Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour

February 10, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

tanqueraywhitelady_cocktailEarlier this year we posted themed cocktail hour playlists. We’re catching our second wind and have new playlists to share! The following playlist is a “Chanteuse”-themed wedding cocktail hour playlist. Our prior playlist was entirely of male “crooners.” The list that follows shifts attention to the ladies. While “chanteuse” literally refers to a female singer of French songs, we’ve liberally broadened the term to include female jazz vocalists and sultry-voiced soul singers.

The following playlist contains a variety of classic and modern day chanteuses including Bille Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Diane Schuur, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Sade, Queen Latifah and Adele.

Gregg Hollmann, aka DJ Gregg Ambient – whose self-confessed favorite musical instrument is the female voice, compiled the following playlist of chanteuse favorites. For his signature cocktail, Gregg selected a drink born in the 1920s Jazz Age, the White Lady.

Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

You Go to My Head – Billie Holiday
A Fine Romance – Ella Fitzgerald
What a Difference a Day Made – Dinah Washington
Speak Low – Diane Schuur
‘Round Midnight – Betty Carter
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
Whatever Lola Wants – Sarah Vaughan
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Natalie Cole
Lover Come Back to Me – Cassandra Wilson
I Just Want to Make Love to You – Etta James
The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield
Besame Mucho – Diana Krall
Someone to Watch Over Me – Linda Ronstadt
Corcovado – Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz
The Boy from Ipanema – Peggy Lee
The Nearness of You – Norah Jones
Body & Soul – Amy Winehouse (w/ Tony Bennett)
Blue Moon – Cybill Shepherd
Fever – Peggy Lee
I Put a Spell on You – Queen Latifah
Is It a Crime? – Sade
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
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.
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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