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So, what do you plan to play for Christmas?

 
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jokron



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: So, what do you plan to play for Christmas? Reply with quote

Currently I'm working with "A child is born" by Thad Jones.

Any suggestions on Christmas tunes?

/Jokron
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cjm



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's not too much of a cliche for what you're doing, Mel Torme's ballad, The Christmas Song, is tops in my book.
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M



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prompted by a thread at another forum, I'm doing a little chord-melody arrangement of Have Yourself .... Almost ready to record it.
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jazzerchick



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of those are such nice tunes. There are so many great tunes for the
Christmas season.
One of my favs is "I wonder as I wander"
Also check out "I heard the bells on Christmas day" Makes a nice jazz waltz
and isn't overdone.

Looking forward to that chord melody, M.
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cjm



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, while not a "Christmas song" per se, Moonlight in Vermont is "evocative" of the season -- at least in the northern hemisphere -- and particularly if you're working with a singer.
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surfrider



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I will play whatever the director of the big band selects. However, playing outdoors at this time of year, even in Southern California is not so fun. . . the guitar always goes out of tune. . .

Surf's Up!!!!
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patskywriter



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll be revisiting my arrangements of my favorite tunes of the season:


angels we have heard on high (reggae)
blue Christmas (bossa nova)
bring a torch, jeannette, isabella
deck the hall
have yourself a merry little Christmas
i saw three ships
jingle bells
o Christmas tree
santa claus is comin' to town (bossa nova)
silent night
winter wonderland
we three kings
what child is this?
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M



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jazzerchick wrote:
Looking forward to that chord melody, M.

Thanks for your interest, JC. Well, not so great, but here it is:
Have Yourself ...
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jazzerchick



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, M! Enjoyed that a lot. Like the ending too.

Now I'm inspired and getting in the Christmas spirit !
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Qrious



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well done M!!

I enjoyed that.
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