This year, I’m feeling the big-band! I can’t wait to unveil what I’ve been working on.
In the mean time, I’ve collected 19 jazz-inspired Christmas piano solos. I wish I had time to play all these.
Sheet music is linked below (ranging from late intermediate to advanced). Click here to listen to all the pieces on Youtube as a playlist. Please let me know if you have any jazzy Christmas solos that aren’t on this list. Enjoy!
The first pieces are loud and boisterous…
New York, New York
A trombone player should jam with me. (Sheet Music)
Sleigh Ride – arr. A. Gentile
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bill Evans
Jingle Bells – Norman Henry Mamey
This one is energetic and dissonant. (Sheet Music)
Let it Snow – Jan Sanborn
The pianist in the recording needs to bring out the melody (the bass in the left hand is overpowering) but I’m sure this will be loud and fun to play. (Sheet music)
Winter Wonderland – Harry Connick, Jr
Big-band style– let’s raise the roof.
Go Tell it On the Mountains – Craig Curry
Great for practicing a steady bass rhythm. (Sheet Music)
These pieces are softer and cooler…
Christmas Jazzy – Sylvain Guinet
I’ve just discovered this composer, Sylvain Guinet– this piece has a nice theme, plus, it’s fun to play. I’ve been working on that ‘relaxed’ jazz tone. Here’s more of his music. (Sheet Music) Edit: Thank you to timeforolive and TheMcDucky for pointing out that the wrong video was linked!
O Tannenbaum – Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi
Joy to the World – Phillip Keveren
A quiet, playful kind of joy. (Sheet Music)
Winter Wonderland – Dave Brubeck
I love the free-flowing interlude. I haven’t seen the sheet music so I don’t know if it’s improvised, but it sure makes a person feel relaxed. (Sheet Music)
Jingle Bells – Jacob Koller
Quiet and cool– the opposite of the last version of this classic. (Sheet Music)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Something soft and lulling. The score is written out for a Classical pianist, with syncopations noted. Edit: Alternative sheet music found, since the last link broke. (Sheet music)
Silent Night – Steve Calderone
We Three Kings – John Eidsvoog
A cool jazz waltz, lots of improv-like passages. (Sheet Music)
Precious Lord – Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes writes hymns, and jazz, and jazz hymns. This one is what I think of as “dinner jazz.” (Sheet Music)
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
My favourite rendition of this song is the duet with Josh Groban and Celine Dion. This pieces is classical, but I couldn’t resist sharing– I’m reading great reviews about the arrangement by Dan Coates. (Sheet Music)
This video is an arrangement by Kyle Landry; thank you Travis for pointing this out!
Want more Christmas piano solos? Click here for Awesome + Uncommon Christmas Piano Solos.
Know a friend who would enjoy this music? Feel free to send it to them.