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The Best of Christmas Jazz, 2016

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Dec 19, 2016 Updated Jan 5, 2017

Turn your dial to ABC Jazz this weekend! We're featuring festive tracks with a jazz twist, from Miles to Ella to Scofield.

Each year, ABC Jazz assembles a playlist ripe with tunes to suit the season. It includes some not-so-cheesy numbers from Miles Davis (pictured), Don Burrows, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Smith, Bill Evans and even a version of 'We Three Kings' by Rahsaan Roland Kirk (aptly titled 'We Free Kings'). Also rolling around are some older classics transferred from vinyl.

So, whether you're hosting a party or just sitting back and relaxing, tune into ABC Jazz this week for the best festive soundtrack, and don't forget to join Mal Stanley on Jazztrack for a look-back at his favourites from 2016. Plus, Jessica Nicholas will also present year annual year-in-review, alongside a sprinkling of Christmas crackers.

Artists in this feature

Ella Fitzgerald
Don Burrows
Oscar Peterson
Bill Evans
John Scofield
Dexter Gordon
Duke Ellington
Billie Holiday
Herbie Hancock
Miles Davis
Chick Corea
Jimmy Smith
Rashaan Roland Kirk
Betty Carter
Bobby Watson
Eliane Elias
Roy Hargrove
Christian McBride
Shirley Horn
Wynton Marsalis
Diana Krall
Abbey Lincoln
Joey Caldarazzo
The Heritage Hall Jazz Band
Mark Whitfield
Nicholas Payton
Steps Ahead
Chet Baker
Stephan Scott
Kurt Elling
Ellis Marsalis
James Morrison
Benny Green
Arthur Blythe
John Hart
Cassandra Wilson
Rick Margitza
Louis Armstrong

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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, post-bop and jazz...

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