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Christmas Miscellany

Looking forward to Christmas and back over 2018, Geoffrey Smith presents his seasonal miscellany, featuring festive treats from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, John Coltrane and Woody Herman, plus a madcap Jingle Bells by scat-master Leo Watson.

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Christmas Miscellany

At the Christmas Ball

Bessie Smith

F W Longhouse

Columbia/Legacy 487398 2

Bessie Smith, v; Joe Smith, c; Charlie Green, tb; Fletcher Henderson, p.


LaSalle Street Breakdown

Jimmy Yancey


Avid AMSC 1094

Jimmy Yancey, p.


Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! 

Woody Herman

Cahn / Styne

Proper P 1159

Sonny Berman, Neal Hefti, Irv Lewis, Pete Candoli & Conte Candoli, tp; Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris & Ed Kiefer, tb; Woody Herman, cl &as; Sam Morowitz & John La Porta, cl & as; Flip Philips & Pete Mondello, ts; Skippy De Sair, bs; Tony Aless, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Dave Tough, d.


Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Bill Evans

Coots / Gillespie

Verve 549 067-2

Bill Evans, p; Gary Peacock, b; Paul Motian, d.


Winter Wonderland

Shirley Horn

Bernard / Smith

Verve 549 067-2

Shirley Horn, v; Roy Hargrove, t & fh; Don Sickler, fh; Jesse Davis, as; Ron Blake, ts; Stephen Scott, p; Mark Whitfield, g; Christian McBride, b; Billy Drummond, d.


Mr Bruce

Roy Hargrove

Chucho Valdes

Verve 537 563-2

Roy Hargrove, t & fh; Chucho Valdes, p; David Sanchez, ts & ss; Frank Lacy, tb; Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, d; Jose Luis ‘Chancuito’ Quintana, tim; Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, cng; Jorge Reyes, b; Gary Bartz, as & ss; Russell Malone, g.


I Want to Be Happy

Lester Young

Youmans / Caesar

Definitive Records DRCD11385

Lester Young, ts; Nat King Cole, p; Buddy Rich, d.



John Coltrane 


Verve 549 067-2

John Coltrane, ss; McCoy Tyner, p; Jimmy Garrison, b; Elvin Jones, d.


England’s Carol

John Lewis

John Lewis

America Jazz Classics A 99004

John Lewis, p; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d.


Jingle Bells

Leo Watson

Vic Dickenson, tb; Leonard Feather, p; Arv Garrison, g; Vivian Gary; b; Harold ‘Doc’ West, d; Leo Watson, v.

Indigo IGOCD2098


Postman’s Lament

Papa Laine’s Children 

Jonny Wiggs

Oriole MG 20002

Jonny Wiggs, t; Harry Shields, cl; Tom Brown, tb; Stanley Mendelson, p; Sherwood Mangiapane, b; Dr Edmond Souchon, g & v.


The Old Landmark

Aretha Franklin

A M Brunner

Atlantic 29062

Aretha Franklin, v; James Cleveland, p.


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