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Christmas The Best Jazz Christmas Albums  

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List of all jazz Christmas albums. For many, jazz Christmas albums capture the essence of the holiday spirit, even if the music isn't quite what you'd expect to hear around holiday time. Some of the biggest bands and artists of the genre have released holiday songs that were much better than the traditional songs that flooded airwaves, allowing for the popularity of jazz songs, which are among the most requested during the holiday season. The albums and songs featured on this list are some of the most well known and popular titles of that genre, and likely introduced an entirely new audience to holiday and Christmas music. These are some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and some of the greatest jingles in the history of music. Bands like Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker and Chris Botti released music that captured the holiday spirit. Not to be outdone, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, and let's not forget the Rat Pack also released Christmas albums.

There are some albums that feature the traditional, standard songs, or reinterpreted songs. No matter what style or type of Christmas song you enjoy, you're likely to find an album on this list that will fit whatever music you enjoy. 

This is the list of jazz Christmas albums. From innovative takes on traditional songs to recreating the versions that have been around for years, jazz bands sure now how to make holiday music enjoyable. Take a look at other lists like Rap Christmas albums and Alternative Christmas Albums. The list is alphabetical but you can sort by any column.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Cyrus Chestnut

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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Chr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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An Oscar Peterson Christmas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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A Dave Brubeck Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Sound of Christmas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Ramsey Lewis, The Ramsey Lewis Trio

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Three Suites is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Duke Ellington

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Have Yourself a Jazzy Little C... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas Songs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Diana Krall, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

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Have Yourself a Soulful Little... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Brian P. Rucker added Kenny Burrell

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Crescent City Christmas Card is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas '64 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Jimmy Smith

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Christmas Jazz Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Wynton Marsalis

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December is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Chris Botti

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The Spirit of Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas Songs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Mel Tormé

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Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Ella Fitzgerald

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When My Heart Finds Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Harry Connick, Jr.

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Jazz Piano Christmas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Beegie Adair

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A Swingin' Christmas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Tony Bennett, Count Basie Orchestra, Count Basie Big Band

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God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Merry Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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A Nancy Wilson Christmas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas at My House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Larry Carlton

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Six String Santa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Joe Pass

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My Kind of Christmas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Christina Aguilera

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Silent Nights: A Christmas Jaz... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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What a Night! A Christmas Albu... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Harry Connick, Jr.

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Remembering Christmas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
David Benoit

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A Merry Christmas! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Stan Kenton

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Merry From Lena is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Lena Horne

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The Christmas Album is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
The Manhattan Transfer

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An Acapella Christmas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
The Manhattan Transfer

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Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth J... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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The Charlie Byrd Christmas Alb... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas Carousel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Peggy Lee

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A New Orleans Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

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An NPR Jazz Christmas with Mar... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Trio West Plays Holiday Songs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Jazz Musician's Christmas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
jcheek added Tom Kubis

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Jazz on Christmas Eve is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmas With Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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A Concord Jazz Christmas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Peace Round: A Christmas Celeb... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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David Grisman's Acoustic Chris... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Sweet Sax Christmas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Mark Maxwell

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The Christmas Message is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
Kirk Whalum

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Now Jazz X'mas Millennium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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A Christmas Concert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums

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Christmastime is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
David Benoit

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Wonderful Christmas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Christmas Albums
James Last