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The Best Jazz Christmas Albums Of All Time

Updated December 11, 2019 1.0k votes 100 voters 3.1k views50 items

While the chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, fill the room with the best jazz Christmas albums of all-time. Featuring great Christmas songs from popular jazz singers, like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett, this list of jazz holiday albums includes soft jazz, adult contemporary, easy listening music, and a sprinkle of swing. What are the top Christmas jazz albums ever?

Vote up the best jazz Xmas albums, and add your favorites if they deserve a spot on this list.

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas1

    "O Tannenbaum"

    "What Child Is This"

    "My Little Drum"

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  • A Dave Brubeck Christmas2
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    A Dave Brubeck Christmas

    Dave Brubeck

    Release Date1996

    TracksWinter Wonderland, Joy to the World, O Tannenbaum

    Length (mins)00:56:08

    "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

    "Joy To The World"

    "To Us Is Given"

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  • Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas3

    Release Date1960

    TracksRudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    Genres (Music)Christmas music, Jazz, Vocal jazz

    "Jingle Bells"

    "Frosty The Snowman"

    "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

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  • Christmas Cookin’4
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    Christmas Cookin’

    Jimmy Smith

    "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

    "Jingle Bells"

    "The Christmas Song"

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  • An Oscar Peterson Christmas5
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    Release Date1995

    TracksWhat Child Is This, Away in a Manger, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Length (mins)00:53:14

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

    "Let It Snow"

    "White Christmas"

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  • A Merry Christmas6
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    A Merry Christmas

    Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters

    "Happy Holiday"

    "Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling"

    "Twelve Days of Christmas"

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  • Six String Santa7
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    Six String Santa

    Joe Pass

    Release Date1992

    TracksHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Happy Holiday Blues, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

    Length (mins)00:46:10

    "Home For The Holidays"

    "Angels We Have Heard On High"

    "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"

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  • Christmas Songs8
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    Christmas Songs

    Diana Krall, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

    Release Date2005

    ProducerTommy LiPuma

    TracksThe Christmas Song, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Sleigh Ride

    Length (mins)00:44:51

    Genres (Music)Christmas music, Jazz, Vocal jazz

    "Jingle Bells"

    "Let It Snow"

    "The Christmas Song"

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  • A Child Is Born9
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    A Child Is Born

    Geri Allen

    "We Three Kings"

    "Little Drummer Boy"

    "A Child Is Born"

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  • A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra10

    Release Date1957

    TracksThe First Noel, The Christmas Waltz, Jingle Bells

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Christmas music, Traditional pop music

    "Jingle Bells"

    "Mistletoe and Holly"

    "The First Noel"

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  • Three Suites11
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    Three Suites

    Duke Ellington

    Release Date1990

    TracksPeer Gynt Suites: Morning Mood, The Nutcracker Suite: Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes), The Nutcracker Suite: Arabesque Cookie (Arabian dance)

    Length (mins)01:05:34

    "Sugar Rum Cherry"

    "Toot Toot Tootie Toot"

    "In The Hall of the Mountain King"

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  • Crescent City Christmas Card12
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    Crescent City Christmas Card

    Wynton Marsalis

    Release Date1989

    TracksCarol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, Little Drummer Boy

    "Winter Wonderland"

    "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

    "O Come All Ye Faithful"

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  • 	This Time of Year13
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    This Time of Year

    June Christy

    "Ring A Merry Bell"

    "The Merriest"

    "Christmas Heart"

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  • A Merry Christmas!14
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    A Merry Christmas!

    Stan Kenton

    Release Date1961

    TracksAngels We Have Heard on High, The Twelve Days of Christmas, O Come

    "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

    "Angels We Have Heard On High"

    "O Tannenbaum"

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    December

    Chris Botti

    Release Date2002

    TracksWinter Wonderland, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Perfect Day

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    "The Christmas Song"

    "Winter Wonderland"

    "I Really Dont Want Much For Christmas"

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  • Sound of Christmas16
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    Sound of Christmas

    Ramsey Lewis, The Ramsey Lewis Trio

    Release Date1961

    TracksMerry Christmas Baby, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Christmas Song

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    "Christmas Blues"

    "Here Comes Santa Claus"

    "Sleigh Ride"

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  • Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas17

    Release Date1966

    TracksMy Favorite Things, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

    "White Christmas"

    "The Christmas Song"

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  • The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album18
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    The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album

    Charlie Byrd

    Release Date1982

    TracksOh Christmas Tree, What Child Is This?, God Rest Ye Merry

    LabelConcord Concerto

    "O Come All Ye Faithful"

    "Deck The Halls"

    "Mistletoe And Holly"

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  • A Smooth Jazz Christmas19
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    A Smooth Jazz Christmas

    Dave Koz

    "Smooth Jazz Christmas Overture"

    "The Christmas Song"

    "Silent Night"

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  • What a Wonderfull Christmas20
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    What a Wonderfull Christmas

    Louis Armstrong and friends

    "Christmas In New Orleans"

    "It's Christmas Time Again"

    "Cool Yule"

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  • Silent Nights: A Christmas Jazz Album21
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    Silent Nights: A Christmas Jazz Album

    Chet Baker

    Release Date1986

    TracksSilent Night, Part 1, Hark

    "Silent Night"

    "The First Noel"

    "We Three Kings"

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  • When My Heart Finds Christmas22
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    Release Date1993

    TracksWhat Child Is This?, The Blessed Dawn of Christmas Day, When My Heart Finds Christmas

    Length (mins)00:55:44

    LabelColumbia

    "Sleigh Ride"

    "Santa Claus"

    "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"

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  • Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album 23
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    Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album

    Tony Bennett

    "Winter Wonderland"

    "Christmasland"

    "My Favourite Things"

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  • Harry for the Holidays24
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    Harry for the Holidays

    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Release Date2003

    TracksNature Boy, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Mary's Little Boy Child

    Length (mins)01:09:21

    Genres (Music)Orchestra, Big Band

    "Frosty The Snowman"

    "The Christmas Waltz"

    "Silver Bells"

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  • My Kind of Christmas25
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    My Kind of Christmas

    Dean Martin

    "Baby It's Cold Outside"

    "Silver Bells"

    "The Christmas Blues"

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