Jazz music has a long history in the United States and it’s not hard to realize why. Listening to a few hours of jazz can not only be enjoyable but also soothing for the soul. Perhaps no type of music was such a perfect cure for the stressed out modern lives so many of us are leading.
That’s why so many jazz fans have decided to share their musical passion as a theme for their celebrations, including their weddings and birthday parties. Looking at a bit of history is the first good way to decide whether jazz music is a great choice for your theme.
The Beginnings of Jazz
Jazz music has its roots in the slave trade. Many of the people who were brought over as part of the slave trade brought along the music from their native lands and kept onto those rhythms long after they were set free by the Emancipation Proclamation. Those sounds were eventually combined with other types of playing, as well as scat singing, to form the type of music known as jazz around the turn of the 20th century.
Jazz music is particularly associated with the roaring twenties, a period of American history marked by a great economy. People wanted to have a good time and they had the disposal income necessary to enjoy clubs and facilities where jazz musicians were performing.
Today’s jazz music is a little bit different but it shares the same roots. While most early jazz performers were African Americans, today’s jazz musicians come from a wide variety of races and nationalities because the music has become so popular and has been so influential on other branches of music, including rock and roll.
Incorporating a Jazz Theme
Obviously, the easiest way to blend jazz music into the rest of your party planning is with the music. You can either hire a disc jockey or a band specializing in jazz music. Make sure you listen to the band or check the musical library of the DJ – jazz can encompass a wide range of sounds and styles so you want to make sure all of you are on the same page about what you want.
You also need invitations that reflect the theme of your party. The Jazz party invitations would be appropriate. Make sure to include on the invitations if there are any other elements to your party guests need to keep in mind. For example, you might want to throw a party with everyone dressing up like flappers from the Roaring ‘20s.
Another way to add jazz elements is to do some research on the early jazz clubs. Then you can try to incorporate some of those same details into your decorations. That combined with an amazing menu of refreshments, including finger foods, mixed drinks, and an assortment of tasty desserts could guarantee a successful party for you and all of your guests.
The bottom line for any jazz-themed party is to create a celebration that your guests are going to love.