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Question #45232 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

HELP! I'm getting married (as I stated in my previous question) and I'm in charge of finding music for our reception which is also going to be a dance. We want to go for the vocal jazz scene for the dance/reception. We've got some music, but a lot of it is really slow, and we don't want it all to be at that tempo. What songs would you pick, slow or not, that would fit in with our dance/reception?

- New To This

A: Dear New to This,

Ok so these are artists and not specific songs, but I think this may be more helpful. Each artist's name is a link to a sample song.

Jamie Cullum
has a fascinating voice and most of his stuff is pretty upbeat. He doesn't stick to straight jazz, but he does some really great jazz-ier versions of semi-popular songs you may be familiar with. His album 'Twenty Something' probably has the most jazz.

Of course we can't forget Michael Buble. His music is more traditional jazz and his voice is unmistakable. He's covered nearly ALL of the jazz greats and you just can't go wrong with his energy. Any of his albums would be useful.

I'm also a big fan of the classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Two of the greatest jazz musicians of all time...together. Louis was practically the one that invented vocal jazz and Ella was perhaps one of the greatest ever. They're a little more laid back, but with energy.

Diane Schuur is also very cool. She's blind and puts her entire soul into her music. I think you'd find a lot of great stuff from her. She does a lot of jazz re-workings of popular stuff, which is really fun.

Wikipedia's page on Vocal Jazz has some other artists that I'm not too familiar with, but are probably fantastic too.

I hope that heads you in the right direction!