Tonight: Holly Cole's “Night Before Christmas”

The jazz chanteuse brings her decade-long yuletide tradition to the Blue Note

Some things are just meant to be. "With a name like Holly, I had no choice but to explore the holiday repertoire,” says Canadian jazz chanteuse Holly Cole, whose most recent release "Holly Cole" landed on NPR’s Top 10 Jazz Album list last year.

Every year for the last decade, the sultry singer and her merry quintet have performed a holiday variety revue of sorts, mixing old yuletide chestnuts – like Louis Armstrong’s "Zat you Santa Claus?" – with newer seasonal treats – like Ron Sexsmith's "Maybe This Christmas” – and throwing in plenty of non-holiday material that still captures the darker, bluesier side of the most wonderful time of the year.

For the very first time, Cole & Co. will perform their “Night Before Christmas" in New York City, taking over the stage at the cozy Blue Note for two shows. If you can’t make it, consider picking her her album “Baby It's Cold Outside” (E1 Music), a highlight of the sleepy-eyed singer’s nearly two-decade career.

Holly Cole’s “A Night Before Christmas”
Monday, November 30, 8 and 10:30PM
The Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street; 212-475-8592
$15 (bar) and $25 (table)
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