December 13th – Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Song: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Album: David Grisman’s Acoustic Christmas
Performer: David Grisman
Writer: J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie
Year: 1983

This was my favorite new (to me) Christmas album of the year. I’m a sucker for acoustic bands playing jazz and that’s pretty much what you get with David Grisman. This rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town is SWINGING. I’m a really big fan of the harmonized melody with mandolin and fiddle and a moment with mandolin and banjo. And the bass gets a little break which is very nice.