The Xmas playlist – OTR’s seasonal selection box
Festive tunes from Lou Rawls, Lord Beginner, Mary Margaret O’Hara, David Bowie, Charlie Parker, Trombone Shorty and others
The most unlikely seasonal duet of all time, recorded for the Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV show
Lou Rawls “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (Capitol)
From the 1967 “Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho!” album, here’s Lou and producer David Axelrod turning on all the Christmas lights.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Ain’t No Chimneys In the Projects” (Daptone)
You tell that Santa fecker, girl
James Brown “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” (People)
Another one with a righteous message for the big man in red
Charlie Parker “White Christmas” (Live recording)
Recorded at the Royal Roost in New York in Christmas Day 1948 with with Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Al Haig on piano, Tommy Porter on bass, Max Roach on Drums and Bird on sax. Well worth missing the Christmas dinner for.
Your annual reminder to watch Elf sometime in the coming days
Mary Margaret O’Hara “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” (Virgin)
Seasonal thrills from the Canadian singer with that haunting, mesmerising, melancholic voice.
Tom Waits “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” (Asylum)
The ghost of Christmas past is on the phone
Lord Beginner “Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning” (Big Eye)
A lot of you will be feeling what Trinidadian maestro Egbert Moore is feeling a week from today.
Trombone Shorty “O Holy Night” (YouTube)
This is without a shadow of a doubt OTR’s favourite Christmas tune. From a seasonal episode of Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 On Sunset Strip, Trombone Shorty leads a band of New Orleans’ musicians through a spine-tingling version.