Jazz for the Holiday Season, from WBGO

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With the holiday season comes the music for spending time with holly and mistletoe — and perhaps too many visits to the local mall. Every year, new interpretations of holiday classics come pouring in.

Truth be told, we really don't need a new tempo on "O, Tannenbaum," and the nights are holy enough, thank you. That said, here are some great suggestions for eggnog and yule logs.

Jazz for the Holiday Season, from WBGO

Nat King Cole

"The Christmas Song"

  • Artist: Nat King Cole
  • Album: The Christmas Song
  • Song: The Christmas Song

Even if you hate chestnuts, this is a must for the season.

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  • "The Christmas Song"
  • Album: The Christmas Song
  • Artist: Nat King Cole
  • Label: Capitol
  • Released: 1963
 
Oliver Jones

"Let It Snow"

  • Artist: Oliver Jones
  • Album: Yuletide Swing
  • Song: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Pianist Oliver Jones hails from Canada, and you can tell he's seen the Oscar Peterson eclipse many times. Once music director for the Montreal Jubilation Choir, he has a great soulful style. Santa has never come to town like this.

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  • "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
  • Album: Yuletide Swing
  • Artist: Oliver Jones
  • Label: Justin Time
  • Released: 1994
 
Yule Struttin'

"Jingle Bells" (Count Basie)

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Yule Struttin': A Blue Note Christmas
  • Song: Jingle Bells

Chet Baker's "Winter Wonderland." Dexter Gordon wishing you a Merry Christmas. Even John Scofield getting seasonal with the 'Chipmunks' theme. And of course, the Basie band.

 
Putumayo

"Please Come Home for Christmas" (Papa Don Vappie's New Orleans Jazz Band)

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas
  • Song: Please Come Home for Christmas

Deck the halls with soul, jazz and blues classics done the Big Easy way. Heritage Hall Jazz Band, Ellis Marsalis, John Boutte and New Birth Brass Band are all featured here.

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  • "Please Come Home for Christmas"
  • Album: New Orleans Christmas
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
 
Savoy

"White Christmas" (Big Maybelle)

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Savoy Christmas Blues
  • Song: White Christmas

Not your typical holiday fare here. Little Esther with Johnny Otis, The Ravens, Big Maybelle, Charlie Parker's "White Christmas" and Slam Stewart letting you in on "Santa's Secret" are some of the reasons why.

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  • "White Christmas"
  • Album: Savoy Christmas Blues
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Savoy
  • Released: 2003
 

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