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Bill Cunliffe, Doc Watkins & Louis Armstrong


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We begin our annual Christmas Hour of Neon Jazz with brilliant young composer Richard Williams and a song off his 2022 album Hollywood Christmas. Following that, we hear a live cut recorded by your trusty host at the historic Blue Room off 18 & Vine in Kansas City with pianist Charles Williams doing his best to honor the Peanuts gang. From there, we get into a host recent holiday albums including John di Martino, Doc Watkins and the master of them all Louis Armstrong. We are thrilled that Corinne Mammana and Mary-Cathernine Pazzano reached out to the show with their music. Also, Neon Jazz Engineer John Christopher contributes a good story about Nat King Cole and his memories of the season. It's a wonderful assemblage of jazz Christmas to get you into that holiday mood. Enjoy this 2022 holiday season and our very best for a Happy 2023. Cheers!


  • Richard Williams "Let it Snow—Part 1 Instrumental" Hollywood Christmas (Richard Williams) 0:00
  • Host talks 1:31
  • Charles Williams "Skating" Live at The Blue Room 12.1.22 (Neon Dimino Productions) 3:03
  • Mathieu Bourret "Illumination" Illumination (InTempo Musique) 6:52
  • Host talks 10:15
  • John Di Martino "Christmas to Christmas" Christmas Ain't Like It Used to Be (Holiday Alive) 11:00
  • Chris Ruggiero "Sleigh Ride" Christmas with Chris Ruggiero (Chris Ruggiero Music Corp) 14:28
  • Host talks 17:14
  • Bill Cunliffe "Linus & Lucy" Christmas in the Dog House (Night is Alive) 17:51
  • Corinne Mammana "In the Christmas City" In the Christmas City (Corinne Mammana) 23:13
  • Host talks 28:11
  • Nat King Cole "The Christmas Song" The Christmas Song Expanded (Capitol Records) 30:47
  • Doc Watkins "Greensleeves" The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas (Outlaw Jazz Records) 43:30
  • Host talks 38:19
  • Mary-Catherine Pazzano "Manhattan in December" Christmas Live at the Jazz Room (Glorious Feeling Records) 38:47
  • Lyn Stanley and Her Big Band Jazz Mavericks "Zat You Santa Claus " Novel Noel (Zat Records) 43:19
  • Host talks 47:07
  • Louis Armstrong "Winter Wonderland" Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule (Verve) 47:34
  • Sweet Megg "Santa Baby " Santa Baby (Turtle Bay Records) 50:20
  • Host talks 53:12
  • Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas "Happy New Year Baby" Holiday Single (Seraphic) 53:52

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