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The Night Before Christmas

Duke Pearson Merry Ole SoulThis week on Night Lights it’s “The Night Before Christmas,” with Christmas-Eve jazz from Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Louis Armstrong, Duke Pearson, Frank Sinatra, and more. “The Night Before Christmas” airs at 11:05 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, on WFIU.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Angels We Have Heard on High/Joy to the World
Joe Pass — Six-String Santa (Laserlight, 1992)
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Christmas Night in Harlem
Louis Armstrong — A Traditional Jazz Christmas (GRP/Decca, 1955)

Notes: With the Benny Carter Orchestra.

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Swingin' for Christmas
Gene Ammons — A Traditional Jazz Christmas (GRP/Decca, 1948)
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Merry Christmas Baby
Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (MCA/Chess, 1961)
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Be-Bop Santa Claus
Babs Gonzales — Hipsters' Holiday (Rhino, 1955)
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A Bebop Carol
Fats Navarro — Fat Girl (LP) (Savoy, 1947)
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White Christmas
Charlie Parker — Complete Live Performances on Savoy (Savoy, 1948)

Notes: Dec. 25 broadcast

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O Little Town of Bethlehem
Duke Pearson — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1969)

Notes: Midpoint music bed. Also on the album MERRY OLE SOUL.

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Silent Night
Dinah Washington — What a Wonderful Christmas (Hip-O, 1953)
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What Child Is This?
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)
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Christo Redentor
Donald Byrd — A New Perspective (Blue Note, 1963)

Notes: Duke Pearson's composition.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Duke Pearson — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1969)

Notes: Outtake from the MERRY OLE SOUL sessions.

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A Child is Born
Organissimo (Big O Records, 2005)

Notes: Jim Alfredson on organ, Joe Gloss on guitar, Randy Marsh on drums.

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Frank Sinatra — A Jolly Christmas (Capitol, 1957)
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The Christmas Song
Dexter Gordon — The Panther (Prestige, 1970)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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