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Sound Ideas #44 - Yuletide Treats
It's that time of year again. Welcome to an hour of Yuletide treats, i.e. jazz interpretations of Christmas and other holiday classics. Let the kid inside you relive some of the magic of the season while the adult in you finger pops along the way.
Artist Track Album
Jimmy Smith Jingle Bells Christmas Cookin'
Vince Guaraldi Greensleeves A Charlie Brown Christmas
Arthur Blythe The Christmas Song God Rest Ye Merry, Jazzmen
Ray Charles and Betty Carter Baby It's Cold Outside Ray Charles And Betty Carter
The Singers Unlimited Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas Christmas
Take 6 Amen He is Christmas
Vince Guaraldi Christmas Time is Here A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Manhattan Transfer Happy Holidays The Christmas Album
Rahsaan Roland Kirk We Free Kings We Free Kings
Ray Charles Santa Claus is Coming to Town The Spirit of Christmas
Paquito d'Rivera God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Jingle Bell Jazz
Louis Armstrong Cool Yule Yule B' Swingin'
Les Brown We Wish You the Merriest We Wish You the Merriest - An All Star Christmas

It's time again for some exceptional seasonal music. So here is the second Christmas music show I have produced in the 21th century. Christmas is a special time of year. Whether it is the religious celebration of the birth of Christ or the secular end-of-year break, the memories from this time of year are punctuated with special music that few other celebrations entail.

As a person of my age living in the San Francisco Bay Area there was a special treat that happened the afternoon of every December 25th on KJAZ-FM. Herb Wong would plays hours of some of the most creative jazz interpretations of Christmas music ever recorded. This took place every year until KJAZ went away in 1994. During my brief career in radio during the 1980s, December was a special time when I would attempt to pay homage to Herb for the joy that he brought me every year.

If you dig the sounds of the season as much as I do, check out last year's show or if you want even more, check out this one from 25 years ago, and sample some of the comedy I spun alongside as well. I hope you enjoy these tunes as much as I have over the years. And if we are really lucky Herb Wong might spin some again this year on KCSM.