75 Best Jazz Songs for Weddings
When you think of jazz, do your toes start tapping? Are you thinking of cocktail tables, black ties, and martinis? If your wedding includes a cocktail hour, you simply must have a jazz playlist.
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 ’30s Jazz Swing was most popular with artists like Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and Artie Shaw.
Is jazz good for a wedding?
Of course, it is. Most people don’t realize that jazz is the origin of Rock and Roll (swing anyone?). Instrumental takes on your favorite tunes are perfect for the father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and even the first dance. May we suggest, “The Very Thought of You,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” or “Let’s Fall in Love?” Those are perfect songs for the first dance.
Table of Contents:
- Jazz Wedding Songs
- Jazz Wedding Songs Spotify Playlist
- Top 10 Jazz Song Downloads
- Questions about Jazz Wedding Songs
The Best Wedding Jazz Songs
We have curated a list of our favorite jazz songs for weddings. Did we miss your favorite diddy? Let us know which one should be there and which song it should replace. This Jazz song list is curated by Matthew Campbell.
Last Updated: August 28, 2021
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Top 10 Jazz Songs
(most popular Amazon downloads)
- Grazing in the Grass – Hugh Masekela
- Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
- Feeling Good – Nina Simone
- Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra feat. Count Basie And His Orchestra
- In The Mood – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
- Rise – Herb Alpert
- My Way – Frank Sinatra
- Unforgettable – Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
- Theme From New York, New York… – Frank Sinatra
- Breezin’ – George Benson
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What Is Jazz Music?
Jazz music was influenced by West African folk music. Although it is thought that Jazz started in New Orleans in the early 20th century, it’s simply not the birthplace. Though it is part of the route up the Mississippi River where jazz is most famous — St. Louis, Chicago, and Kansas City.
Jazz music is an American creation. In many ways, it’s the only truly American music. Jazz music is more than just enjoyed by other musicians. It is considered a heartfelt expression of the soul.
“Jazz” isn’t just one style of music either. 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 1930s Jazz Swing was most popular with artists like Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and Artie Shaw.
What’s the Difference Between Swing and Jazz?
Maybe you came across our Best Swing Songs list for your wedding. Swing is part of jazz but not all jazz is swing. Songs can cross between both categories; especially if it’s rearranged. 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 songs. Feel free to check those out as well.
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