Top Songs for a First Dance

Songs for a First Dance“A kiss for luck and we’re on our way.” The music you choose for first dances at your wedding is nearly as important as the wedding itself.  Each and every one of these songs should reflect and convey the feelings felt by those performing those dances. The first time the newly married couple steps out onto the floor to dance has the power to bring even the most unaffected guest to complete emotional turnaround, and it depends largely on the song that’s chosen. The father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance, any and all of these first dances can be the quintessential emotional backdrop for your wedding … if you’ve chosen the songs carefully. But how do you choose? With the literally billions of songs that have been written and performed over the years, which do you choose for you, your betrothed, Mom, Dad, guests that will properly, accurately, and above all, beautifully reflect the many deep and sincere feelings that are going on in this one day? Top wedding performers in New Jersey can help.
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Tips for Planning a Wedding

Tips for Planning a Wedding“Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.” Funny—this very wise statement wasn’t made concerning planning a wedding, but seriously, can you think of better advice for it, or a better subject this person could have been talking about? Planning a wedding, well, it’s not for the faint of heart. Though it may seem like a perfectly lovely way to spend your time, the truth is it can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. You should be enjoying the planning stage of your wedding, but it may not be going so smoothly. From working out the budget to locating a venue to finding a top wedding performer, here are some valuable tips on planning a wedding that will help you get back to the important part of yours … the love you feel for your betrothed and your future together.
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How to Choose a Wedding Band

Choose a Wedding BandGuest list—check. Venue—check. Bridal gown—check. Food—check. In planning your wedding, you’ve been marking next to each item on your checklist, slowly, surely—and in some cases, painstakingly—nailing down each and every choice. And now? You’re finally down to the fun part—choosing the wedding band! Okay, choosing a band—or anything else—for your wedding isn’t easy. But your journey to the right band for your wedding most assuredly is one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your wedding. After all, you get to listen to a lot of great music performed by wedding performers in New Jersey! Bet you can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon, particularly when you’re endeavoring to create the most important day of your life. But now that it’s time to choose a wedding band, how do you go about doing it? Here are some tips from the best wedding bands in New Jersey and throughout the country on how to choose a wedding band.
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Best Music for a Summer Wedding

Music for a Summer WeddingSummer breeze makes you feel fine … and so does a summer wedding. No other season of the year lends itself more pleasantly or appropriately to stepping up and taking those all-important vows than summer. The beautiful sunny horizons, the brilliant and billowy flowers, the sparkling teal grass, and the crisp, warm air—it all culminates into the ultimate backdrop for your ultimate day. And choosing the music for your summer wedding is one of the funnest aspects of planning your nuptials. Though never an easy task, determining the musical atmosphere of your wedding is an important decision the two of you must make together. But it doesn’t have to cause friction between you and your betrothed. Top wedding performers in New Jersey and throughout the country offer the following helpful tips on the best music for your summer wedding.
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Types of Wedding Music

Types of Wedding Music“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” American jurist and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes was the one who said it. Of course, with your nuptials just around the corner, it’s a sentiment you’ve discovered as well, isn’t it? You’ve found the key, and the gates have been flung wide open, and now that you’re facing the crossroads of the rest of your life with the one you love, it’s time to get down to business and plan the wedding. Your checklist includes all the important things—venue, bridal gown, groomsmen’s tuxedos, floral arrangements, and of course, wedding music. The truth about choosing wedding music is that more couples find this to be the most difficult aspect of planning a wedding than any other. After all, when it comes to music, you surely can’t please everyone. You may even find it hard to come to a mutual agreement about your wedding music between the two of you. Thankfully, there is information you can learn about the different types of wedding music that can assist in nailing down your choices. Here are some tips from top wedding performers in New Jersey that can help.
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Wedding Music Trends for 2017

The music you choose for your wedding is one of the most important aspects of the entire event. For, without music, your wedding is like a romantic movie that has no scenery. The backdrop for that film is nearly as important as the actors, the words they speak, the passion they convey. And so it is for the music you choose for your ceremony as well as your reception. Music will be the atmosphere, the essence that communicates the love you feel for each other. The problem many couples find, however, is that choosing the right music often becomes a dilemma of, shall we say, too many choices? There’s so much wonderful, passionate, and romantic music in the world, how do you determine which is the right style for your nuptials? Perhaps looking to the latest trends will help. Top wedding performers in New Jersey have compiled the following information about wedding music trends for 2017 in order to assist you and your intended in choosing the ideal musical scenery for your wedding.
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Doing It Old School: Sinatra’s Enduring Impact On American Music

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Born and bred in Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra would sing his way to the shores on the other side of the Hudson River to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Bing Crosby. His style, artistry and appeal became timeless as he became a true American icon. His take on the American songbook (solidified in a prolific 95 albums) would remain a standard for generations.

More than a century after his birth, Old Blue Eye’s indelible mark on modern American music is still fresh in the minds of musicians young and old.

Contemporaneous stars of music as Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr. have heaped praises on the late crooner’s singing style. Director and critically acclaimed big band vocalist Seth MacFarlane even went on not only to cover some of Sinatra’s underappreciated songs but to do so using a microphone preferred by the man himself, loaned from the Smithsonian, for his debut album.

Even today, many performers are measured by their resemblance to the man, with few modern musicians ever receiving the honor of a direct comparison. After all, beyond being a legend, he was also the first teen idol, codifying the appearance of a handsome musician wooing throngs of young women as a staple in modern music.

Sinatra combined the best of both standard pop and jazz, having been responsible for mainstreaming the concept of singing colloquially. He treated lyrics as personal statements and handled every melody with the ease and skill of extemporaneous improv, which in turn would pave the way for the idiosyncrasies of rock, a genre that he ironically didn’t warm up to for some time.

And though he had initially denounced pop’s direction toward rock and roll in the mid-1950s, he eventually would perform songs composed by the likes of Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Jimmy Webb, and Billy Joel.

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Sinatra lived such a magical life that we can only dream about. He performed all over the world with the best musicians, was a celebrated movie star, and defined the songbook in America. His membership in the Rat Pack was legendary as their antics were adored by millions. He was known to enjoy a good Jack Daniels Whiskey and became a renowned party host. One thing not very public was Frank’s generosity. Frank was a very cheerful giver. He would donate to many children’s charities, help many in need and sponsor needed items for many groups. But, he never wanted it to be public. He chose to anonymously do this to not focus the light on him. Truly a remarkable trait to have.

A swing jazz musician and head of a swing orchestra, Vince Pettinelli holds Frank Sinatra among his favorite musicians. Visit this blog for more updates on vocal jazz and swing.

Wayne Bergeron and His Journey into the Jazz Music Scene

Wayne Bergeron is undoubtedly one of the best trumpeters of this era. A mainstay in L.A. studios, he is known for his incredible lead playing and tremendous accuracy in pressure situations. He has any film credits, studio sessions, international tours, guest appearances, jazz concerts, and even music clinics.

Bergeron is a native Californian. He had been a great fan of music as a child, but he had his big debut as the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in the late ‘80s. His trumpet styles can be well-heard on recordings of Maynard’s hit singles “Big Bop Nouveau,” “The One and Only Maynard Ferguson,” and “Brass Attitude.”

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Although Bergeron has made a big name for himself in the music scene, he still works in the background. He can work for different genres and artists, ranging from Green Day to Beyoncé. He has also worked in over 300 original movie soundtracks; some are featuring his
solos.

After years in the industry, he released his first solo record, “You Call This a Living?” which earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. His second record, “Plays Well With Others,” was released in 2007. “Full Circle,” his third studio album, was released in January of this year.

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Bergeron is a co-designer for some pricey trumpets and is also a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America. He also designed trumpet mouthpieces with Gary Radke, which can be purchased on Bergeron’s official website.

This musical genius never fails to give back. He currently works as a faculty at California State University Northridge where he inspires younger musicians to pursue their craft.

Vince Pettinelli is a veteran public school music educator and professional musician. Know more about jazz when you subscribe to this blog.