For jazz audiences, I prefer curating set lists with theme and direction. The sets can be as lofty as “West Coast Jazz” “Essential Blue Note Albums” “50’s female jazz vocalists” etc or more specific and detailed, i.e built around certain musicians, selected discographies or notable periods of artists’ careers. The possibilities are endless.
For events that may progress towards more conventional parties, I have an extensive collection of vintage exotica/lounge, movie soundtracks and very danceable soul, rhythm & blues, all on vinyl. In these situations the goal is to have a danceable, yet eclectic set list with timeless, elegant music.
Does your event need an atmosphere that feels just like a nightclub scene from 1950’s French film noir? I know what songs should be played and in what order. Want your event to have an imagined feeling of private pre-party before Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball? Or lazy Palm Springs Sunday cocktail gathering straight out of Norman Mailer’s 55′ novel “Deer Park”? I’ll provide the soundtrack.