Post # 1
We are having a DJ for our cocktail hour who will be playing 1920-40s music and then a “crooner” for our reception. I have been researching songs for the guys to play and sing by listening to Pandora, but I’d love to get some other people’s suggestions. I am definitely no expert! Glenn Miller Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole are some of our favorites, but I’d love to get a larger variety.
Please feel free to suggest an artist or a particular song.
Thank you you for your help!
(Our first song is “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole and our last song is “The Best is Yet to Come” by Sinatra to give you an idea what what I mean.)
Post # 2
Jazz Standards. Every jazz band/singer should know enough for a full set. They’re songs that everyone in the jazz world does, but with their own spin on it. So if you want a specific version, you’ll want to say so, but honestly, you can’t really go wrong with it. Some will improvise in different ways, or choose to exclude the intro, it all varies. Here’s an example: “Nice Work If You Can Get It” by Sarah Vaughan and the Andrews Sisters. Same basic song, but they’ve put their own twist on it.
Post # 3
Totally in love with this era! Cab Calloway is a big one that you missed. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a modern band does a lot in that style, either updating older songs or producing their own music in that style.
Others: Count Basie (All Right, Okay, You Win), Etta James (At Last), Tony Bennett, Bette Midler (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy), The Brian Setzer Orchestra (great covers), Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Colin James (Safronia B), Royal Crown Review
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Cole Porter songs – most jazz singers should have some in their repertoire. He wrote hundreds of beautiful songs – De-Lovely is one of my favourite.