Jazz music has offered us all kinds of treasures since its inception back in the last days of the 1800s. Over the years, numerous artists and groups have contributed with sweet and impactful standards as well as extensive improvised melodies and tunes.
As a live jazz band specializing in original jazz styles such as Dixieland and swing, we have played at countless weddings and other such events. Every so often, during the planning and preparation phase, we have had people come up and ask us for suggestions with regard to love songs.
Original jazz numbers to help them express themselves to their special someone if you will! Though there are hundreds of brilliant songs you could choose from out there, we’re going to highlight a few personal favorites and tell you why we’ve suggested them.
Just an Hour of Love – Bix Beiderbecke
So let’s say, you don’t want to overwhelm your special someone with something heavy but at the same time, you don’t want to under express yourself either. Relatable? If so, Bix Beiderbecke’s; Just an Hour of Love is a brilliant choice.
Boasting skillful instrumental harmonies and a lighthearted fun kind of tempo, the song is perfect when you want to express yourself but aren’t sure it’s time to bring out the big guns just yet! You don’t need to tell your special someone who a little time with them would make your day! Let good ol’ Bix do it for you!
Rhythm and Romance – Fats Waller
Maybe Bix’s Just an Hour of Love is a little too playful for your preference. Maybe you want something a little more edgy yet still not all out serenading romantic! If that is so, Fats Waller’s Rhythm and Romance should be a great pick.
While still keeping his tone and tune playful, Fats says some pretty heavy stuff, blatantly expressing his fondness for the person he is singing to. This one’s a pick for the ages!
Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong
If you want to bring out the big guns and express yourself through something that is romantic no matter which way you look at it, lyrically, tonally and harmoniously, who better that Armstrong! Though this was a tough choice, we’ve singled our pick down to the hit Kiss to Build a Dream On.
This song is musical seduction if that is a thing. It starts with low key suave notes along with soothing vocals, rolls into a crescendo of trumpet playing and back to the mellow slow step pace. If you want to make your feelings clear as day, this song’s the one you want to dedicate!
These are just three phenomenal original jazz love ballads however there are numerous others. If you’re planning an event and need some live music of the kind mentioned in this blog, give us a shout! We’d love to come by and make that romantic evening even more passionate!