Judging from the ads in my newspaper, the big retailers thought the Holidays started sometime in September. If you're like me, you're just now starting to get into the Holiday spirit. Also, if you're like me, you're a little wary of the term "Christmas music." Perhaps it conjures up the sounds of overproduced fluff by the likes of Celine Dion and Michael Bolton, or maybe you're just getting tired of the the oldies-but-goodies that come back every year.
Well, I come with good news of great joy to all jazz fans: AccuJazz.com is now featuring not one but four channels of quality Christmas jazz! There's the flagship channel, Swingin' Christmas, plus Christmas Vocals, Christmas Instrumentals and New Christmas Jazz. Unless you're a major Christmas jazz collector, you will be surprised by the amount of high-quality Christmas jazz out there, from classic albums by legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burrell to newer releases by artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis and Carla Bley. There's even a version of "White Christmas" by Charlie Parker himself!
Our New Christmas Jazz channel is featuring my pick for Holiday CD of 2010, Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, a fun and, at times, irreverent collection of Christmas tunes from one of the most infectiously joyous musicians working today. There's also plenty of other fresh new music from Al Jarreau, Harry Allen, the Hot Club of Detroit and many more.
Whether you're already in the Holiday spirit, or struggling to get into it, our Christmas jazz channels are probably just what you need. Consider them our Christmas gift to you.
Listen now at AccuJazz.com