Joshua Redman’s take on Santa Claus is Coming to Town is one of my favourite Christmas jazz tunes. Not only does Josh swing hard on the melody, his solo contains line after line of incredible jazz language.
St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins has been a firm fixture in my set list for years. St. Thomas has a catchy melody and the harmony is easy to memorise.
A series of lessons on learning the head and solo by Cannonball Adderly on ‘Work Song’ from his album ‘Them Dirty Blues’. This is a superb example of the Blues scale in action!