Cajun Carols: New Orleans Christmas Jazz

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In New Orleans, December brings only faux snow, so Papa Noel packs his presents on a pirogue (canoe) pulled by alligators. Feux de Joie bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River to light his way to the bayous. Papa might not have a stereo on board, but if he does, you might hear a few of these Cajun carols around the Crescent City area.

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Cajun Carols: New Orleans Christmas Jazz

A New Orleans Christmas

New Birth Brass Band

  • Album: New Orleans Christmas
  • Song: Santa's Second Line

Tired of jingling bells? Are bland department-store Christmas-music mixes driving you nuts? Try a shout-out to Santa Claus with a second-line parade. The New Birth Brass Band mixes a lot of traditional New Orleans jazz with a little bit of funk in this lively march-along.

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Dukes of Dixieland

  • Album: Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas
  • Song: Holiday Time in New Orleans

These longtime New Orleans jazz ambassadors swing through the distinct holiday sounds of Southern Louisiana. This compilation features many New Orleans notables, including Ellis Marsalis, Heritage Hall Jazz Band, Banu Gibson and Dukes of Dixieland.

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Song
Holiday Time in New Orleans
Album
Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Putumayo World Music
Released
2006

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'Zat You Santa Claus

Banu Gibson

  • Album: Zat You, Santa Claus?
  • Song: Christmas on the Bayou

A different kind of tinsel decorates some of the trees in the bayous this season, as Banu Gibson illustrates: "The Spanish moss is shimmerin' in the season's festive-colored lights." Her voice hearkens back to musical styles of the 1920s in this celebration of a Louisiana-style holiday.

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Song
Christmas on the Bayou
Album
Zat You, Santa Claus?
Artist
Banu Gibson
Label
Swing Out
Released
1995

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Louis Armstrong

  • Album: Traditional Jazz Christmas
  • Song: Christmas in New Orleans

Louis Armstrong sings of things that give New Orleans a special Christmas spirit. Wintry-white cotton fields stand in for snow. Where's Santa? Look for the man in the red suit, strutting with a brass band down Basin Street. This compilation also features traditional holiday songs performed by the likes of Ramsey Lewis, Lionel Hampton and Mel Torme.

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Song
Christmas in New Orleans
Album
Traditional Jazz Christmas
Artist
Various Artists
Label
GRP

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Christmas With the Heritage Hall Jazz Band

Heritage Hall

  • Album: Christmas with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band
  • Song: Silver Bells

Retire your old Bing Crosby version of this holiday classic for a moment — yes, set aside Alvin and the Chipmunks, too — and listen to the sounds of Christmastime, Crescent City-style. After the requisite jingling bells shake out an intro, the song turns into a swinging traditional jazz tune. A little bit of trombone is enough to the season bright.

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Song
Silver Bells
Album
Christmas with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band
Artist
Heritage Hall
Label
Laserlight
Released
1995

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New Orleans Christmas

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Album
New Orleans Christmas
Artist
Allen Toussaint
Label
Nyno
Released
1997

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