Jazz songs for ceremony- help please!

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Have you sat down and listend to the songs they provided?
Like, look them up on YouTube and see which ones you like/don’t like.

Make a playlist and listen to them, and check off the ones you like. You’ll probably narrow it down significantly.

It will be hard for us to give suggestions without knowing what’s on your list or not – 50 songs is a LOT.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Bridebee13:  Ah, what a tempting thing to say! “The sky’s the limit!” 
I’d give the songs a listen first – you never know what you might find!

Since we haven’t found any music yet (yikes!) we have to sit down and listen through the list of 100 song suggestions our DJ gave us 😛
I think our processional will be Kevin Kern’s “In my Life,” but it’s a piano piece.

My jazz tops are pieces like Take Five and Watermelon Man… unless you’re doing some very funky processing in, those won’t work. 😛

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Bridebee13:  DH and I had our first dance to What a Difference a Day Made by Jamie Cullum (although I think it is an older Jazz song). Maybe worth checking out. I would take PP’s idea of listening to what they have and narrowing them down as well OR you could go to a music store and they usually have books there with sample cds so you can listen to what it sounds like.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

What A Difference A Day Made (Dinah Washington/Sarah Vaughan), They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Frank Sinatra), Embraceable You (Sarah Vaughan/Etta James), ‘Deed I Do (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall), You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra), Our Love Is Here To Stay (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerlad), Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan), ‘S Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald), When I Fall in Love (Miles Davis), My One and Only Love (Joe Henderson).  Lots and lots of great jazz standards/ballads that are wonderful for both ceremony and reception! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Additionally, if they say that they will do anything, that generally means they would be willing to arrange any song that you and your FI love in a way that works for the group’s instrumentation.  Let them know about any songs you love regardless of genre, and they will let you know if they can arrange it for the setting! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What sonsg do you need – processional and what else?  What kind of feel do you want for each one?

Might I also suggest finding a Jazz message board and asking for suggestions there?

@Bridebee13:  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

What instruments are  your jazz trio playing?

I’m having FI include some Django Reinhardt for jazz pieces — it would sort of help with providing a “vintage vibe” too. (Guitar gypsy jazz)
Look up the song Minor Swing on YouTube

If one of the trio members play piano, I suggest looking any Oscar Peterson’s songs or any of George Gershwin’s.

Other slow jazz-ish songs,
At Last by Etta James

For entrance music, I think “Some Day My Prince Will Come” is also a nice jazz instrumental number.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Bridebee13:  I’m assuming you like jazz as you wanted a jazz trio. What songs do you already know and like? That’s where I’d start. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Bridebee13:  Honestly, I just told my professional musician this, “you’re the professional and have done this more often than me.  I trust you to choose the music you think will set the best tone.  For refrence, I really like fun, mellow music such as Jason Mraz.”  (We had a beach wedding).

Totally eliminated the stress of having to choose songs!  Maybe it’s my background as an HR person and a manager, but I just don’t see why I would make so many small decisions for my vendors.  They are professionals, they can do their jobs.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I walked down to Grover Washington’s Mr. Magic. 

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