15 songs for Jazzin’ The Blues – because Jazz isn’t just a genre, it’s a way of life!

Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year?

Well sod that.

We’ve put together our favourite feel good tunes and happy songs for your listening pleasure. They’re not particularly Jazzy, but for us, Jazz isn’t just a genre, it’s a way of life.

Find out why we love them below!

1. Pantala Naga Pampa – Dave Matthews Band

James – “This is an anthem of my childhood! 40 seconds of pure joy, the opener to my favourite album, with amazingly reassuring lyrics.”

2. Love Shack – The B52s

Rosie – “It is impossible to be sad when listening to this song! It’s also impossible not to sing along…”

3. 59th Street Bridge Song – Simon and Garfunkel

James – “I first heard this when I was small through my sister, and we used to listen to it and laugh at the silly lyrics. Then more recently my mum and I listened to it lots on a skiing holiday, and both really appreciated the carefree sentiment. It helped lift us up during a fairly difficult time (her divorce)! We both still associate that song with that holiday and how it helped a bit.”

4. The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin

Rosie – “My favourite Zeppelin song. I listen to this and I’m back in my first car, driving with the windows down and the stereo up up up.”

5. Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.47: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.47: II. Scherzo. Molto vivace – Robert Schumann, Alexander Melnikov, Jerusalem Quartet

James – “A beauty!”

6. Killing – The Apples

Rosie – “This is a funk cover of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name Of and it is just so good. I’ve seen the apples live a couple of times and they are such an amazing band with such energy and talent! It makes you want to become a better musician!”

7. More Than Alright – Mishka Adams (This one isn’t on Spotify, so here’s the youtube link…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOyhagkEF2s)

James – “Me and my girlfriend got into the Mishka Adams song together, both with fairly disparate music tastes, and both really enjoyed the happy ideas and sounds of the song.”

8. Get Your Freak On – Missy Elliot

Rosie – “This song helped me get my groove back after a bit of a battle with mental health. It just made me want to embrace myself. I also put it on when I don’t want to go for a run…”

9. Shata – Dhafer Youssef

10. Hold On – Wilson Philips

Rosie – “My Mum used to play this at top volume whilst we danced around the living room when I was a little kid. I knew all the words but didn’t really get it; I just loved the way the music made me feel. I listen to it now as an adult and love it just as much!”

Ben – “Nothing personal, these are just all bangers!”

11. Happy – Brick

12. Thought It Was You – Herbie Hancock

13. Enjoy Yourself – The Jacksons

14. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – Ella and Louis

15. Conscious Club – Vulfpeck

Happy listening!

Listen to our sound or get in touch with me, Rosie, at info@decaturstreettrio.co.uk to find out more and book.

Want to Transform Your Love Life in 2018?

How listening to a little more bebop and boogie will help bag you a date by Valentine’s Day

Jazz music.

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?

The Decatur Street Trio is a jazz band for hire in London who are perfect for more intimate affairs. Get in touch today.

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.

Listen to our sound or get in touch with me, Rosie, at info@decaturstreettrio.co.uk to find out more and book.