"Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?"
Season 2, Episode 4
Air date May 1, 2011
US viewers 0.56 million
Written by Lolis Eric Elie &
Eric Overmyer (story)
Lolis Eric Elie (teleplay)
Directed by Alex Zakrzewski
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"Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?" is the fourth episode of the second season. It is the fourteenth episode of the series overall. It was first broadcast on HBO on May 1, 2011 and drew 0.56 million viewers. The teleplay was written by Lolis Eric Elie from a story he co-wrote with Eric Overmyer. It was directed by Alex Zakrzewski.

Antoine gets a job as an elementary school music teacher. Davis has his aunt invest in his new record label. Sonny auditions for Antoine's band, but he is not impressed with Sonny's skills. Janette lashes out at her boss. Delmond suggests to Albert that he could be depressed, but apologizes for his comment.


Antoine is hired as music instructor at an elementary school. Toni speaks with a witness who says police were beating people during the Abreu incident, but will not testify. A documentary filmmaker asks Albert if they could film the process of the making of the suits, but he declines. He eventually accepts her to film them on Mardi Gras day. Davis gets his Aunt to invest $5,000 in his new record label. Annie performs onstage with Shawn Colvin, and is later introduced to her manager. Sonny auditions for the Soul Apostles, but Antoine is not overly impressed. LaDonna, still shaken by the incident, continues working at the bar, but not at nights. Janette, fed up of how her boss treats her, and that Alan Richmond, a critic that heavily criticized New Orleans restaurants in a GQ article is in the restaurant, leads her to throw a Sazerac at him. Davis and Aunt Mini launch their new record label, and begin recording with local musicians. Antoine's band debuts for the first time live, and when their guitarist June Yamagishi is unavailable for a Christmas Eve gig, they hire Sonny. Delmond, who has now rehired his manager, tells him his plans for a new record, to incorporate the roots of New Orleans jazz into his modern jazz. Delmond runs into Janette, who met each other in the airport the previous year, and invites her to his New Year's Eve gig. Sonny is warned by a band mate about blowing his chance at a constant gig when he warns him about his drug use. Antoine goes to Baton Rouge to give Christmas gifts to his sons. Albert and Delmond have Christmas dinner where Delmond suggests to his father that he is depressed. Later, Delmond apologizes to his father for his comment, where they smoke a joint and laugh together.




  1. Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams
  2. Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux
  3. Kim Dickens as Janette Desautel
  4. India Ennenga as Sofia Bernette
  5. Michiel Huisman as Sonny
  6. Melissa Leo as Antoinette Bernette
  7. Lucia Micarelli as Annie
  8. Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreux
  9. Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste
  10. Steve Zahn as Davis McAlary
  11. David Morse as Terry Colson
  12. Jon Seda as Nelson Hidalgo


  1. Jelly Roll Morton -& King Oliver "": Delmond at home in NY talks to Jill about jazz.
  2. Ingird Lucia - "Zat You Santa Claus?": Mimi & Davis talk in bar.
  3. Houseman - "Pimp My Sleigh": Ladonna at Gigi's, jukebox plays.
  4. Shawn Colvin - "Another Long One": Shawn Colvin plays HOB and Annie sits in.
  5. Shawn Colvin - "I'm Gone": Shawn Colvin plays HOB and Annie sits in.
  6. The Soul Apostles - "Teasin' You": Sonny & The Soul Apostles rehearsal.
  7. Sonny Landreth - "Got To Get You Under My Tree": Annie and manager talk at HOB.
  8. Katey Red - "Niggaz Out There (Playa Hatin)": McAlary & Aunt Mimi sign contract.
  9. Baby Dodds Trio - "Les Ognons": Lyndsey tours museum.
  10. Aaron Neville - "Louisiana Christmas Day": Gigi's bar, jukebox plays.
  11. The Soul Apostles with June Yamaghishi - "Fire on The Bayou": Soul Apostles rehearsal.
  12. The Soul Apostles with June Yamaghishi - "Love and Happiness": Soul Apostles rehearsal.
  13. Jelly Roll Morton - "The Complete Library of Congress Recordings":
  14. Big Freedia - "Azz Everywhere": Bounce session in recording studio.
  15. Katey Red - "Ugly Buggin'": Bounce session in recording studio.
  16. Roomful of Blues - "Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?": Colson wraps presents.
  17. Cracimore - "Walsh's Ocean": Irish bar, Desautel is embarassed.
  18. Tom McDermott - "Deck the Halls": Police station decorating, desk radio plays.
  19. Louis Prima - "What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin')": Bernettes at home.
  20. The Soul Apostles - "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'": Soul Apostles at The Bottom Line.
  21. New Birth Brass Band - "Jingle Bells": Soul Apostles drink after gig.
  22. Betty Carter - "Let It Snow": Batiste at home for Christmas, WWOZ plays.
  23. Joe Williams - "Christmas Blues": Christmas montage.
  24. Tom McDermott - "Let It Snow": End titles.

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