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A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist

 

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The table is set, the lights are turned down just the right amount to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company.

Now shove the kids in another room with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult.

Hit shuffle on your Christmas Party Playlist and in the words of my favorite Jazz DJ Larry Smith “Sit back, relax, and let’s swing together.”

 

A Swinging Jazz Christmas Playlist

The top links go straight to YouTube (at the bottom is the complete YouTube playlist)

The starred links* go to  iTunes so you can download your own

 

Merry Christmas Baby – Kenny Burrell and Richard Evans
*Merry Christmas Baby – Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bill Evans
*Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

We Three Kings – Ralph Sutton, Jim Galloway, Milt Hilton and Gus Johnson*
*We Three Kings – Christmas Jazz Greats (Extended Version)

White Christmas – Oscar Peterson
*White Christmas – An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Silent Night – Ellis Marsalis
*Silent Night (feat. Bill Huntington & Jason Marsalis) – A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Gold Edition)

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? – Ramsey Lewis
*What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Sound of Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Four Freshman*
*I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Snowfall

The Christmas Waltz – Beegie Adair
*The Christmas Waltz – Jazz Piano Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Butch Thompson*
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Yulestride

Oh Good Grief – Wynton and Ellis Marsalis
*Oh, Good Grief! – Joe Cool’s Blues

Christmas is Coming – David Benoit*
*Christmas Is Coming – 40 Years – A Charlie Brown Christmas

O Christmas Tree – Russell Malone
*O Christmas Tree – Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi
*Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition)

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Oliver Jones
*We Three Kings of Orient Are – A Celebration in Time

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Oliver Jones

Jingle Bells – Jimmy Smith
*Jingle Bells – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

The Christmas Song – Peter White
*The Christmas Song – Songs of the Season

 

Or listen to most of the list here by clicking play!

Thanks for listening!


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Cozy Up With Your Classic Christmas Standards Playlist!

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Every year you think you want it – something new. You are so sure that you start messing with your iPod, maybe playing with your Pandora or buying a few of those “Target special purchase” CD’s.

But then you realize; it just doesn’t matter. Some songs were done right that one time. You can listen to Martina McBride singing The Christmas Song, but you know it should have been Nat King Cole. Or how about Brad Paisley doing Winter Wonderland, no… not that, that should be Ella.

No matter what your confused, Christmas muddled brain is saying to you, some Christmas songs are meant to be heard this one way, they are classics for a reason. We get all warm and fuzzy remembering them from our childhood being sung just the way we want to hear them today.

 

A Holly Jolly Christmas – The Best Christmas Playlist Ever – The Versions You Remember

The first link takes you to YouTube or you can pop down to the bottom to click and hear the whole playlist. As always *the second link will take you to iTunes so you can own these songs yourself.

Silver Bells – Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald 
*Silver Bells – Silver Bells: Christmas Classics

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
*It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – The Andy Williams Christmas Album

Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
*Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
*A Holly Jolly Christmas – Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
*The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – The Christmas Song

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
*Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como and The Fontaine Sisters
*It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Greatest Christmas Songs (Remastered)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Dean Martin
*I’ll Be Home for Christmas – The Dean Martin Christmas Album

The First Noel – Frank Sinatra
*The First Noël – A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra

Carol of the Bells – The Robert Shaw Choir
*Carol of the Bells – A Festival of Carols

We Need A Little Christmas – Percy Faith
*We Need a Little Christmas – A Very Percy Faith Christmas: The Christmas Song, Little Drummer Boy, And More Holiday Favorites

The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra
*The Christmas Waltz – Christmas With Sinatra and Friends

Caroling, Caroling – Nat King Cole
*Caroling, Caroling – The Christmas Song

Happy Holidays! – Andy Williams
*Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season – The Andy Williams Christmas Album

Home For the Holidays – The Carpenters
*(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Christmas Portrait (The Special Edition)

Winter Wonderland – Ella Fitzgerald
*Winter Wonderland – Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

 

Here are all of the songs on a YouTube playlist. And don’t forget to subscribe up there to get all of our latest posts! No spam EVER!

 


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Martini Lounge Christmas Playlist

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‘Tis the season. Whether you partake or not, you can’t help but tap your toes to this special brand of Christmas music. So pull up a chair, grab a martini and enjoy yourself at the Raised on the Radio Christmas Lounge.

A Martini Lounge Christmas

YouTube on the top, bottom links go straight to *iTunes for your permanent enjoyment.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Jingle Bells Bossa Nova – Ultra-Lounge – Christmas Cocktails, Pt. 1

We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo – Santa’s Vintage Xmas & Holiday Playlist

‘Zat You, Santa Claus? – Yule Be Miserable

Winter Wonderland (2006 – Remaster) – Christmas With Peggy Lee

Jingle All the Way – Merry Christmas from Lena Horne – EP

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo – Christmas Eve (Jazz Christmas)

Jingle Bells Mambo – The Ultimate Mambo Collection

The Christmas Waltz (Remastered) – Merry Christmas, Baby – Romance and Reindeer from Capitol

Cha-Cha All the Way – Ultra-Lounge – Christmas Cocktails, Pt. 1

Holiday on Skis – Al Caiola
Holiday On Skis – Swinging Christmas, Vol. 3

Christmas Trumpets/We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas – Ultra-Lounge – Christmas Cocktails, Pt. 1

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town / White Christmas – Christmas Jazz & Blues

Jingle Bells – Esquivel – to me this is the definitive. I cannot find this on iTunes, because it is out of print, but I know the album is available on amazon, if you have adblock off you should be able to see this link. Esquivel! Merry Xmas From the Space-Age Bachelor Pad

 

In my search for the perfect Martini Lounge Christmas Playlist for our listeners I happened upon an artist I thought was pretty cool, his name is Geoffrey Leigh Tozer. He’s not ultra-famous, but he’s pretty darn good. His Christmas tunes are not on YouTube so this iTunes link will have to do. Also feel free to check him out over at his website Swanktown. He’s a story-teller and a music maker, if you like, won’t you buy it on iTunes? He’s just a guy, sharing his awesome music with us. Here’s a taste:

*update! I contacted Geoffrey and look what he made just for us! A YouTube video of Deck Martinis With Green Olives!

Deck Martinis With Green Olives – A Very Swank Christmas!

And here’s the whole playlist on YouTube so you can just sit back and sip!


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Inspirational Christmas Music Playlist

 

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He’s the reason for the season, so the saying goes. We celebrate but once a year (for 4o days or so) and as you go through your days, beginning at Thanksgiving, you hear every type of Christmas music from every speaker you pass. Here is are the Carols before the songs, these were meant to inspire and create a true Christmas spirit of love for each other and giving. And so I bring you a list of inspirational Christmas music for your Christmas Playlist.

 

Inspirational Christmas Music by Some of Your Favorites and Some New Artists Too!

As always the first link will take you to YouTube, the second link will take you to *iTunes so you can add these great songs to your own playlist!

 

 

The First Noel – Ella Fitzgerald – A Swinging Carol as only Ella could sing.
*The First Noel – Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas (Remastered)

Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte – A song I have only heard by Harry and his unique sound is the only one for this song.
*Mary’s Boy Child (Remastered) – Single – Harry Belafonte

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Neil Diamond – Add a few gospel singers and you’ve never heard this carol done quite like this!
*Hark the Herald Angels Sing – The Christmas Album

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Kelly Clarkson – Her gorgeous voice is perfect for this song.

Oh Holy Night – Celtic Woman – These woman are amazing, the pure emotion in this song is worth listening for.
*O Holy Night – A Christmas Celebration

Carol of the Bells – The Carpenters  – A rare instrumental by the Carpenters, although there are lyrics to this song, the instrumental is always the favorite.
*Carol of the Bells – Christmas Portrait (The Special Edition)

Away in a Manger – Casting Crowns – A contemporary band does an amazing version with this delicate song.
*Away In a Manger – Peace On Earth

Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby – A classic inspirational christmas music list must always include Bing Crosby.
*Do You Hear What I Hear? (1999 Digital Remaster) – Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics

What Child is This? – Andre Bocelli and Mary J Blige  – This unexpected pairing, makes for one of the most beautiful carols I have heard.
*What Child Is This (with Mary J. Blige) – My Christmas

Silent Night – Mariah Carey – Her voice is so perfect for this song, she doesn’t try to change it and sings it as it should be sung.
*Silent Night – Merry Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/ Joy to the World – The Brothers Cazimero – This Hawaiian band does the most amazing version of these songs, if nothing else, you must hear this.
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Joy to the World – Cazimero Christmas Favorites

Angels We Have Heard on High – Josh Groban with Brian McKnight – Josh and Brian have the perfect voices to do justice to this classic carol.
*Angels We Have Heard On High (with Brian McKnight) – Noël

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Nat King Cole – The quintessential holiday voice, he must be on every Christmas Playlist!
*O Little Town of Bethlehem – The Christmas Song

The Little Drummer Boy – Go Fish – I found this band by accident and am so glad I did, an amazing a capella version of this song!
*The Little Drummer Boy – Christmas With a Capital C (Snow: The Deluxe Edition)

 

This is one of my favorites, it’s on the list, but if this is the only one you listen to, it will be well worth it!

If you enjoyed this playlist, check out my other playlists. Holiday playlists are a lot of fun, and I have fun making them! If you don’t want to miss one make sure you tell me by signing up for my email list, I will only email you new posts, no spam ever! Promise!

Have a Merry Christmas!