It’s a Christmas Day episode, with jazz versions of Christmas Carols, snow-themed songs, Santa ditties, toy songs, and more, including tunes from Carla Bley, Rhoda Scott, Kermit Ruffins, Tony Bennett, The Bad Plus, and Charles Mingus.
12/23 in a nutshell…
Merry Skanksmas, skassengers… due to the fact that a good crateful of our music got left on the launchpad this week, we had to reach, reach, reach for ska/rocksteady/reggae/lounge that we could tangentially connect to winter, let alone Christmas! Hence, Alton Ellis’ Remember That Sunday because this Sunday is Boxing Day, Tokyo Ska’s And the Angels Sing because the title mentions singing angels, and Gil Fuller and the MJFO’s Seesaw because some of you may be giving/receiving an actual seesaw for Christmas! That said, we still had authentic seasonal goodies like Granville Williams’ Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town and a couple of Nutcracker goodies a la Duke Ellington. Will Santa give Shiina Ringo a Rickenbacker guitar and a Marshall amp (and, presumably, a quarter-inch cable to connect the two) for Christmas? …or will Mr. Sandman??
Listen to Marunouchi Sadistic (Expo Version) for the pertinent clue, and happy Ska-lidays, skassengers!
Today’s show was a Christmas present going out to my performing friends who make the Twin Cities their home. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get out and support live music. My Christmas wish for all of us: Peace On Earth!