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X-mas Jazz Tunes- Suggestions?

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

  1. 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

    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


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Is there any Christmas standard which has not been recorded in just about any genre you can think of"
  6. tyb507

    tyb507 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Burlington, Vermont
    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


    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
    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. 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


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

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

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

    scott reed Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2002
    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


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

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    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


    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz
    The best one-

  17. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

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


    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA