With this last Jazz Friday post before Christmas, I’m going to feature one more holiday song. You can’t think of the Peanuts without hearing Vince Guaraldi’s amazing music. Vince (Wikipedia) was an accomplished jazz musician with a career entirely outside of the Peanuts. By far, my favorite Guaraldi album is the Charlie Brown Christmas album and on that album, my favorite track is Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental). I love the melody, the pacing, and the chord changes. This song represents the whole package. A lot of people have covered this song in past years. My current favorite is this one by Diana Krall. However, in my mind nothing beats Vince Guaraldi’s original.