: Ella Fitzgerald
Composer: Moore, Handy
Soloists: Ella Fitzgerald-Vocals
CD/Album: Santa Claus Blues
Record co./Cat #: Jass Records 3
Release Year: 1950


God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
Artist Name: Harry Allen
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Harry Allen-Tenor Sax ; Larry Goldings-Organ ; Peter Bernstein-Guitar ; Jake Hanna-Drums
CD/Album: Christmas In Swingtime
Record co./Cat #: Koch Jazz 51409
Release Year: 2001


Why Can't Everyday Be Christmas?
Artist Name: Jackie Allen & Judy Roberts
Composer: Skoller
Soloists: Jackie Allen-Vocals ; Judy Roberts-Piano
CD/Album: Santa Baby
Record co./Cat #: JackieAllen.com
Release Year: 2002


Out Of This World
Artist Name: Ted Rosenthal Trio
Composer: Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
Soloists: Ted Rosenthal-Piano
CD/Album: Out Of This World
Record co./Cat #: Playscape Recordings 031010
Release Year: 2011
Note: New


Home For The Holidays
Artist Name: Betty Carter
Composer: Al Stillman, Robert Allen
Soloists: Betty Carter-Vocals ; Ron Blake-Tenor Sax ; Nicholas Payton-Trumpet
CD/Album: Jazz For Joy
Record co./Cat #: Verve 314 531 960-2
Release Year: 1996


I'll Be Home For Christmas
Artist Name: Dave McKenna
Soloists: Dave McKenna-Piano
CD/Album: Christmas Ivory
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4772-2
Release Year: 1997


In A Hurry
Artist Name: Christian McBride Big Band
Composer: Christian McBride
Soloists: Christian McBride-Bass ; Ron Blake-Tenor Sax ; Freddie Hendrix-Trumpet
CD/Album: The Good Feeling
Record co./Cat #: Mack Avenue 1053
Release Year: 2011
Note: New


Jingle Bell Rock
Artist Name: John Hicks
Composer: Beal, Boothe
Soloists: John Hicks-Piano
CD/Album: A Merry Jazzmas
Record co./Cat #: Novus 63126-2
Release Year: 1991


Go Tell It On The Mountain
Artist Name: Phillip Manuel
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Phillip Manuel-Vocals ; Peter Martin-Piano
CD/Album: MaxJazz Holiday
Record co./Cat #: MaxJazz 301
Release Year: 2001


An Apple, An Orange And A Little Stick Doll
Artist Name: Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham And The Sweet Baby Blues Band
Composer: Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham
Soloists: Jeannie Cheatham-Piano, Vocals ; Jimmy Cheatham-Bass Trombone
CD/Album: A Concord Jazz Christmas
Record co./Cat #: Concord Jazz 4613
Release Year: 1993


We Three Kings
Artist Name: Jim Galloway, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Ralph Sutton
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Jim Galloway-Soprano Sax ; Milt Hinton-Bass ; Ralph Sutton-Piano
CD/Album: The Sackville All Star Christmas Record
Record co./Cat #: Sackville 3038
Release Year: 1986


Cool Yule
Artist Name: Louis Armstrong with The Commmanders
Composer: Allen
Soloists: Louis Armstrong-Vocals & Trumpet
CD/Album: Santa Claus Blues
Record co./Cat #: Jass Records 3
Release Year: 1953


Crazy Cool Christmas
Artist Name: Kermit Ruffins
Composer: Kermit Ruffins
Soloists: Kermit Ruffins-Vocals, Trumpet
CD/Album: Have A Crazy Cool Christmas!
Record co./Cat #: Basin Street Records 0109-2
Release Year: 2009


Joy To The Jingle
Artist Name: Ralph Sutton & Jay McShann
Composer: Ralph Sutton, Jay McShann
Soloists: Ralph Sutton-Piano ; Jay McShann-Piano
CD/Album: A Chiaroscuro Christmas
Record co./Cat #: Chiaroscuro Records 332
Release Year: 1995


Ding Dong! Merrily On High
Artist Name: The George Shearing Quintet
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: George Shearing-Piano
CD/Album: Christmas With The George Shearing Quintet
Record co./Cat #: Telarc Jazz 83438
Release Year: 1998


Artist Name: Terell Stafford
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Soloists: Terell Stafford-Trumpet ; Tim Warfield-Tenor Sax ; Bruce Barth-Piano
CD/Album: This Side Of Strayhorn
Record co./Cat #: MaxJazz 408
Release Year: 2011
Note: New


White Christmas
Artist Name: Ray Brown Trio
Composer: Irving Berlin
Soloists: Vanessa Rubin-Vocals ; Ray Brown-Bass ; Geoffrey Keezer-Piano
CD/Album: Christmas Songs
Record co./Cat #: Telarc Jazz 83437
Release Year: 1999
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