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Vince Guaraldi

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By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as "a reformed boogie-woogie piano player"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed "Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college, haunting sessions at the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the {{Chubby Jackson = 7916}} / {{Bill Harris = 7445}} band, other times in combos with {{Sonny Criss = 5984}} and {{Bill Harris = 7445}}

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The Top Ten Christmas Jazz Albums Of All Time

Read "The Top Ten Christmas Jazz Albums Of All Time" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


As temperatures drop and days grow short, Winter is once again upon us. For those looking to listen to the sounds of the season without resorting to December's relentless slew of glossy, generic cash-grabs, jazz can be a breath of fresh, wintry air. You won't find (many) singers on this list, since most people already know ...

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: 1. O Tannenbaum 5:08 2. What Child Is This? 2:25 3. My Little Drum 3:12 4. Linus and Lucy 3:06 5. Christmas Time Is Here 6:05 6. Christmas Time Is Here 2:47 7. Skating 2:27 8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 1:55 9. Christmas Is Coming 3:25 10. F?r Elise 1:06 11. The Christmas Song 3:17 12. Greensleeves 5:26

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Article: Album Review

Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Marc Davis


A Charlie Brown Christmas is the corniest jazz-Christmas album ever made. And that's OK. It's even good. I know the dig. What Vince Guaraldi played wasn't jazz, it was lounge music. It was sentimental. It was lightweight. It was sappy. Yep. All of that. So what?

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2006
Track listing: O Tannenbaum; What Child Is This; My Little Drum; Linus and Lucy; Christmas Time Is Here [instrumental]; Christmas Time Is Here [vocal]; Skating; Hark, The Herlad Angels Sing; Christmas Is Coming; Fur Elise; The Christmas Song; Creensleeves; Christmas In Coming [alt. take]; The Christmas Song [alt. take]; Greensleeves [alt. take]; Chirstmas Time Is Here [alt. take].

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Jim Santella


This 1965 soundtrack has become ingrained in our minds through repeated leisurely holiday seasons with the family in the living room. They're great memories, brought to us by a stellar jazz piano trio that was always on top of the situation. Together, they gave us a no-nonsense setting. Each traditional Christmas song and each Guaraldi original ...

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by David Rickert


If you were born in the sixties or later, there's a good chance that your first exposure to jazz was through the Peanuts Christmas special. Today the whimsical music of Vince Guaraldi seems inseparable from this holiday classic, but it almost didn't happen that way; producer Lee Mendelson originally envisioned either Dave Brubeck or Cal Tjader ...

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: O Tannenbaum; What Child Is This; My Little Drum; Linus & Lucy; Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental). Side B: Christmas Time Is Here (vocal); Skating; Hark, The Herald Angels Sing; Christmas Is Coming; Für Elise; The Christmas Song; Greensleeves.

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Robert Gilbert


Only a handful of jazz albums find their way into the collections of music lovers who would never call themselves jazz fans. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is one, Getz/Gilberto is another, and Coltrane's A Love Supreme also comes to mind. For Christmas time, though, the album is Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to the 1965 special A ...

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Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Read "A Charlie Brown Christmas" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Just in time for the holidays, Fantasy has released a remaster of the classic soundtrack A Charlie Brown Christmas. The cartoon follows Charlie Brown's search for the true meaning of Christmas, and Vince Guaraldi's music is an integral part of this perennial holiday favorite. Guaraldi, born in 1928 in San Francisco and died in 1976 while ...


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