In our previous installment of this blog series, we selected songs from the "Giants of Jazz" - legends like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans. In this 42nd episode, we focus on the more contemporary "smooth jazz." Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion and is influenced by jazz, R&B, funk and other musical styles. Smooth, atmospheric and often romantic, smooth jazz is a perfect choice for a wedding cocktail hour.
Our selected smooth jazz favorites are skewed towards instrumentals, but include a smattering of vocal versions. Popular artists from the smooth jazz category include Norman Brown, Grover Washington Jr., Ronny Jordan, Kenny G, Paul Hardcastle and Richard Eliot. We've also includes a song by Sweetback, better known as Sade's band.
For our signature cocktail to accompany the smooth jazz, DJ Gregg Ambient has selected the sweet and smooth Kahlua and Cream. Kahlua is a coffee-based liqueur produced in Mexico.
The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour
- "Chord" - Sweetback (Sade's band)
- "Songbird" - Kenny G.
- "Europa" - Gato Barbieri
- "Miami Overnight" - Chris Botti
- "It's All Good" - Boney James
- "Q.T." - Richard Eliot
- "Tequila Moon" - Jessy J.
- "Smooth Sensation" - Ken Navarro
- "Let's Get it Started" - Brian Culbertson
- "Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)" - Grover Washington, Jr.
- "Stairway to Heaven" - Stanley Jordan
- "Breezin'" - George Benson
- "For the Love of You" - Norma Brown
- "Riders on the Storm" - Tribaljazz
- "Tutu" - Miles Davis
- "We're in this Love Together" - Al Jarreau
- "Since I Fell For You" - Bob James and David Sanborn w/ Al Jarreau
- "Mornin'" - George Benson and Al Jarreau
- "Break for the Border" - Acoustic Alchemy
- "Trippin Rhythm" - Paul Hardcastle
Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists
Here are our prior submissions:
- Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour. Click here.
- TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour. Click here.
- Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour. Click here.
- The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour. Click here.
- The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service
Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com.