Christmas season is jazz season

Think about it: how perfect is jazz at Christmas time?

Some of the most beloved holiday music comes from the jazz family of music. Lee Mendelson, the producer of a christmas cartoon special heard a song on the radio by the Vince Guaraldi Trio while traveling in a taxi cab. He contacted Guaraldi and next thing you know POW Vince was writing music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Vince went on to write and perform the music for sixteen Charlie Brown cartoons. Sometimes life comes at you in great big delicious chunks doesn't it?

Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald all made hugely successful christmas albums. When you're doing your Christmas shopping this year you'll probably hear ol' Bing singing White Christmas. Michael Buble told me himself that he's working on a new Christmas CD for 2011.

Even though gatherings during this season are now called "hoilday parties" (to be politically correct) there's still a good chance you're going to hear Christmas jazz at those parites. Even if you stay away from Christian songs like The First Noel and Silent Night it's a good bet that Frosty the Snowman, Silver Bells and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas will swing out of some speakers somewhere.

So this holiday season when you're wondering what music you should put on for dinner, a party or even just atmosphere think jazz. You can't go wrong.

Tim Tamashiro