The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour

May 25, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

the_bronx_cocktailNew York City, the “Big Apple” is a thriving financial and cultural center. Adjacent to our company’s home state of New Jersey, we’ve spent much time in New York City, both on business and pleasure. The following playlist compiled by our DJ Gregg Ambient includes New York-themed songs, selections from the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village, songs from the theater district (Broadway) and cuts by New York-based musicians like Alicia Keys.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Since we previously used The Manhattan for a playlist, we’ve opted to select a once hugely popular martini known as “The Bronx.” To the view the recipe for the Bronx and other New York-themed cocktails, click here.

The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
Autumn in New York – Chet Baker
Waltz for Debby – Bill Evans
Chitlins Con Carne – Kenny Burrell
Lullaby of Broadway – Tony Bennett
Take the A-Train – Duke Ellington
Harlem – Bill Withers
Native New Yorker – Oydssey
Englishman in New York – Sting
Another Rainy Day in New York City – Chicago
New York – U2
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon & Garfunkel
Harlem Shuffle – The Rolling Stones
If I Ain’t Go You – Alicia Keys
New York Minute – The Eagles
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) – Billy Joel
Sunday in New York – Bobby Darin
Mamma Mia (Mamma Mia Version) – Mamma Mia Cast
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
Empire State of Mind – Alicia Keys & Jay-Z

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.
The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). 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


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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

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