Christmas Jazz Music
Jazz is perhaps the most fitting style of music for Christmas. It's playful, relaxing, smooth, and with rhythms you just can't help tapping and singing along to. Below you'll find a selection of some of the most popular Christmas jazz songs, along with a few of the best Christmas jazz albums. It doesn't matter whether you're a jazz fan or not, you can't go wrong with any of these tunes.
Most Popular Christmas Jazz Songs
- Christmas Night in Harlem by Louis Armstrong
- Christmas in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong
- Swinging for Christmas by Gene Ammons
- The Little Drummer Boy by Kenny Burrell
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Wynton Marsalis
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Wynton Marsalis
- Silent Night by Al Hibbler
- Let it Snow! by Les Brown
- Christmas Blues by Ramsey Lewis Trio
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by Ramsey Lewis Trio
- The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé
- Ring Those Christmas Bells by Peggy Lee
- Winter Wonderland by Ella Fitzgerald
- Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald
Excellent Christmas Jazz Music Albums
- Christmas Jazz Jam by Wynton Marsalis (2009) - If you love either Christmas or jazz music, this is a terrific album. If you love both, then it's a must have. Jazz doesn't come any better than Wynton Marsalis, and this album is no exception. Santa Clause Is Coming to Town and Blue Christmas are particular favorites.
- Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald (1960) - Definitely an essential Christmas album for any fan of jazz or swing. Ella Fitzgerald's voice is amazing. Every song has real personality, and Frank DeVol's orchestra backing it makes it even better.
- A Swingin' Christmas by Tony Bennett (2008) - Another must have for Christmas and jazz enthusiasts, Tony Bennett has an incredible voice and paired with the Count Basie Big Band this is one of the best Christmas albums of all times.
- December by Chris Botti (2002) - Smooth and passionate, this album contains some of the best Christmas trumpet playing you'll ever hear. There are two versions of this album, from 2002 and 2006. Get one, and download the two new songs from 2006 via iTunes.