Lost Christmas Classics: Jimmy McGriff – “Christmas With McGriff” (Part 1)

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Hammond B-3 organist Jimmy McGriff had a successful career spanning 47 years & his music blurred the lines between jazz, gospel, blues & funk.  His music & styles were considered an influence on Britain’s “acid-jazz” movement in the early to mid-90’s spawning such groups as US3, Incognito & The Brand New Heavies.  McGriff is one of those jazz artists who released a number of singles, some of which charted not only on R&B/soul stations, but also gained minor airplay on some top40 outlets.  This obscurity was released in Dec. 1963 on Sue Records as a single, with Part 2 on the B-side.  The song in it’s entirety is the title track on the 1963 Sue album of the same name.

It’s a wet & windy weekend here in the Pacific Northwest – batten down the hatches, put another log on the fire, grab a hot beverage and enjoy a Christmas treat from us!

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Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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