Wedding Jazz Music At Reception






     Weddings are one of those most memorable days in your life so it's important to get the details just right. Of course, to balance that you should set those details, appoint someone to follow thru on your request for that day and then be able to focus on the fun with family and friends. So after the ring, the dresses, the shoes, the limos, ceremony, cake and many other items, it's the music that will make your guest feel like dancing. Nothing beats a live band with a fabulous singer playing your favorite songs.

It's the swing and sophistication of current popular jazz that has such a strong appeal now-a-days. So with that in mind, take a look at these ideas:

Music Playing As Your Guests Arrive - The Style of music will absolutely set the tone for the evening's parties. Jazz from the 1920s and 40s are often cross-generational, popular hits. Music made famous by great musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, or Louis Armstrong and re-made popular today by Michael Buble, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr. can make your party popular for the kids and grandma, and everyone in between. This genre, known as the "Great American Song Book," will set the mood as your reception begins.

Plan for the Flow of the Party, plan (or How To Avoid The Low Points) - The best advice for avoiding low points is to plan ahead. Events such as toasts, bouquet and garter toss and of course the cake cutting should be listed on the timeline and the musicians' breaks can be scheduled to coincide with all of this. Of course it's should be a given that the band will be able to play background music during their intermission.

Don't hire the band for too long (or short) of time - most weddings average between 3 and 4 hours. The fact is most musicians are hired for 4 hours or think of it as a "half-day" rate. So whether it's a trio or an ten pice band with horns, it's basically a labor cost on a per musician basis. Most bands are five to eight musicians and that's can depend on the number of guests, the size of the venue and how much dancing you anticipate for the evening.

Choose your Songs in Advance - Seasoned professional musicians can play hundreds of song from memory but in a four hour event you can expect to hear around 50 songs. It's a good idea to get the band a list of songs you'd like to hear (about 25 or so) and a list of songs you DON'T want played. Also be sure they have that about 4 to 6 weeks in advance encase they need to work up a special arrangement of a tune. While on this subject, think about your first dance, and any other special dances in the evening.

Encourage Dancing - It usually only takes one or two couples (don't count on children) to get others to the dance floor. You may want to suggest to close family or friends to consider helping out here by getting on the floor first. You know better than anyone which of those people are not shy and even a little bold to show off their moves on the dace floor. Another way to encourage dancing is to consider the placement of the band in the room. It's a good idea that food, beverage and the music is in the same room. (You'd be amazed how many times people think about putting the music in "the other room" for dancing. That almost never works!)

Finish Big - For your last dance of the evening you may prefer a slow song such as "What A Wonderful World" or perhaps a salsa swing version of "Save The Last Dance For Me". Of course, in the south, second line parades and hiring a separate brass band to lead everyone out the doors has become very popular in the past few years.






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Jimmy Maxwell is a New Orleans native and the founder of the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band . A piano player and long-time theorist of what makes great New Orleans jazz , Jimmy's bands are available for private events and public showings across the country!


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