It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.
We’re joined by Carlos Lando, DJ and program director for Takeaway affiliate station Jazz89 KUVO in Denver. Carlos shares some of his favorite jazzy Christmas tunes.
Here's Carlos' holiday playlist:
"Little Drummer Boy" – Ray Charles
(greatest version ever!)
"Blue Xmas" – Miles Davis with Bob Dorough
(1962 anti-Christmas classic.)
"Jingle Bells" – Count Basie & his Orchestra
(live at Birdland in 1961)
"Jingles, the Christmas Cat" – Freddy Cole
(a very cool newer holiday tune written in the 70’s)
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" – Poncho Sanchez
(a hot version from “Playboy’s Latin Jazz Christmas, A Not So Silent Night”)