It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're giving you the gift of Christmas music this week on Jazz Night from three of your favorite jazz singer-songwriters: Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones and José James.
These artists took what we could all describe as a challenging time over the past two years and created beautiful music in the spirit of the season. Songs that speak to joy, melancholy, and togetherness during the holidays — as well as some fresh takes on the nostalgic melodies of yesteryear. We'll also hear the stories behind the music and their go-to festive tunes to play during the season. All in all, 12 songs of Christmas — from Jazz Night, to you.
Jamie Cullum, The Pianoman at Christmas
Jamie Cullum, vocals, piano; background vocals: Shanna Goodhead, Naomi Miller, Aisha Stuart; Ross Stanley, piano; bass: Loz Garrett, Chris Laurence, Richard Price, Stacey Richard Watton; drums: Brad Webb, Ed Richardson; Hugh Webb, harp; Claire McInerney, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute; Paul Booth, alto flute, clarinet, flute; Martin Williams, alto flute, clarinet, flute; Graeme Blevins, alto saxophone, flute; Howard McGill, alto saxophone, flute; Tom Richards, trumpet, bells; trumpet: Louis Dowdeswell, Tom Rees-Roberts, Rory Simmons, Tom Walsh; trombone: Mark Frost, Trevor Mires, Nichol Thomson, Alastair White; violin: Max Baillie, Daniel Bhattacharya, Natalia Bonner, Ben Buckton, Marianne Haynes, Jeremy Isaac, Beatrix Lovejoy, Rita Manning, Dorina Markoff, Ciaran McCabe, John Mills, Steve Morris, Everton Nelson, Kate Robinson, Patrick Savage, Tom Piggot-Smith; viola: Ann Beilby, Reiad Chibah, Helen Kamminga, Julia Knight, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Kate Musker; cello: Ian Burdge, Bozidar Vukotic, Tony Woollard, Chris Worsey
José James, Merry Christmas From José James
José James, vocals; Aaron Parks, piano; Marcus Strickland, saxophone; Ben Williams, bass; Jharis Yokely, drums
Norah Jones, I Dream of Christmas
Norah Jones, vocals, piano; Nick Movshan, electric bass; Tony Scherr, electric bass; Brian Blade, drums; Leon Michels, flute, glockenspiel, percussion, saxophone, synth; Raymond Mason, trombone; Dave Guy, trumpet
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