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Christmas in Jazz


The music along the streets of the town centers of Perugia and Orvieto from December 8th to January 6th.

The artists who have participated over the years in Umbria Jazz will act as the soundtrack in the town centers of Perugia and Orvieto during the Christmas holidays.

The idea of the local authorities of the festival’s historical towns was enthusiastically welcomed by the Fondazione Umbria Jazz, which put to work to create a custom playlist.

Having participated in Umbria Jazz and having played or sung Christmas songs are the two criteria which led to the selection of musicians and tracks.

A list of 50 songs will make the atmosphere more joyful and cheerful from December 8th to January 6th, despite the not completely over health emergency.

An extract of this compilation will also create a collection in collaboration with Warner Music Italy, entitled “Umbria Jazz Christmas”, available for digital download from December 18th.

Moreover, Orvieto will live, albeit in a symbolic way, the atmosphere of the unfortunately cancelled festival: cutouts of some artists in the collection will be in the streets of the town center.

Here’s the complete playlist which can be listened to in the two town centers from December 8th:


  1. Kurt Elling – This Christmas
  2. Elton John – Step into Christmas
  3. Sting – Gabriel’s Message
  4. Mario Biondi – Let it Snow
  5. Keith Jarrett – Santa Claus is Coming to Town (LIVE)
  6. Diana Krall – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  7. John Pizzarelli – Santa Claus is Near
  8. Solomon Burke – Presents for Christmas
  9. Paolo Fresu Quintet – Joy to the World (con Daniele di Bonaventura)
  10. Prince – Another Lonely Christmas
  11. Fabrizio Bosso Quartet – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (Feat. Walter Ricci)
  12. Gregory Porter – The Christmas Song
  13. Liza Minnelli – Have Yourself A Merry Litle Christmas (LIVE
  14. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Away in a Manger (LIVE)
  15. Quincy Jones, the All Star Chorus – Handel’s Hallelujah!
  16. Gloria Gaynor – Christmas Prayer
  17. Tony Bennett – Snowfall
  18. Carla Bley – God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Part 1 + Part 2)
  19. Carlos Santana – Posada (Pilgrimage to Bethlehem)
  20. London community gospel choir – Oh Happy Day
  21. Michael Buble – Santa Claus is Coming to town
  22. Natalie Cole – The Christmas Song
  23. Brad Mehldau – Christmas Time Is Here
  24. Joshua Redman – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  25. Al Jarreau – White Christmas
  26. George Benson – Good King Bad
  27. Ahmad Jamal – Snow Fall (LIVE)
  28. Burt Bacharach – Christmas Day
  29. Charlie Haden e Hank Jones Spiritual – It came upon the midnight clear
  30. Eric Clapton – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  31. Diana Ross – The Christmas Song
  32. BB King – Lonesome Christmas
  33. Count Basie – Jingle Bells
  34. James Brown – Soulful Christmas
  35. John Scofield – Chipmunk Christmas
  36. Dianne Reeves – The Christmas song
  37. Benny Green – Silent Night
  38. Dexter Gordon – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  39. Harry Connick Jr. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  40. Cassandra Wilson – Little Drummer Boy
  41. Chick Corea – What Child is This
  42. Take 6 – Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  43. Zion Harmonizers – When Jesus Was Born
  44. Erykah Badu – The World Keeps Turning (On Xmas)
  45. Mark Knopfler – The Ragpicker’s Dream
  46. Wynton Marsalis – Carol of the bells
  47. Sarah Vaughan – Snowbound
  48. Tuck & Patti – Christmas wish
  49. Nat King Cole – Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You)
  50. Caetano Veloso – In the hot sun of a Christmas Day