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.

4 Types of Hilarious Human You’ll Find at Every Office Christmas Party

And, hey, we’re not judging – it wouldn’t be the same without them…

A staple in every company calendar – wedged firmly between the first mulled wine hangover of the season and the last working day of the year – the annual work Christmas party is what can only be described as unique.

A culmination of yet another 365 days worth of employment and a chance for your boss to thank you for the past twelve months that have seemingly, once again, ‘flown by in a flash’, it’s finally time to don that tinsel and enjoy another round of Mariah Carey (unless you’ve hired some more upmarket work Christmas party entertainment this year) and all the vino.

With the party season almost upon us, we’ve brought you the 4 types of human you can expect to run into at this year’s festivities. 

The Guzzler

You know the score. An open bar and they’re like a moth to a flame. Usually pretty stealthy with their beverage orders and stocking up on table wine early doors, you probably won’t notice their excessive intake until you catch a glimpse of them sitting with your boss, gesticulating wildly, seemingly in conversation, as they stare back… dumbfounded. Will they still have a job tomorrow? Who knows. And right now? Who cares.

The Groover

Ah, our favourite sort of yuletide clanger. First to hit the floor, seamlessly reciting lyrics to every Christmas song ever made and beckoning to all and sundry to join them in a dance. A few glasses in and they think they’re the Patrick Swayze of Milton Keynes, sweating profusely in their festive jumper and bouncing along to Wham!’s, Last Christmas. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like an overzealous party goer and we wholeheartedly salute your efforts, Dancefloor Dave!

The Confessor

Yep, you know the ones. They’ve spent months on end suppressing their feelings for the love of their life sitting in accounts, dodging them in the kitchen and going on endless Tinder dates to distract themselves from their office crush. And now here it is. The one night of the year they think it’s a good idea to let them (and usually everyone else in the room) know how they really feel. Wildly hilarious for your Christmas party entertainers who are watching on, not so funny for that poor soul when they wake up with a pounding headache and a vague recollection of a conversation they wish they’d never had… Asprin, anyone? 

The Mr or Mrs Clause

There’s always someone who lives for the office Christmas party, isn’t there? Waiting all year for their chance to shine in front of their team as the festive fanatic they truly are. Decked in a completely unironic Christmas jumper knitted for them by their great-aunt Julie and sporting a garish piece of headwear eagerly sourced from Poundland back in August, they’ll be at the epicentre of every single celebration to be had. Carol singing? You’ll find them on the pianist’s knee. Secret Santa gift giving? They’re the ones calling the names. Turkey feast? Yep, you guessed it. They’ll be carving that roast beast.

Truth is, dreading it or not, your seasonal work do is just around the corner, and if you’ve been left to source a venue and book the office Christmas party entertainment? Why not make sure you and yours have a stellar time this year by booking the finest live jazz band in Essex and London instead?

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

5 Christmas Party Themes to Help Jazz Up This Year’s Festivities

For those times when a tribute act and tired turkey dinner just won’t cut it…

You can’t deny the hype.

Although there are rarely ever actual chestnuts roasting on an actual open fire, and you’ll be hard pushed to see a white and snowy 25th December this side of the Atlantic any time soon, with its abundance of jingling bells and festive foodie favourites, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year.

From outlandish jumpers and reindeer ears aplenty to that relative who always seems to get just a tad too tipsy, Christmas parties are our favourite (if you nail the theme and get the music right, that is).

Having provided Christmas party entertainment for a fair few years now, we’ve seen our fair share of festive gatherings, picking up plenty of dos and don’ts along the way, so if you’re looking for ways to add a little more magic and sparkle than usual to your Christmas party this year, we’ve put together 5 themes that are certain to impress those guests… 

The Roaring 20s

There’s nothing quite so decadent as adorning yourself in sequins and feathers and reclining on a chaise longue with a gin cocktail in hand – even if you’re only nestled in the back room of a public house in Hackney as opposed to a Manhattan speakeasy.

The perfect way to spruce up an intimate festive gathering without the tacky novelty factor is to achieve a 1920s Christmas look complete with crushed velvets, plush sofas and dark wood furniture to decorate; cocktails in teacups and an authentic jazz band playing Christmas classics from the likes of Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong to help get guests into the swing of things. A party fit for Gatsby himself, we’re sure you’ll agree. 

Christmas Party Entertainment | Authentic Jazz Band | Louis Armstrong

Winter Wonderland

Think lavish ice sculptures, faux fur draped over sofas and chandeliers galore for a more decadent festive fancy. Serve up ice cold drinks in heavy, detailed glassware, adorn the place in fairy lights and hire some jazzy Christmas party entertainment to play your favourite jingles well into the evening. Narnia ain’t got nothin’ on you.

Christmas Party Entertainment | Authentic Jazz Band | Winter Wonderland

A Cosy Cabin

If you’re hosting a much more intimate affair made up of your closest friends and family, then something a little cosier might just do the trick – but that isn’t to say you need to cut back on the decoration, though. Transform your small space into a cabin fit for apres ski, complete with carols around the piano (or alongside a live jazz trio!), pine trees indoors, open fires, and of course, outlandish Christmas jumpers aplenty. A nostalgic crimbo fit for the slopes – don’t forget to provide the faux snow!

Christmas Party Entertainment | Authentic Jazz Band | Open Fire

Yuletide Ball

Playing host to a guest list longer than your arm? Then go hard or go home this Christmas and opt for a panto-inspired yuletide ball that is certain to impress. Think less novelty factor and more elaborate west end stage set complete with chandeliers, festive hits played by your Christmas party entertainment and a dancefloor fit for a king. Request that guests dress up as their favourite panto character, or get them to don elusive eyewear for a more sophisticated masquerade affair.

Christmas Party Entertainment | Authentic Jazz Band | Chandelier

Christmas in Hollywood

Who doesn’t love a yuletide movie classic? Bring your guests’ favourite Christmas films to life with a Hollywood themed festive shindig. Play silent films on a projector screen, deck the halls with movie posters and provide popcorn canapes and old school cocktails, while guests enjoy renditions of their favourite Christmas tracks from the movies performed by a live jazz band. From Bing Crosby’s, White Christmas to Judy Garland’s, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, this cinema-inspired theme is certain to get toes a-tappin’!

Christmas Party Entertainment | Authentic Jazz Band | Its a Wonderful Life film still

If you’re looking for a Christmas party entertainment to play at your event, or an act to complete your nostalgic Christmas party theme, then the Decatur Street Trio might be the perfect professional jazz band for your event.

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