We have created a list of our favorite best jazz songs for weddings. Jazz music was influenced by West African folk music. Although it is thought that Jazz started in New Orleans in the early 20th century, many areas in America also started playing jazz music at the same time such as St. Louis, Chicago and Kansas City.
Jazz music is an American creation. Jazz music is more than just played by musicians. It is considered a heartfelt expression.
Jazz spans many different styles of music such as Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, Scat, and much more. Early Jazz musicians were Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton. In the 30’s Jazz Swing was most popular with artists like Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and Artie Shaw.
Our Top 5 Best Jazz Songs for Weddings: 1) The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra, 2) At Last – Etta James, 3) What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong, 4) It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr., 5) Everything – Michael Buble.
Best Jazz Songs
The Best of Jazz vs. the Best of Swing. Please also see our Best of Swing songs. Songs could cross between both categories. However, we have decided to put artists like Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and the likes on the Best of Swing list. Some Jazz songs that do not have lyrics or verbiage may also be listed in our Instrumental song category.