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Advice on playlist for sister’s wedding! 30s, 40s, 50s Jazz


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Joined 2011-08-18


I have a sister who’s getting married in Oct, and has put me in charge of making her playlist for the wedding. I think of myself as having pretty eclectic tastes, but in this case, i am pretty oblivious to all the different jazz that’s out there. She’s looking to get popular jazz from the 30s, 40s and 50s. I already compiled a list of artists off of Pandora, amazon, and other sites but would love to get some feedback on which songs from these artists are absolutely the best, or most appropriate for weddings. It seems kind of ridiculous that i would just go thru every song of every artist to figure this out…and listening to previews off of amazon saves time, but never gives me an idea of what the entire song sounds like! But a previous listener, someone who knows the song well…well that’s why I’m here. Hopefully you guys can help me out.

Artists Include:


mary lou williams

bob wilber

lee konitz

stan kenton

ralph sutton

lennie tristano

stan getz

oscar peterson

shorty rogers

duke ellington

jay jay johnson

herbie nichols

ahmad jamal

errol garner

george shearing

horace silver

frank morgan

charles mingus pithecamthropus erectus

thelonius monk

sonny rollins

george russell

max roach

john lewis

phineas newborn

zoot sims

quincy jones

stan kenton

jimmy giuffre

tito puente

hank mobley

art taylor

milt jackson

john coltrane

sun ra

cannonball adderly

dave brubeck

ira sullivan

The Rat Pack

Peggy Lee

Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin

Ella Fitzgerald

Nat King Cole

Etta James

Rosemary Clooney

Harry Belafonte

Julie London

Doris Day

Louis Armstrong

Billie Holladay

Bobby Darin

Tony Bennett

Ray Charles

Otis Redding

Ben E. King

Bill Withers

Sam Cooke



Fred Astaire

Mel Torme

Dinah Washington

Sarah Vaughan

Chantal Chamberland

Johnny Mathis

Nancy Wilson

Carmen McRae

Shirley Horn

Nina Simone