It’s the most wonderful time of the year… But all that Christmas music can get a bit repetitive. While we love listening to Bing Crosby crooning about a winter wonderland and Nat King Cole creating dreaming images of roasting chestnuts and open fires, sometimes it’s nice to vary it up a bit. We’ve come up with 5 jazzy Christmas songs you might not have heard before, but which you should definitely add to your Christmas playlist this year.
- Louis Armstrong, ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
King of Jazz Louis Armstrong has one of the most instantly recognisable voices ever recorded. He growls his way through this jazzy number in his characteristic style, which starts with the sounds of whistling winds and jingling bells.
- Ella Fitzgerald, Santa Claus Got Stuck in my Chimney
Little children always question how Santa Claus could possibly fit down a chimney. The inimitable Ella turns this into a quirky song about how Santa Claus got stuck in her chimney, and won’t be back this year.
- Louis Armstrong, Cool Yule
Yuletide: it might be chilly, but it’s not necessarily something you associate with being “cool”. But somehow Louis Armstrong manages to make it the coolest time of the year.
- The Christmas Blues, Dean Martin
Christmas is a time for joy and love, but sometimes you’re just not in the mood. If you need a little break from family fun time, pop on the Christmas Blues and let Dean Martin remind you that sometimes it’s ok not to be feeling the festive joy.
- Christmas in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong again, but his characterful voice somehow manages to capture the feeling of the best kind of Christmas party: great people, plentiful food and drink and a sense of happy anticipation that Christmas is coming.
Loved these? Find all these and more on our Christmas Jazz CD