A Swingin' Christmas (Featuring The Count Basie Big Band)

A Swingin' Christmas
Studio album by Tony Bennett & The Count Basie Big Band
Released October 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)[1]
Recorded 2008
Genre Vocal jazz
Christmas music
Length 37:01
Label Columbia
Producer Phil Ramone
Tony Bennett & The Count Basie Big Band chronology
Duets: An American Classic
A Swingin' Christmas
Duets II
Professional ratings
Review scores

A Swingin' Christmas is a Christmas album by Tony Bennett, released in 2008, that features The Count Basie Big Band. Bennett's daughter Antonia Bennett also duets with him on one track.

The album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

Track listing

  1. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Gannon, Kent, Ram) [2:12]
  2. "Silver Bells" (Evans, Livingston) [3:17]
  3. "All I Want for Christmas Is You (A Christmas Love Song)" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel) [4:18]
  4. "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) [2:55]
  5. "Christmas Time Is Here" (Guaraldi, Mendelson) [3:59]
  6. "Winter Wonderland" (Bernard, Smith) [2:31]
  7. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Blane, Martin) [4:36]
  8. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Coots, Gillespie) [2:53]
  9. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" – with Antonia Bennett (Berlin) [3:31]
  10. "The Christmas Waltz" (Cahn, Styne) [3:22]
  11. "O Christmas Tree" (Traditional) [3:27]

Many retailers featured different variations:


Tony Bennett's combo

The Count Basie Orchestra

Production credits

Marketing campaign

To promote the release of the album Bennett granted numerous interviews, and made a number of television show performances, from the time of its release through the holiday season. This included a special free street performance outside of Bloomingdales department store at 4:30 p.m. on November 20 in New York City in which he performed three songs – "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Jingle Bells" – prior to the unveiling of the store's Christmas window displays. He also performed a special one-off concert at New York's famed Apollo Theater on December 16, billed as his only show in direct support of the release with The Count Basie Big Band.

Chart performance and certifications

After debuting at #159 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the album has thus far peaked at #28 in its sixth week on the chart. It also reached the zenith of the Billboard Top Jazz Albums in its seventh week on said chart.


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