(Closed) Jazz or Classical for cocktail hour?

posted 6 years ago in Music
  • poll: Jazz or Classical
    Absolutely - go jazz! It doesn't matter if it fits the same "theme" crazy girl : (21 votes)
    91 %
    Eh...maybe stick to classical. : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Personally, I love jazz and think it’s a great way to start the party. 

    Post # 4
    5954 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    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
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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 # 7
    5954 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @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
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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. Smile

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