JAZZ joints you play out?

Mr. CasualMr. Casual 953 Posts
edited March 2009 in Strut Central
I am DJing a party for a guy who is somewhat of a jazz enthusiast. He plays piano and writes some of his own pieces. I want to play some joints that he would appreciate, but also won't turn off the guest that might not give a damn about some raer jazz piano joints. PLAESE TO HELP!!!
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  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    dancing party or wine and candles soiree?

  • Lucious_FoxLucious_Fox 2,479 Posts
    dancing party or wine and candles soiree?

    exactly.

    Dance Jazz is another animal.

    Wine and Candles = Whatever.

  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    wine and candles =

  • dance / lounge

  • Lucious_FoxLucious_Fox 2,479 Posts
    what Jazz do u own?

  • Lucious_FoxLucious_Fox 2,479 Posts

  • DustedDonDustedDon 830 Posts
    mr magic

  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    if people are dancing you might want to speed it up a lil

  • The live version of this bumps more.

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    R Lewis Trio ??? Lonely Avenue
    Jimmy Smith ??? Prayer Meeting
    Earl Moseley ??? Fly in the Soup
    African Mailman, Gin House Blues, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Real Real, Buck ??? Nina Simone
    C Mingus ??? Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
    L Hampton - Happiness

  • dukeofdelridgedukeofdelridge urgent.monkey.mice 2,441 Posts
    can't really go wrong with any soul jazz type stuff that's been jacked for rap songs... if it's got a snare whaBAP and maybe a flute or piano loop everyone recognizes or whatever.

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    oh yes, M Alexander - Love and Happiness, Monticello

  • Danno3000Danno3000 2,846 Posts
    You need some classics from the jazz dance cannon!

    Willis Jakson - Nutherin Like Tutherin (or whatever it's called)

    Quartette Tres Bien - Boss tres Bien

    Jimmy Smith - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Maybe something a little raer like Frank Cunimondo "Feelin' Good"

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts
    I play...b,121b,121Ramsey Lewis - Uhurub,121Monty Alexander - Love and Happinessb,121Catalyst - The Demon Part 2b,121Jan Hammer - Don't You Knowb,121Bob James - Storm Kingb,121b,121All I can think of right now, but there are plenty more depending on the context of the party.

  • Birdman9Birdman9 5,417 Posts
    oh yes, M Alexander - Love and Happiness, Monticello

    This is the kind of stuff I play at my Friday night jazz spot, been at it for a year and always have people come up to the booth to ask 'Who is this?' when I drop ANY Monty Alexander from RASS (which I do play on the regular). Also, lots of folks love the vibe of Ramsey Lewis' 'Another Voyage', 'Sun Goddess' and 'Solar Wind', for mellow-but-funky jazz.

    I also almost always bring Cannonball Adderley's 'Phoenix' 2LP set, and Johnny Hammond's 'Gambler's Life' and/or 'Gears'. And cosign on the Donald Byrd and late Three Sounds.


  • ANY Monty Alexander from RASS (which I do play on the regular). Also, lots of folks love the vibe of Ramsey Lewis' 'Another Voyage', 'Sun Goddess' and 'Solar Wind', for mellow-but-funky jazz.

    I also almost always bring Cannonball Adderley's 'Phoenix' 2LP set, and Johnny Hammond's 'Gambler's Life' and/or 'Gears'. And cosign on the Donald Byrd and late Three Sounds.

    Sigh.


    I had a 2 yr long gig playing this exact kinda set around 98-00.
    Some of the most fun I've had playing records out.
    Just good vibing music, attracts a cool, open minded crowd.
    Lots of stuff to choose from, and the aforementioned
    boom-bap-isms allow for 4-8 bar mixing.

    Totally miss those days, and I'm sure impossible to do
    sucessfuly anymore (London?), so enjoy the party!

  • the_dLthe_dL 1,531 Posts
    jimmy smith mojo working
    Buddy rich the beat goes on
    Lee morgan the sidewinder
    Donald byrd black byrd, places and spaces, street lady (nearly any mizell production from before 1978)
    Horace silver psychedelic sally
    Roy ayers especialy music of many colours
    Jimmy smith root down
    Charles kernard afrodizzyact (thanks skipdrinkwater for that one)
    Ahmad jamal the world is a ghetto, along the nile and any thing off jamal plays jamal
    Are all tracks i have played to dance floors and have worked

  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    thers a lot of hard ass dizzy gillespie to play....

    ditto ramsey...uhuru and black and bold. mother nature son, too "cry baby cry"and "sexy sadie"

    agree with dL, but mizell bros almost doesnt qualify as the jazz youre boy is into. fusion is such a wonderful hybrid...but, well you know
    same vein for that jan hammer that harvey mentioned...that shit is butter, but not really jazz jazz


    overtone berry superstar is about the illest upbeat shit
    some cadet dorothy ashby should work
    jimmymcgriff- the bird
    teruo nakamura-the cat
    george freeman-the bump

    im partial to hiphop sounding stuff,but thats basically the stuff with a beat to it

  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    billy mitchell-good humor man

  • holmesholmes 3,532 Posts
    people were digging all those mod/jazz style Ramsey Lewis & Kai Winding 45s on the weekend, might be a bit too mainstream/R&B influenced though?

  • Birdman9Birdman9 5,417 Posts
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    b, 21thers a lot of hard ass dizzy gillespie to play....
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    font class="post"1b, 21b, 21I love a lot of his Pablo era stuff for the soul/jazz/mellow funk vibe, but you have to be very careful to control the volume and the treble when he comes in with those high hard notes. If you are entertaining the lounge crowd, this can literally scare them and hurt some ears.

  • tripledoubletripledouble 7,636 Posts
    lolb, 21i was thinking manteca

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,921 Posts
    On the Dizzy tip, I find Matrix usually goes down well.

    Eddie Harris: Compared To What (or even the Roberta version, if you need something mellower)

    Some Cal Tjader, maybe? Or, on a tougher Latin tip, Pucho's Got Myself A Good Man. I played that at a wedding once, and got a few old folks shaking their tuchus.

    Ramsey: Jade East/Wade In The Water/Maiden Voyage

    Cannon: Walk Tall

    Weather Report: Birdland (everyone knows this)

  • minimini 857 Posts
    Maxine Weldon: Chilly wind
    Bobbye Hall: Copula
    Gene Harris: Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong
    Count Basie & his orchestra: Afrique
    Chico Hamilton: Abdullah and Abraham
    Clarence Wheeler and the enforcers: Broasted or fried
    Michael Longo: Like thief in the night
    Blue Michell: Message
    Funk INC: I`ll be around
    Jimmy Smith: Stay loose

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    "Right On" -- Boogaloo Joe Jones off Right On
    "Uhuru Sasa" -- Gary Bartz off Harlem Bush Music
    "Rita" -- Freddy Robinson off Black Fox

    Also a Cal Tjader, Grant Green, Monk Higgins, to name a few...

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    Gerald Wilson - California Soul (slowed down to 4 or so)

  • retroretro 33 Posts

  • m_dejeanm_dejean Quadratisch. Praktisch. Gut. 2,946 Posts
    jimmy smith mojo working

    Plus Jimmy's vocals on that one work really well. You definitely want to get some upbeat vocal jazz tracks to add some variety to all the horn/piano/organ solofests.
    George Benson's '65 version of "Summertime" is great.
    Mel Torm?? "I'm Coming Home"
    Della Reese "I've Got The Blues" and "It Was A Very Good Year"

    Perhaps some newer stuff like Soil & Pimp Session and the likes would be worth investigating too?

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant

  • upskibooupskiboo 2,396 Posts
    troublemaker

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