A professor of jazz at Loyola University in New Orleans has released an album of Christmas music.

John Mahoney celebrated the release of the compact disc entitled "Christmas Joy" with a release party this week at Loyola.

Selections on the album by the John Mahoney Big Band include "Joy to the World," "Silent Night," " Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

In a Loyola news release, Mahoney says the musicians on the album are some of the best and most versatile jazz artists in the southeastern United States.