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X-mas Jazz Tunes- Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by rasbass, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. rasbass

    rasbass

    Dec 29, 2002
    Upstate NY
    I booked a jazz combo gig for Dec where the venue's booking fellow told me he'd like to hear some seasonal tunes mixed in with our mainstream jazz tunes. We have have Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Christmas time is Here (the Charlie Brown 3/4 ballad) and an arrangement of Oh Christmas Tree.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
    Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    Baby Its Cold Outside
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer as a samba
     
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The entire Charlie Brown Christmas album it's one of the best jazz albums of all time.
     
  4. I saw Victor Wooten with Bala Fleck do the 12 days of Chrismas in 12 keys and 12 time signatures. The hardest piece of music in western music. Different key and time for each day.
     
  5. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

    Oct 17, 2007
    Arcadia, CA
    Is there any Christmas standard which has not been recorded in just about any genre you can think of"
     
  6. My 4yo is currently obsessed with Brian Setzer Orchestra's live x-mas album...it's pretty hard swinging and awesome...maybe not combo fare.

    +1 that anything from the Charlie Brown Christmas is a winner.
     
  7. rasbass

    rasbass

    Dec 29, 2002
    Upstate NY
    Thanks for the comments. I think I'll start with Rudolph as a samba and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
     
  8. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I'm pretty sure there's a Wynton Marsalis holiday rekkid that has WE THREE KINGS as a minor blues. A piano trio I used to work with did an arrangement of WINTER WONDERLAND that was based on the Nina Simone line and feel from her recording of MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME.

    And THE CHRISTMAS SONG was written by Mel Torme, not Nat Cole.
     
  9. bass81800

    bass81800

    Dec 7, 2011
    Southern CA
    O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) swings!
     
  10. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- shares similarity space with The Christmas Song.

    The Colorado book has some ideas for a jazzed-over Jingle Bells.

    O Holy Night has such a gorgeous melody -- like a lot of Christmas tunes, I guess -- it's beautiful ballad material.

    I'll Be Home For Christmas

    Merry Christmas Baby

    Happy Christmas (War is Over)

    Do You Hear What I Hear?

    The one I can't abide anymore, though, is Little Drummer Boy. Don't play that one.
     
  11. rasbass

    rasbass

    Dec 29, 2002
    Upstate NY
    Had not thought to look in the way back of the CO RB. Thanks for that tip.
     
  12. iona bass

    iona bass Supporting Member

    "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway...
     
  13. scott reed

    scott reed Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2002
    Memphis
    A couple ballads:

    "Christmas Love Song" (Mandel, Bergman,Bergman) - Tony Bennett

    "I'm Christmasing With You" (Clewer, Waldman) - Patti LaBelle

    Or you could go the "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bell Rock" route!
     
  14. KTFunkAlive

    KTFunkAlive

    Nov 28, 2007
    Yeah, Crescent City Christmas Card. Love it.
     
  15. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I've used the Abersold Christmas Jazz book a lot over the years and it has some decent material in there. I'm on a christmas show now until Christmas eve and I'm pretty sure I will never want to hear any more christmas music for the rest of my life by the end of the run :)
     
  16. chicagodoubler

    chicagodoubler Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz
  17. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  18. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA



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