Verve Celebrates Christmas with Two Releases, Available Now Digitally and on CD

Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 1: The Vocalists & Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 2: The Instrumentals – Collection Includes Unreleased Oscar Peterson Song and a Rare Version of John Coltrane’s “Greensleeves

Verve is proud to celebrate the holidays with two heartwarming Christmas releases – Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 1: The Vocalists, and Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 2: The Instrumentals, as part of their 60th Anniversary. Both releases, which feature tracks across five decades from some of the finest vocalists and instrumentalists from Universal Music‘s family of labels including Verve, Blue Note, Impulse!, Decca, GRP, Cadet, Argo, and more, will be available separately on CD and digitally.

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Verve is proud to celebrate the holidays with two heartwarming Christmas releases – ‘Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 1: The Vocalists,’ and Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 2: The Instrumentals,’. The collections feature tracks across five decades from some of the finest vocalists and instrumentalists from Universal Music’s family of labels including Verve, Blue Note, Impulse!, Decca, GRP, Cadet, Argo, and more. (PRNewsFoto/Verve)

The Vocalists features some of the most illustrious singers performing their favorite holiday tracks. You’ll hear Willie Nelson and Norah Jones‘ take on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” as well as Diana Krall‘s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,Ella Fitzgerald performing “White Christmas,” and Dinah Washington on “Silent Night,” previously a rare single-only release. The album also boasts spirited tracks from Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Patti Austin, Peggy Lee, Shirley Horn, Diane Schuur, Betty Carter and Judy Holliday.

Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol 1: The Vocalists Track Listing:

  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Mel Tormé
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
  • Christmas Time Is Here – Patti Austin
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Diana Krall with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
  • It Must Be Christmas – Judy Holliday with the Gerry Mulligan Orchestra
  • Peace On Earth – Peggy Lee
  • (There Is No Place Like) Home For The Holidays – Betty Carter
  • I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Billie Holiday
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Diane Schuur
  • Peace – Norah Jones
  • White Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
  • ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? – Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
  • Winter Wonderland – Shirley Horn
  • Silent Night – Dinah Washington

The instrumental tunes are just as entrenched in these traditions – it seems like every classic holiday film features a family gathering with a loved one at the piano playing Christmas standards. Here, The Instrumentals portray exciting takes on songs like “Silver Bells” from Kevin Eubanks, “Frosty The Snowman” as interpreted by Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” performed by the Bill Evans Trio, Stanley Jordan‘s version of “Silent Night” and Kenny Burrell‘s take on “The Little Drummer Boy.” Continue reading