Top 20 Party Songs: Jazz
If feel-good music sounds good for your next gathering, we have your playlist.
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When entertaining, don't discount the power of music to help your guests unwind and feel comfortable. Just carefully consider your audience and what type of party you're hosting.
A great go-to music for most any occasion is jazz. It's the most versatile with varying styles, genres and sounds, and you don't have to worry about lyrics offending your guests or inhibiting conversation. Check out this 20-song playlist which lasts about an hour and a half. It offers a wide variety of musical pleasure and laid-back party vibes sure to keep the party going.
1. "Look at That Old Grizzly Bear" - Mark Mothersbaugh
Favorite movie soundtracks are a great source for instrumentals. This whimsical tune is the first song on The Royal Tenenbaums Original Soundtrack.
2. "The Whiffenpoof Song" - Cal Tjader
This Latin jazz artist creates a light lounge feel with vibraphones and groovy percussion.
3. "Take Five" - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Brubeck is considered one of the most innovative jazz musicians for his unusual time signatures. This classic is in 5/4 time, from the platinum album Time Out.
4. "Prophet Jennings" - Freddie Hubbard
This track features Hubbard's genius as trumpet player and composer of a quintet which features the flute alongside the trumpet, with Herbie Hancock on piano.
5. "Sportin' Life" - James Brown
Enjoy a laid-back, funky cut from the soundtrack to the movie Black Caesar.
6. "Groove Holmes" - Beastie Boys
Jazz can come from hip-hop, as this New York trio has shown repeatedly. The Beastie Boys named this song after the legendary Hammond B-3 organist.
7. "Ease Back" - Grant Green
This guitarist plays a variety of styles and has covered several songs from popular artists like James Brown and the Beatles. This one is from New Orleans funk band The Meters.
8. "Hand Clapping Song" - The Meters
These jam artists from the bayou are right on point with this feel-good song, which is the only one on the playlist with vocals.
9. "Hot Pants Road" - The J.B.'s
James Brown's band gets down with funky beats from the organ and guitar.
10. "Love Is the Message" - MFSB
The Philly-based disco-soul group who wrote the theme song for Soul Train keeps the party on the tracks with plenty of disco groove.