If you are planning a vintage wedding with a 1930’s, ‘40s or ‘50s theme, Swing Jazz is the only truly authentic option for musical entertainment.
Or, it’s just a fantastic music option to inject some old-school romance into your big day. Your guests are guaranteed to get up and dance along too!
A Little Thing or Two…
Here’s a little thing or two about Swing Jazz. The Swing era is identified from 1935 – 1946.
The term ‘swing’ refers to two things: a rhythmic feel that music creates, such as toe tapping, and more specifically, a musical technique most common in Jazz.
With its roots in the late 1920s, we can thank the developments of dance orchestra and jazz music for the growth of 1930s Swing style.
Swing Jazz is perfect wedding music because it can reach out to all generations. Your older guests will remember the songs from their youth while the younger members of the audience can connect with the more modern interpretations by Jamie Cullum and Robbie Williams.
Added to this, the upbeat and happy tempo combined with fun and quick witted lyrics gives the music a naturally celebratory feel.
It’s the perfect genre to get your wedding guests up and jiving on the dance floor – we promise!
To help you choose the right playlist for your big day, we’ve come up with a list of our Top 10 Swing Jazz Wedding Songs. Take a peek below…
It Had To Be You – Betty Sutton/Harry Connick Jr
The original version recorded by Betty Sutton in 1944 was brought back to life in the late ‘80s when a version by crooner Harry Connick Jr featured in the hit romcom “When Harry Met Sally”.
All Of Me – Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday
Written in 1931, “All of Me” went on to become one of the most recorded songs of its era with notable versions by Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.
Makin’ Whoopee – Ella Fitzgerald
The song initially describes the potential outcome of a wedding night. Although it goes on to warn of the potential subsequent pitfalls of marital and extra-marital intimacy, its ironic light-hearted setting makes it an all-time jazz favourite.
My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin/Fats Domino
An upbeat little ditty full of metaphors about the joys of love – perfect!
Dancing Cheek To Cheek – Fred Astaire/Frank Sinatra
A song that seems to have been written with the first dance in mind! Both the versions mentioned are a great way to get your evening party started and your guests in the mood for dancing.
Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
Every single one of your guests will know this classic, made famous when it was featured in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. We’re sure they’ll all be able to sing along too.
Summertime – Billie Holiday
When the pace needs to be slowed down a little, this is the perfect song for a slow dance. Watch as the couples join together.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
The lyrics are all about devotion – what could be more appropriate for your wedding day.
Night And Day – Ella Fitzgerald/Frank Sinatra
“It’s no matter, darling, where you are, I think of you Night and Day”. Sounds like the perfect soundtrack to mark the day you and your partner declare your love for one another.
Orange-Coloured Sky – Nat King Cole
Any song that contains the lyric “Flash, Bam, Alakazam” is a hit with us!
There are hundreds of other classic songs written, performed and recorded in the swing jazz era that would fit in perfectly at a wedding. We’d love to hear any suggestions you might have – leave a comment in the space below!