This was recorded around 1958 by Maynard’s band. Maynard never did a Christmas album, so this was his only Christmas tune. I didn’t know about it until Mosaic came out with all of his Roulette recordings in 1994. It’s a tune the band rarely did, and probably more rare after the early 60’s.
Maynard shows his great ability to play in all the registers of the trumpet, and the band even gets to sing on this one. Can’t you imagine getting hired onto the band and you have to sing this tune on your first night?
When UNT acquired Maynard’s library, they actually performed this tune around 2010 at a Christmas concert in Ft. Worth. It was great to hear it performed live! We were there and the band sounded great, even the singing!