When I was a little kid I always equated Jazz with Christmas because of this song. The sound just represented to me at the time what I thought was Jazz. Sometimes now I will still hear a little bit of Christmas in some Jazz tunes.

The Christmas Song simply put is a classic. According to BMI it is their most performed Christmas song. Written by Mel Torme and Bob Wells during a sweltering heatwave in the Summer of 1944, it was first recorded by The Nat King Cole Trio in 1946 and subsequently by everyone else over the last 64 years. It will probably be recorded by everyone else for the next 64 years. Now that’s a classic.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.