If you are looking for some jazz in holiday style to get your hands on, you might want to consider these Christmas jazz albums. Some might be more of a challenge to track down than others. Also, this Friday morning (Christmas Eve) at midnight, I will be broadcasting Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite in its entirety. Western Washington listeners can catch in on 88.5 FM, and everybody else can hear it at kplu.org.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi (Fantasy, 1965)
Crescent City Christmas Card – Wynton Marsalis (Sony Music Distribution, 1990)
Django Bells – The Gypsy Hombres (Memphis International, 2002)
Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 1960)
Jingle Bell Jazz (Compilation) – Various Artists (Columbia, 1990)
Smashed For The Holidays – Jacqui Naylor (Ruby Records, 2007)
Sound of Christmas – Ramsey Lewis (Chess, 1961)
Christmas Jazz Jam – Wynton Marsalis (Somerset Entertainment, 2009)
Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas – Kenny Burrell (Verve, 1966)
20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong (Hip-O Records, 2003)
Christmas Time is Here – Dianne Reeves (Blue Note Records, 2004)
Christmas ’64 – Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1964)
A Merry Christmas! – Stan Kenton (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
The Spirit of Christmas – Ray Charles (Rhino, 1985)
Christmas Songs with the Ray Brown Trio – Ray Brown (Telarc Distribution, 1999)
Jazz For Joy (Compilation) – Various Artists (Polygram, 1996)
A Swingin’ Christmas – Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Big Band (RPM, 2008)
Christmas with Jimmy McGriff – Jimmy McGriff (Collectible Records, 1964)
Christmas Songs – Diana Krall (Verve, 2005)
Merry Christmas From Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Orchestra – Doc Severinsen (Amherst Records, 1991)
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