15 December: Jimmy McGriff: White Christmas

Published December 15, 2021

I am astounded, nay shocked, to realise that, as far as I can tell, I have never once featured a track from the magnificent Christmas With McGriff album in the Advent Calendar. Time to rectify that!

The album was first released in 1963 and was quite successful, reaching number 15 on Billboard's Christmas chart. As you can probably tell from 'White Christmas', McGriff was really committed to the Hammond organ and its possibilities, taking private lessons from other Hammond pioneers such as Milt Buckner and Jimmy Smith. To me, the track combines the slightly over the top with the very cool, which is often how we like it in the Advent Calendar.

Listen to 'White Christmas' here.

Or listen on Spotify, where I've created a playlist for this year's Advent Calendar.

The Spotify playlist for all the previous Advent Calendars is here. Note: The playlist is incomplete, as some of my calendar selections are just too obscure for Spotify.







McGriff goes crazy on the electric organ.

Advent Calendar 2021