The Little Drummer Boy & Johnny Cash


I ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm & Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday sings “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Tony Scott (clarinet), Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone), Carl Drinkard (piano), Billy Bauer (guitar), Leonard Gaskin (bass), and Cozy Cole (drums). Recorded in NYC, February 14, 1955 (Verve Records).

Earlier and I think better version with smaller ensemble. Jonah Jones (trumpet), Edgar Sampson (clarinet, alto sax), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Allan Reuss (guitar), John Kirby (bass), Cozy Cole (drums). Recorded in New York, January 12, 1937 (Vocalion Records).

Incidentally, 2015 is Billie Holiday’s centenary. Check out the tributes at

Bach & Sunday Music Christmas Oratorio

Now, just hold on there. This post is not like one of those Christmas trees that doesn’t get thrown away soon enough and sits there shedding dried up old needles past New Year’s Day. No, officially, Christmas keeps going until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I’m in the clear. So, I offer you the first movement of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, which is not only still legit season-wise but also seems like an upbeat way to kick off our 2015 musical Sundays.

The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.