The songs on this cocktail hour playlist are very smooth and sexy just like silk, and include quite a bit of sax. :) Thank you finding my website and blog. If you are into something different like a smooth jazz cocktail hour, be sure to let your Charleston wedding DJ know.
1. "Lily Was Here" | Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer | 1990
From her album "Saxuality" in 1990, this song garnered quite a bit of mainstream air play on adult contemporary stations in 1991, and was in heavy rotation on smooth jazz radio stations when that format got more popular in the mid 90s. It's definitely a smooth and sexy add to your cocktail hour.
2. "Black Velvet" | Alannah Myles | 1990
You know I actually wasn't going to add this song into the playlist, but it came up in rotation on You Tube after Lily Was Here. It's not actually in the "jazz" category, but I've always thought of it as "smooth and sexy". This ode to Elvis Presley that was a one hit wonder for the lovely Alannah Myles is a perfect addition.
3. "Catching The Sun" | Spyro Gyra | 1980
After it's 1980 release, "Catching The Sun" went all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. The perfect song as you catch a little sun during your cocktail hour at your Charleston wedding over at Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island or the Island House on Johns Island.
4. "Let's Fall In Love" | Diana Krall | 1999
Originally written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler back in the early 1930s, Ella Fitzgerald did it in 1959, and the great Frank Sinatra did it in 1961.
5. "Make Me Smile" | Dave Koz | 1993
Another great jazz song from the early 90s that had some pretty heavy airplay along with Lily Was Here. If you are interested, this song appeared on Dave's album "Lucky Man". It's a great song for any cocktail hour in Charleston, but especially at your wedding.
6. "Giving You The Best That I Got" | Anita Baker | 1988
Anita Baker was a crossover artist back in the 80s that had a lot of airplay on R&B, as well as adult contemporary stations. This song was the title track to her 1988 album that went all the way to Number 1 on the pop charts.
7. "Songbird" | Kenny G | 1986
1986 was sort of a break out year for Kenny G. This song went all the way to Number 3 on the adult contmeporary charts, and even cracked the Top 30 on the R&B charts.
8. "We're In This Love Together" | Al Jarreau | 1981
Al Jarreau sadly passed away back in 2017, but adds a little more "soul" into this smooth and sexy jazz cocktail hour.
9. "Feels So Good" | Chuck Mangione | 1977
The title track from his very popular '77 album was shortened from about 9 minutes all the way down to a more "radio-friendly" 3 minutes and 28 seconds. As a result, it went all the way to Number 4 on the Hot 100 charts in the summer of 1978.
10. "Breakout" | Swing Out Sister | 1987
The song was released in Britain in the fall of 1986 and went all the way to Number 4, while it hit Number 1 on the United States adult contemporary charts by the spring and summer of 1987.
11. "No Stress At All" | Paul Hardcastle | 2013
One of the more modern jazz tracks that I added into this smooth jazz playlist. When you take a listen to it, you'll also hear some samplings of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". Another smooth and "saxy" track.
12. "Sweetest Taboo" | Sade | 1984
She just had a birthday back on January 16 and I did a blog post about her, but we need at least one Sade song into this very smooth and sexy playlist for your cocktail hour.
13. "The Way You Move" | Earth Wind & Fire Featuring Kenny G | 2005
You'll want to pick up Earth, Wind & Fire's album "Illumination" that came out in 2005. Kenny G's sax and EWF covering Outkast is a great addition to this smooth and sexy cocktail hour playlist.
14. "Tequila Moon" | Jessy J | 2008
This track was the title track from her first album released in 2008. T "J" in Jessy J stands for "jazz", and when you hear her, you'll see why this song is another "smooth and sexy like silk" addition into this cocktail hour.
15. "Faces Of The Heart" | Dave Koz | 1993
Our final song here on this cocktail hour playlist is pretty saxy and the second song from the great Dave Koz. It's actually on the same album as "Make Me Smile" from 1993 (see above). If you are a huge fan of the soap opera, General Hospital, this song began to be used as the theme song after it's release.
How did you like this "smooth and sexy like silk" cocktail hour playlist? It's very sexy, just like silk, satin, and lace. Since I am so excited about seeing Diana Krall next Saturday at the Gaillard Center, I might just have to do another sexy jazzy blog post and dedicate it to her for next Saturday night's show. Hope you enjoyed this cocktail hour playlist idea for your Charleston wedding and if smooth jazz isn't for you, my blog is absolutely overflowing with other playlist ideas for your cocktail hour, dancing, and lots of other DJ tips when selecting the wedidng DJ for your 2018 or 2019 wedding here in lovely Charleston. Are you ready to sit down with one of the top wedding DJs in Charleston? Click HERE to tell me a little about the big day. I love to talk to brides and grooms about music and would love to DJ your Charleston wedding.