How listening to a little more bebop and boogie will help bag you a date by Valentine’s Day
A culmination of African beats and European harmonies. Sometimes dark and sultry, but oftentimes upbeat, improvised and energetic; it’s a genre somewhat reflective of our relationships, don’t you think?
Originating from the vibrant city of New Orleans in the early 20th century, and with a reputation for being the coolest sound around, it’s no wonder jazz music’s a game changer when it comes to the world of love and dating.
Now, although La La Land might’ve wrongly kidded us all into thinking we were as smooth as Ryan Gosling when foot tapping away to the likes of Herbie or Dizzy, there are some very real ways in which jazz can improve our loves lives.
We’ve put together a list of ways it can do just that.
Take date night to new heights
Although dinner followed by the latest blockbuster is always a solid choice (who doesn’t love a bit of pizza and popcorn action?), there’s nothing quite like curling up in the corner of a cosy jazz club with a bottle of claret and your perfect date. Inject some old school romance into your life this year and book a table back in time at one of the many authentic jazz clubs dotted about the capital for a night to remember.
Create the perfect setting
Although Fleet Foxes, Ben Howard and London Grammar are safe options for dinner party or date night playlists nowadays, there’s nothing quite like injecting some jazz music into the proceedings for a much smoother touch. Serve up some traditional New Orleans grub (think Gumbo or Jambalaya) to really nail that traditional jazz vibe, or for small gatherings, why not go the whole hog and hire a London jazz band to take care of the music for you?
Feed your focus and boost your energy
Believe it or not, there are real-life health benefits gained from listening to jazz, which is why we as a London jazz band are bouncing off the walls most of the time.
Yup, that’s right. Scientists have found that listening to upbeat riffs can increase your heart rate and, in turn, help you to focus. Stick those headphones in for an hour or two at work to make sure you leave the office on time to catch dinner with that special someone.
Say it with song
It’s no secret that jazz as a genre is home to some of the world’s greatest love songs, so if you can’t find the words to tell someone how you feel, send them a track instead. Slushy and romantic but oh so effective.
Head off to a different sort of festival
If the muddy fields and mainstream sounds of Bestival, Latitude or V have stopped floating your boat, why not surprise your other half with a ticket to enjoy some unbeatable sounds with a pint of cider this summer?
There are plenty of festivals popping up across the UK – from Dereham and Llandudno to the world-famous, Cheltenham Jazz Festival – providing the perfect unique getaway for the two of you.
Ease the pain
If you’re heading into 2018 with a broken heart, then firstly, sorry to hear that. But, secondly, jazz can help fix that, too. Music therapy is often used in hospitals to help manage pain – and it really works! – so the next time you feel down in the dumps after being… dumped, stick on a bit of jazz and you’re likely to feel at least a little better.
So there we have it. A few ways in which listening to a little more jazz will help transform your love life for good. We’d suggest listening to the likes of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane to get started. And who knows? You might fall in love with jazz so much you decide to throw your own jazz-themed party one day – and if you do, you know who to call.