This playlist is focusing on dinner parties and evenings of sophistication.
At such events, the music can help to create the atmosphere and set the tone for the evenings entertainment.
For this purpose the music is focused on jazz, which as everyone knows provides a smooth background to champagne, conversation and canapés.
So lets get into it and these ten pieces of jazz music are sure to kick-start a dinner party:
1) But Not for Me-Chet Baker
An upbeat classic from the soft voice of Baker.
2) So What-Miles Davis
Coming from the brilliant Kind of Blue album, this slow melodic jazz masterpiece that has to be included for a dinner party.
3) Dream a Little Dream of Me-Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
The vocals from Armstrong and Fitzgerald already are a winning combination but coupled with the slow swing demonstrates serious sophistication.
4) Don’t get around much anymore-Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington does not need much introduction but even so this piece is sure to set the scene for a dinner party with his soft touch but the backing of the big band give this piece a party feel.
5) Misty-Ella Fitzgerald
This is a perfect number for post dinner, when conversation mellows out, as Ella Fitzgerald’s vocals help to relax everyone.
6) Sympathique-Pink Martini
Whilst Pink Martini may not be as recognisable as the greats of Davis, Baker and Ellington, this French jazz band provide a different type of music with an upbeat Latin melody, perfect for summer time parties.
7) C’est Si Bon-Eartha Kitt
Following with the French theme, this classic is a must for a jazz playlist, with the French lyrics from Eartha Kitt providing a song that ensures the Parisian sophistication of a dinner party.
8) Georgia on my mind-Ray Charles
An complete classic, that has romantic hints throughout that is accompanied by the brilliance of Ray Charles on the piano.
9) Blue Train-John Coltrane
A high tempo classic from the master saxophonist, this is a perfect song to start to start the night with.
10) April in Paris-Charlie Parker
A slow tempo swing masterpiece with the backing of strings help Parker to have a piece of music that is mature and sophisticated and is a must to accompany the canapés and Bollinger.