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12-23-08 Annual Christmas Show And Jingle Bell Jazz Hour

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12-23-08 Annual Christmas Show And Jingle Bell Jazz Hour

Postby jazzjester » Thu January 08 2009 10:55 PM

David Berger And The Sultans Of Swing – Dance Of The Floradoras 1996 The Harlem Nutcracker – Such Sweet Thunder Records David Berger is a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing era. He was Conductor and arranger for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, from its inception in 1988 through 1994. He has transcribed more than 500 full scores of classic recordings including over 350 works by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Duke Ellington – Peanut Brittle Brigade
from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite Peanut June 21, 1960 Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Lawrence Brown (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,b-cl,cl) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b) Sam Woodyard (d) Three Suites - Columbia

Louis Armstrong with the Commanders - Cool Yule October 22, 1953 Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) Billy Butterfield, Andy Ferretti, Carl Poole (tp) Lou McGarity, (tb) Hymie Schertzer (as,bar) Al Klink (ts) Bernie Leighton (p) Carmen Mastren (g) Hipsters Holiday – Rhino




A little Christmas blues from guitarist vocalist Lowell Fulson. Fulson was born in 1921 on a Choctaw Indian reservation in Oklahoma; He played gospel and country music before turning to the blues and growing up in Oklahoma was influenced by the Western Swing of Bob Wills as a kid. I tried for a long time to get the whole personnel lineup for this but couldn’t locate it anywhere. However the recording was done late in 1950 … during the same time period that Ray Charles was touring with Fulson as pianist.

Lowell Fulson – Lonesome Christmas Part 1 Lowell Fulson guitar / vocal Vernon Hill-alto Blue Christmas - Blue Moon Records

Sugar Chile Robinson – Christmas Boogie
Jan 1950 Capitol Records Jimmy Richardson bass Red saunders drums Blue Christmas - Blue Moon Records

Mabel Scott - Boogie Woogie Santa Clause
1948 Maxwell Davis tenor Mabel Scott 1938 – 1950 – Classics




Carmen McRae - The Christmas Song 1990 Carmen McRae (vcl) acc by Clifford Jordan (ts) Shirley Horn (p) Charles Ables (el-b) Steve Williams (d) A Merry Jazzmas - Jazz Heritage

Shirley Horn – Winter Wonderland 1996 Verve Christmas All-Stars incl. Roy Hargrove (tp,flhrn) Mark Whitfield (g) Christian McBride (b) Billy Drummond (d) Jazz For Joy – Verve

Joe Williams – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 1990 Joe Williams (vcl) acc by Clark Terry, Joe Wilder (tp) Al Grey (tb) Bobby Watson (as) Frank Wess (ts) Seldon Powell (bar) Norman Simmons (p) Kenny Burrell (el-g) Bob Cranshaw (b) Dennis Mackrel (d) June 25, That Holiday Feeling - Polygram Records

Paul Desmond And The Modern Jazz Quartet – Greensleeves – Paul Desmond (as) John Lewis (p) Milt Jackson (vib) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (d) rec live at Town Hall in NYC 12-25-1971 Paul Desmond And The Modern Jazz Quartet – Red Baron Records The only recorded performance of Paul Desmond & the Modern Jazz Quartet

Johnny Guarnieri - Santa's Secret November 7, 1944 Johnny Guarnieri (p) Slam Stewart (b) Sam Weiss (d) Christmas Blues – Savoy

Harry “The Hipster” Gibson – Twas The Night Before Christmas 1974 Harry “The Hipster” Digs Christmas – Totem Records In case you thought Harry The Hipster Gibson was a 1970s burn out... his recording career actually dates back to 1944 when he cut 8 sides for Musicraft with Big Sid Catlett on drums. Sides that I have in a 78 booklet by the way. A 78 album I bought before I knew who the cat was. Taped to the inside by the way was an original 1940s newspaper article announcing Harry "The Hipster's" arrest for narcotics! Come to think of it maybe he was a 1970s burnout...




Squirrel Nut Zippers – Sleigh Ride 1998 Mammoth Records release called Christmas Caravan

Terry Gibbs – White Christmas Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and the Terry Gibbs Quartet recorded in 2001 Jazz Yule Love – Mack Avenue Records

Ramsey Lewis – We Three Kings 1964 Ramsey Lewis (p) Eldee Young (cello) Cleveland Eaton (b) Steve McCall (d) More Sounds Of Christmas - Argo

Michael Andrew – We Three Kings Michael Swingerhead Andrew with his band Swingerhead and some help from Broccoli Rob from a New York band called Dem Brooklyn Bums and Eddie Nichols from the band Royal Crown Revue. Ah yes the magical year 1998.




Ugghhh... this hour you won’t hear or read about anywhere else and maybe never here again either….for sure not this year anyway. It’s the Jingle Bell Jazz Hour at the Jazz Joint. Some say it's our way of thumbing our noses at the commercial side of Christmas. In fact that's really how it started out. Funny thing happened in the process though, this hour turned out to be an incredible display of jazz improvisation and serves to show just how many different ways a simple song can be performed... and swung! Every jumpin version of Jingle Bells known to man….and a few maybe unknown to man…in fact… out of this world maybe…….

Esquivel - Jingle Bells early 60s Merry Christmas From The Space Age Bachelor Pad - BMG

Jimmy Smith – Jingle Bells 1964 Christmas – Verve

Etta James – Jingle Bells George Bohanon trombone, Cedar Walton piano Red Halloway tenor 12 Songs Of Christmas – Private Music

Oscar Peterson – Jingle Bells 1995 An Oscar Peterson Christmas Telarc Jazz




Slam Stewart Quintet - Jingle Bells May 28, 1945 Red Norvo (vib) Johnny Guarnieri (p,vcl) Bill De Arango (g) Slam Stewart (b) Morey Feld (d) Slam Stewart 1945 – 1946 Classics

Gene Krupa Jazz Trio - Jingle Bells Gene Krupa, Charlie Ventura (ts) Teddy Napoleon (p) AFRS broadcast, Clovis Army Air Field, New Mexico, December 25, 1944 A Swinging Big Band Christmas" - Laserlight

Johnny Mercer / Capitol Jazzmen – Jingle Bells late 1940s

Leo Watson - Jingle Bells September 7, 1946 Leo Watson (vcl) acc by Vic Dickenson (tb) Leonard Feather (p) Arvin Garrison (g) Vivien Garry (b) Harold "Doc" West (d) Hipsters Holiday - Rhino

Fats Waller - Swingin' Them Jingle Bells November 29, 1936 Fats Waller (p,vcl) on with: Herman Autrey (tp) Gene Sedric (cl,ts) Al Casey (g) Charlie Turner (b) Slick Jones (d) Chicago, Illinois, Christmas Blues And Shout – Laserlight




Count Basie and his Orchestra - Jingle Bells radio broadcast, "Birdland", New York City, 1961 Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Joe Newman, Paul Campbell (tp) Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Jimmy Wilkins (tb) Marshal Royal (as,cl) Ernie Wilkins (as,ts) Paul Quinichette (ts,arr) Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Gene Ramey (b) Gus Johnson (d) Yule Struttin – Blue Note

Ella Fitzgerald - Jingle Bells 1960 Ella acc by Frank De Vol's Orchestra: Ella Wishes You A Merry Christmas - Verve

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Jingle Bells 1961 Willie Cook, Ed Mullens, Cat Anderson, Clark Terry (tp) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, Lou Blackburn (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (as,cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,b-cl,cl) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b) Oliver Jackson (d) Eddie Locke (percussion) Yule Be Swingin Too – Hip-O




Dianna Krall – Jingle Bells piano only Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Impulse

Dave Brubeck – Jingle Bells 1996 A Dave Brubeck Christmas – Telarc

Ramsey Lewis Trio – Jingle Bells 1964 Ramsey Lewis (p) Eldee Young (cello) Cleveland Eaton (b) Steve McCall (d) More Sounds Of Christmas




Benny Goodman – Jingle Bells July 1935 Bunny Berigan, (tp) Benny Goodman (cl) Toots Mondello, Hymie Schertzer (as) Arthur Rollini, Dick Clark (ts) Gene Krupa (d) Sometimes I'm happy King Porter stomp The devil and the deep blue sea (hw vcl) The Birth Of Swing - Bluebird

Glenn Miller – Jingle Bells Dec 24, 1941 Glenn Miller – A Legendary Performer - Bluebird
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