The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour

August 24, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

smooth_jazz_imageIn our previous installment of this blog series, we selected songs from the “Giants of Jazz” – legends like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans. In this 42nd episode, we focus on the more contemporary “smooth jazz.” Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion and is influenced by jazz, R&B, funk and other musical styles. Smooth, atmospheric and often romantic, smooth jazz is a perfect choice for a wedding cocktail hour.

Our selected smooth jazz favorites are skewed towards instrumentals, but include a smattering of vocal versions. Popular artists from the smooth jazz category include Norman Brown, Grover Washington Jr., Ronny Jordan, Kenny G, Paul Hardcastle and Richard Eliot. We’ve also includes a song by Sweetback, better known as Sade’s band.

For our signature cocktail to accompany the smooth jazz, DJ Gregg Ambient has selected the sweet and smooth Kahlua and Cream. Kahlua is a coffee-based liqueur produced in Mexico.

The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour

“Chord” – Sweetback (Sade’s band)
“Songbird” – Kenny G.
“Europa” – Gato Barbieri
“Miami Overnight” – Chris Botti
“It’s All Good” – Boney James
“Q.T.” – Richard Eliot
“Tequila Moon” – Jessy J.
“Smooth Sensation” – Ken Navarro
“Let’s Get it Started” – Brian Culbertson
“Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)” – Grover Washington, Jr.
“Stairway to Heaven” – Stanley Jordan
“Breezin'” – George Benson
“For the Love of You” – Norma Brown
“Riders on the Storm” – Tribaljazz
“Tutu” – Miles Davis
“We’re in this Love Together” – Al Jarreau
“Since I Fell For You” – Bob James and David Sanborn w/ Al Jarreau
“Mornin'” – George Benson and Al Jarreau
“Break for the Border” – Acoustic Alchemy
“Trippin Rhythm” – Paul Hardcastle
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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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