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.

House Party Ideas For Discerning Adults

Who doesn’t love a house party?!

I don’t mean the kind of frat party that you see in those American teenager coming of age films; red cups and beer kegs and music that you can’t talk over. I’m talking about you and your friends celebrating in style in the comfort of your own living room. Because if you’re struggling to find a venue where you can eat the food you like, listen to the music you love and not have to queue for the loo, there really is no place like home (slippers, ruby or otherwise, optional).

When it comes to house party ideas, the sky really is the limit. But whether you decide to opt for fancy dress, hire waiters to serve you and your guests Champagne or go for a sit down banquet cooked by top chefs, you’re going to want to make sure you have the perfect atmosphere that sets this celebration apart from your average dinner party.

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Not a red cup in sight…

First things first. Volume.

The last thing you want while celebrating is a knock from the neighbours asking you to keep it down… Your music, whatever you decide to go for, should be at a reasonable volume to enhance the atmosphere and allow you and your nearest and dearest to chat! No one wants to be shouting into their mate’s ear, especially if they’re juggling several mini Beef Wellingtons (from Waitrose darling) and a glass of fizz. The Decatur Street Trio has PA sizes for all audiences (from 10 to 300!) so the only thing that will blow you away is the talent, not the volume.

The vibe.

If you’re choosing a house party instead of a jumping, thumping outing to a pub, club or restaurant, we’re guessing you’re looking for a more relaxed, classy kind of vibe. You could even set a ‘strictly informal’ dress code or go the other way and insist everyone wears their finest. Whatever you go for, we all know that if the vibe is relaxed, everyone will have much more fun. Have a look at our ‘Songs We Play’ page to get a feel for the vibe we’d create for you.

 

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Banquet or buffet?

The Food.

In-your-house catering is awesome. You pick what you’d like to eat, somebody else cooks it for you (bliss!) and some companies will even wash up afterwards… What’s not to like?! If you’re more into canapés than coq au vin, most catering companies will provide waiting staff who will make sure your guests are looked after so you can enjoy the party too. All the perks of hosting, with none of the pressure. Did I mention there’s no washing up?

The Music

When it comes to house party music, The Decatur Street Trio can provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening. We’ll play chilled out easy listening jazz to accompany your conversation, and mix it up with up tempo swing numbers if you fancy dancing. This London jazz band will give your party that certain something different that will make it a celebration you (and your guests) remember for years. Yes we’re biased and think you should choose us. But that’s because although we can rock a formal corporate do, we not-so-secretly love playing music in our socks to people in their living rooms. Can you blame us?

Found out more about our party music performance options on our ‘Party Music’ page.

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What’s different about us? We listen.

We like to get to know our clients a little better before we play for them. Get in touch to book a consultation with Rosie and discuss your house party ideas!

Why booking live music (like a professional jazz band!) trumps hiring a DJ every single time!

Because you know as well as we do, there ain’t nothin’ like the real thing…

Everyone knows music can either make or break an event – and if you don’t? You haven’t been to the number of parties we have.

Be it a sophisticated 30th birthday, banging Bar Mitzvah, or an intimate relaxed wedding in London, you’ll want to make sure are grooving from the get-go. Although DJs will play crowd pleasers and popular chart-toppers to kick things off, there’s nothing quite like the sound of a live band, and when faced with a room filled with people you love, hoping to have a good time, you’ll no doubt want to deliver.

Here’s why you should choose live music (be it a professional jazz band or acoustic solo artist) over a DJ every single time.

Unbeatable sound

Why subject your loved ones to the same synthetic tracklist they can tune into on their way to work? Almost anyone can play song after song and get away with it, but a live band with real musical talent will bring that little something extra to the evening, so opt to fill your guests’ ears with something more authentic, soulful and memorable instead.

That personal touch

Good performers will guarantee a packed dancefloor from arrival – and not just because of their singing voice or stellar song choices. Live bands with bags of experience will know there are plenty of ways to utilise those vocal chords during a set – with talking being one of them. Chatting with guests can change the course of a party and make the most intimate of affairs even more personal, so hire a professional jazz band who oozes as much personality as they do talent to nail your booking.

Quality reigns supreme

Yes, live bands tend to be more expensive to book than your average DJ, but they are absolutely worth the cost. You’ll be paying for talented musicians to deliver a unique sound and we can assure you, nothing compares to that.

Personalise your night

If you’re best known for your penchant for swing, reggae or jazz, then why not personalise your night and give your best ones a lesson in the music you love at the same time? Add that unexpected wow factor to the evening and invite guests into your world for one night only- you never know, they might fall in love with it, too.

Bring a little life and soul to the party

DJs tend to keep their heads down, arriving and departing without uttering so much as an, ‘I haven’t got that one’ the entire evening. Live performers are far more receptive to crowds and can win over even the most reluctant of guests hiding in the corner of the room, just by being a little more human…

Good customer service

Performers are all about pleasing people, so if you book an experienced band for an event, you’ll enjoy excellent customer service to boot. With Decatur Street Trio, you’ll enjoy a thorough consultation to make sure we’re the perfect fit for your event, followed by constant communication in the lead-up and excellent entertainment on the night.

There’ll be no surprises

Unlike DJs who can adapt their playlists to suit any occasion, good bands will have an unshakeable sound they can’t (and shouldn’t) change, so when you listen to their audio, you know what you’re in for before you book. Enjoy peace of mind and avoid disappointment by choosing a band over a DJ the next time you’re entertaining.  

If you’ve been to enough parties or intimate affairs, you’ll know there’s nothing better than kicking back with a good cocktail and a little live music, accompanied by your best ones. It’s unique, special and makes for unbeatable memories. Much better than an out of touch DJ with the same songs you’d find on your average Spotify playlist.

If you’re looking for a live band, one who might be able to transport you to an intimate Harlem jazz club of days gone by, 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.