The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour

April 13, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

caipirinha_cocktailBrazil offers an incredible array of music perfect for a wedding cocktail hour or the dance party that follows. The music of Brazil encompasses various regional styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. The samba and bossa nova styles popularized in the 1950s and 1960s are relaxing musical forms that capture the natural beauty of Brazil, particularly its beaches. Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz and his bossa nova interpretations are pure magic. In more recent times, electronic dance music producers ranging from Thievery Corporation to Ian Pooley to Tom Middleton have remixed and re-imagined Brazilian classics in pleasing electronic wrappers.

The playlist starts with Brazilian classics in their original versions, with a heavy representation by Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. The second half of the playlist increases in tempo, featuring Brazilian Funk, electronic remixes, music played at Carnival and even Baile Funk – a style of music played in the slums using simple instruments.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature cocktail for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaca (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime. View the recipe for this signature drink by clicking here.

No passport is required for this musical journey to Brazil. Enjoy!

The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Exotica – Martin Denny
The Girl from Ipanema – Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz, feat. Astrud Gilberto
Wave – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) – Joao Gilberto
Aguas de Marco – Elis Regina & Tom Jobim
So Danco Sambo – Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz, feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba De Orly – Toquinho
Desafinado – George Michael and Astrud Gilberto
Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars) – Stan Getz
Canto de Ossanha – Baden Powell
Mas, Que Nada – Jorge Ben
Trem Da Central – Claudio Jorge
O Povo Canta O Telefone Tocou Novamente – Jorge Ben
Brasileirinho – Waldir Azevedo
Brahma vs. Antarctica – Bobby Brazil
Ceu Distante (DJ Spinna Remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Cada Beijo (Thievery Corporation Remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Aganju (Latin Project Remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Sentimento – Ian Pooley f/ Marcos Valle
Aquilas Coisas Todas – Luisita Quintero
Love Theme (from “Wild Orchid”) – Paradise
Depois Do Carnival (Spiritual South Remix) – Azymuth
Gool! (Pleasure Bar Remix) – Bobby Brazil
Guaguanco (Tom Middleton Deep Dub) – Mighty Dub Katz
Samo Iluzija – Ian Pooley
Lambada – Kaoma (“The Forbidden Dance”)
Incrivel Bateria – Mestre Marcal
Sambodromo – Bobby Brazil
Caipirinha (Original Mix) – Fran Guzman
Baile Funk Medley – Funk On Lata & Ivo Meirelles
Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com.

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Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on Amazon.com.


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