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What Are the Best Jazz Christmas Songs in the JazzTimes Era? 50 Years, 50 Jazz Christmas Songs

In honor of our golden anniversary, here are 50 of our favorite jazz Christmas recordings from the past five decades

Wynton Marsalis: Crescent City Christmas Card
Cover of Wynton Marsalis’ Crescent City Christmas Card

As 2020 draws to a close (and good riddance), one of the few things we’ve enjoyed about this year—the celebration of JazzTimes‘ 50th anniversary—is also reaching its end. But before it does, here’s one last treat, and a very seasonal one at that: Our Contributing Editor Lee Mergner, a holiday-music connoisseur par excellence, has compiled for your listening pleasure a special Spotify playlist of our favorite 50 jazz Christmas songs from the past 50 years. Consider it the Yuletide version of our recent Top 50 Jazz Albums of the Past 50 Years list. We hope it helps brighten your holidays, we wish you and yours a merry and a happy, and let’s hope for better days in 2021, with love and music for all.