Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 22 will be “The Winter Holiday Show.” Each year around the winter solstice, cultures around the celebrate the coming of longer days. In this country, the major celebrations are Hanukah, solstice celebrations, Christmas and Kwanza. We will feature some perennial favorites: Duke Ellington’s version of the “Nutcracker Suite,” Louis Armstrong’s reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” The Modern Jazz Quartet’s version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Count Basie’s version of “Jingle Bells” and Dexter Gordon’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Music for solstice, Hanukah and Kwanza will also be featured.
This Archive of the show will be available until the morning of December 30, 2013.
Here is Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Band playing Duke Ellington's "Overture" to the Nutcracker Suite.