Christmas Joy 2006

Bronzeville Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays Everyone!

After pulling together four great radio blogs of Christmas music last year, I faced a major challenge pulling together a radio blog for this holiday season. I was uncertain which musical direction I wanted to take. After shuffling around tunes in my iPod for a couple of weeks, this is the end result. I would like to think of it as a spicy gumbo pot of Christmas music. I used a lot of music that I already had and the two new additions to my collection were the Christmas with Leontyne Price and reissued version of Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas with 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks.

The selections in this radio blog range from 1949 to 2005. Grab yourself some egg nog or some warm cider (cuz it is even cold in California right now!!!) and enjoy the music.

I took the photo above when I was back home in Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend. It is the Bronzeville Christmas Tree located at the corner of 47th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Drive on the south side of Chicago.

Christmas Joy 2006 (listen here!)

01 – Leontyne Price – “Angels We Have Heard on High” from Christmas Songs (1961)

02 – Sounds of Blackness – ” Soul Holidays” from The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy (1992)

03 – Ray Charles – “The Little Drummer Boy” from The Spirit Of Christmas (1997)

04 – Take 6 – “’twas da Nite” from He Is Christmas (1991)

05 – Shirley Horn – “Winter Wonderland” from Jazz for Joy (1996)

06 – Cyrus Chestnut & Friends – “Skating” from A Charlie Brown Christmas (2000)

07 – Nat King Cole – “I Saw Three Ships” from The Christmas Song [Capitol] (1961)

08 – Natalie Cole – “Joy to the World” from Holly & Ivy (1994)

09 – Daryl Coley & Vanessa Bell Armstrong – “Comfort Ye My People” from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration (1992)

10 – Duke Ellington – “Overture” from Three Suites (1960)

11 – Ella Fitzgerald – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” from Ultimate Soul Christmas (Disc 2) (1967)

12 – Mahalia Jackson – “A Star Stood Still (Song of the Nativity)” from Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas! (1962)

13 – Ben Tankard – “The Christmas Song” from Christmas (1991)

14 – Bebe And Cece – “Silver Bells” from First Christmas (1993)

15 – Donald Lawrence Feat. The Tri-City Singers – “Carols Of The Bells” from Hello Christmas (1997)

16 – Jimmy Smith – “Jingle Bells” from Christmas ’64 (1964)

17 – Dianne Reeves – “Christmas Time Is Here” from Christmas Time Is Here (2004)

18 – Anita Baker – “Frosty’s Rag (Frosty The Snowman)” from Christmas Fantasy (2005)

19 – Vince Guaraldi – “Christmas Is Coming (Alternate Take 1)” from A Charlie Brown Christmas [2006 Expanded Edition] (1965)

20 – Amos Milburn – “Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby” from Billboard Greatest R&B Christmas Hits (1949)

2 Responses to “Christmas Joy 2006”

  1. Mark Smith says:

    Music has never had a better friend than James Knox, and that friendship is again confirmed on his latest entry, Christmas Joy 2006. Voices ranging from Leontyne Price to Mahalia Jackson to Nat King Cole are included and their voices are as timeless as the songs they sing. So sit down, grab your eggnog or cider, your favorite blanket and let this music remind you of Christmas and the powerful gift of music.

  2. Ira says:

    Enjoyed. We had an extended Christmas in Barcelona, where the season ends with the Three Kings celebration. Going back to do the ladies of jazz in March.
    What part of the Windy City are you from? I grew up in Chatham.

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