My mom loved the sounds of jazz and big band, and she got me interested in some of it at a young age. I still remember her jitterbugging out on the dance floor with my uncle. My dad only did the slow stuff (as do I—unless it’s “The Chicken Dance” or “The Hokey Pokey.” Those two I can handle.) Here are some of her vintage favorites, along with a few of my own from the modern era.
VINTAGE: “Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra
VINTAGE: “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
VINTAGE: “Frosty the Snowman” by Ella Fitzgerald
VINTAGE: “Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Dean Martin
MODERN: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by Eva Celia
MODERN: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams
MODERN: “We Three Kings” by Wynton Marshalls and the Lincoln Center Orchestra
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