When I first discovered an alto saxophone in the attic back in Trenton, New Jersey, at five years old, I never thought I would ever record a jazz record. When I began my music career five years later, I was already dreaming of making a Christmas record . . . that was fifty eight years ago.

Christmas was always a magical time for me as a child, and the music told the story of the season. Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole, Leroy Anderson. Now that was Christmas! After all these years, it is my pleasure to be able to present my tribute to the most wondrous of holidays, and to invite all of you to “Have yourself an Alto Madness Christmas”. . . forever! Richie Cole


1. Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi

2. Let it Snow – Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne

3. O Christmas Tree – Ernst Anschutz

4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Kim Gannon & Walter Kent

5. Mr. Grinch B. Bopsky – Richie Cole

6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Tommie Connor

7. Christmas in New England – Richie Cole

8. Jingle Bell Rock – Joseph Beal & James Booth

9. Bad Santa – Richie Cole

10. White Christmas – Irving Berlin

11. Blue Christmas – Billy Hayes & Jay W. Johnson

12. Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas – Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane

13. A Song for Christmas – Carroll Coates

14. Silver Bells – Jay Livingston & Ray Evans

15. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson & Mitchell Parish

16. The Christmas Song – Bob Wells & Mel Torme