Ringing In The Holiday Season With Latin Jazz

by chipboaz on December 23, 2016

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The holidays are full of meaningful traditions, but let’s be honest – there’s nothing better than seasonal music during the holidays. We only hear this music through a short part of the year, so it’s strongly associated with our memories from that time. So every time we hear any of these songs, we’re flooded with a wave of memories. Hearing the same recordings of holiday songs every year is certainly part of the tradition, but it’s not the end of the story. When new versions of old songs roll around each year, it creates new memories, multiplying the good times. Add some brand new songs into the mix and things get even better. Holiday songs are a fun connection in our lives that makes the season even brighter.

Latin Jazz is not a stranger to the holiday season, and fortunately, we’ve got plenty of holiday themed recordings to fill the year. In 2003, Concord Picante Records produced Latin Jazz Christmas, a fantastic collection of holiday music from folks like Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, the Caribbean Jazz Project, and more. Before that, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez produced A Latin Jazz Christmas, which finds the trumpet player presenting a number of Christmas classics across a variety of styles. In 2000, we got Feliz Navidad from the New York Latin Jazz All Stars, featuring folks like Tito Puente and Dave Valentin. Later, Henry Brun And The Latin Playerz produced A Very Latin Christmas. Last year, Aguankó gave us a fantastic collection of Christmas songs with their own personal touch on A Latin Jazz Christmas In Havana. Truth Revolution Records also put togehter their own Christmas album last year, recruiting all their artists on Together. There’s no shortage of Latin Jazz holiday music, so take the opportunity to hear some of these recordings!

I’ve included a couple of holiday themed Latin Jazz videos below, to help get you in the mood. The first one has Arturo O’Farrill And The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble playing “Holiday Mambo.” The second video has a bit of a salsa spin, but plenty of holiday spirit – The Giants Of Latin Jazz performing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season – enjoy!

Do you have a Latin Jazz video to share? E-mail a link to latinjazzcorner@gmail.com

“Holiday Mambo” – Arturo O’Farrill And The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – The Giants Of Latin Jazz

Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Quartet Performing Mambo Sin Fronteras
Carlos Henriquez Performing The Bronx Pyramid
Pablo Aslan Playing Tango On The Grill: El Amanecer
The Next Generation Of Latin Jazz: The Curtis Brothers
Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, & Sal Cuevas Playing Picadillo

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