Post # 1
We are planning a formal wedding, but I really am not too worried about the cocktail music.
We have a grand piano at our reception venue for our use and we have rented out the entire historical woman’s club for our wedding. I have always envisioned having a classical pianist or a string group do our cocktail hour, but a very good friend of mines brother is a very very talented Jazz Pianist and is willing to do our cocktail hour for free. (He majored in it and all and is trying to make a name for himself in the private event scene). I’m not so much worried about the cost since we have already budgeted for cocktail hour musicians but I’d really like to give him a shot and the oppurtunity to get his name out there.
Our cocktail hour will be held on the first floor witch is the tea room
with our reception in the ballroom
Do you think it would work out? Am I swaying towards “yes” because I want to help somebody out?
Post # 3
Personally, I love jazz and think it’s a great way to start the party.
Post # 4
There’s an interesting study somewhere showing that the musical improvisation of jazz can stress people out, whereas classical can calm them down…I don’t know if I’ve noticed either way, but preferences are preferences and I’ve always been fond of classical…but you do what you want!
Post # 5
I think either could work, but I voted for classical because I’d rather have professional musicians. Your friend’s brother may not be as adept at putting together a set list, reading the crowd, etc.
Post # 6
@Nona99: I am also fond of classical…play piano and cello myself. I just had never really noticed cocktail music to tell you the truth – jazz or not! That is such an interesting study on Jazz stressing people out – I had never heard that!
Post # 7
@ellbell921: It was done in connection with a stude that dovetailed the same theory only with spoken word, Shakespear’s iambic pentameter has a rhythm and cadence that people’s internal metronome’s respond to, just like classical, they fall into the patterns and even if they don’t notice it, prefer the music because it’s a “safe” thing to listen to in the sense you don’t really have to pay attention to it in order to know what is going to happen next on a subconscious level…it’s that very reasoning which infers that jazz is a more “stressful” or exciting thing to listen to, since you would really have to focus on it to garner all of the changes in tempo and beat…muscial theory and human response has always fascinated me…terribly….and I know I’m a nerd too, but I’m a nerd that knows Shakespear and that is SEXY!
Post # 8
It totally depends on the feel you want! I’ve hired a string trio to perform my ceremony and cocktail hour. For the prelude and ceremony part they will probably do classical music and maybe some more standard/romantic jazz but for cocktail hour, they’ll be playing swing jazz. But that’s really what they specialize in and why I hired them. I think of the cocktail hour as the beginning of the party and I want it to be more lively. If you want the emphasis to be on elegance, maybe go with classical. Although I think jazz can certainly be elegant.
It also depends on what type of jazz you’re talking about. I mean is he going to be playing romantic standards or hard bop? Since you say he’s trying to make a name for himself in events, I’m sure he knows how to pitch the music so it’s more elegant and less stressful.