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Swing! Episode 5 – Santa Swings


Episode 5 – Santa Swings

This episode is hosted by the big man himself – you know . . . the guy in red, the dude with the sleigh, he who hires elves and runs with reindeer – Santa Claus! Before he comes to town, he thought he’d swing by to play you some of his favourite Christmas tunes. If you don’t listen, he has assured me that you will be put on the naughty list!

The guy is admittedly pretty old – but he’s hip . . . who else could get away with wearing red velvet in public? So, his taste tends towards classics you just don’t hear anymore, by swingers such as Louis Armstrong, Art Carney, Mabel Scott, Lena Horne, Louis Prima, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers, Pearl Bailey, Frankie Carle, Benny Goodman, Julia Lee, Peggy Lee, Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton & Billy Holiday.

We think you’ll agree that these are some the best versions of Christmas songs ever recorded – as well as some that I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard before – and they are all gathered for you here in one place for this 5th episode of “Swing!” So, hop on Santa’s sleigh and enjoy the ride!

If you have a comment to Santa about the show, or anything else – I know him personally, so just send you letters to

Merry Christmas & Agape Ya’ll
J. Scott Fugate, ‘The Jazz Evangelist

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Episode 5 – Santa Swings

Artist – Track – Album – Year

Louis Armstrong   Zat You, Santa Claus?    Christmas Through The Years    1953
Art Carney   Twas The Night Before Christmas   Jingle Bell Swing   1954
Mabel Scott   Boogie Woogie Santa Claus   Hipster’s Holiday   1948
Lena Horne   Jingle All The Way   Merry From Lena   1966
Louis Prima   Shake Hands With Santa Claus   Swingin’ Christams   1951
Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald   Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer   The Crosby Christmas Sessions   1952
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers   Dig That Crazy Santa Claus   Hipster’s Holiday   1954
Pearl Bailey   A Five Pound Box of Money   Hipster’s Holiday   1958
Louis Armstrong & His Allstars   Christmas Night In Harlem   Best of Louis Armstrong – Christmas   1955
Ella Fitzgerald   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!   Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas   1960
Frankie Carle & His Orchestra   Little Jack Frost Get Lost   1940’s Christmas    1936
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Jingle Bells   A Swinging Christmas   1935
Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends   Christmas Spirit   Doo Wop Christmas   1947
Louis Armstrong & The Commanders  Cool Yule   Best of Louis Armstrong – Christmas   1953
Ella Fitzgerald   Sleigh Ride   Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas   1960
Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee   Here Comes Santa Claus   The Crosby Christmas Sessions   1949
Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee   Winter Weather   Benny Goodman featuring Peggy Lee   1941
Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang   What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’)   Jingle Bell Swing   1936
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra   Santa Claus Is Coming To Town   1940’s Christmas    1935
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra   Merry Christmas Baby   Swingin’ Christams   1950
Benny Goodman   Santa Claus Came In The Spring   1940’s Christmas   1935
Billy Holiday   I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm   Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas   1955

Background Swing Provided by:
Dave Brubeck Quartet   Santa Claus Is Coming To Town   1961

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