We like arranging and playing background music, and very often the clients ask for jazz.

Currently we list 297 jazz artistes (see below), of all shapes and sizes.

Because jazz aficionados  can spend many happy hours categorising and disagreeing  (Wikipedia lists 48 jazz genres.  Really? )  for convenience we tend to suggest a choice of  5 styles:


Ragtime/Dixeland/New Orleans/Chicago

British trad

Big Band & Swing Music.




Of course, the British Trad bands  (Chris Barber, Bob Wallis, Ken Colyer – remember?)  were modifying the American styles for a modern audience, and much of their music upset the purists (and still does)  but it’s ideal for parties.


Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and The Temperance Seven were particularly criticised for merging trad jazz with pop, but it was fun – and some of their tracks still prompt happy memories.


Many enthusiasts think that  Boogie is a separate genre, but we think it spans all the years and all the genres from Ragtime through to Metal,  so it has its own section in our database.


Often the time of day will dictate the choice.  How about –


Afternoon garden parties – Dixieland and Trad.

Pre-dinner drinks – modern jazz

During dinner – big band/swing


As always, the real skill lies in deciding which tracks to leave out, and not assuming that everybody will share the DJ’s enthusiasm.  But given free rein today  we particularly like Kid Ory, Turk Murphy, Johan Blohm, the MJQ, Jacques Loussier, Eva Cassidy, and Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band.


Are any of these your favourites?


Track Artist
Acker Bilk Artie Shaw
Albert Ammons Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Alec Templeton (Piano) B.B. King
Andre Previn ‘Banjo’ Ikey Robinson & His Band
Andre Previn & David Rose Barney Kessel
Andre Previn & Dinah Shore Beale Street Washboard Band
Andre Previn & Russ Freeman Bechet-Mezzrow Feetwarmers
Anita O’Day Ben Webster
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Ben Webster & MJQ
Art Farmer Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Art Hodes Benny Carter & His Orchestra
Art Pepper Benny Carter & His Swing Quintet
Art Tatum Benny Goodman
Art Tatum / Ben Webster Quartet Benny Goodman small group
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Benny Goodman Trio
Bessie Smith Diablo Swing Orchestra
Big Bill Broonzy Diana Krall
Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam Dinah Washington
Big Joe Turner Dizzy Gillespie
Big Joe Williams Django Reinhardt
Billie Holiday Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli
Billie Holiday Feat. Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Don Byas
Billie Holiday with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Billy Banks Dukes of Dixieland
Billy Eckstine Dutch Swing College & Acker Bilk
Billy Taylor Trio Dutch Swing College Band
Bing Crosby Paul Whiteman Dutch Swing College Band & Sidney Bechet
Bix Beiderbecke Earl “Fatha” Hines
Bix Beiderbecke & Crosby Earl Bostic
Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang Earl Hines & His Orchestra
Blind Willie McTell Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
Blues Brothers Eddie Condon
Bob Crosby Eddie Condon´s Hot Shots
Bob Crosby & His Orchestra Edmond Hall
Bob Crosby & The Bob Cats Edmond Hall Sextet
Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen Ella Fitzgerald
Bobby Hackett Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb
Brownie McGhee Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Bud Freeman Ella Fitzgerald With Bob Haggart And His Orchestra
Bud Freeman and his Chicagoans Erroll Garner
Bud Powell Erskine Hawkins
Bud Shank Eva Cassidy
Bunk Johnson & His New Orleans Band Eva Cassidy & Chuck Brown
Bunk Johnson & Sidney Bechet Orchestra Fats Navarro
Bunk Johnson&Yerba Buena Jazz Band Fats Waller
Bunny Berigan Firehouse Five Plus Two
Buster Bailey Fletcher Henderson
Carl Barriteau Frank Sinatra
Charles Mingus Frank Sinatra With Tony Mottola Trio
Charleston Chasers Frankie Trumbauer
Charlie Barnet Friars Society Orchestra
Charlie Christian Gene Ammons
Charlie Parker Gene Krupa
Charlie Parker Big Band George Lewis
Charlie Parker Quartet George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers
Charlie Parker Quintet George Shearing
Charlie Shavers George Wettling`s Rhythm Kings
Chet Baker Gerry Mulligan
Chicago Rhythm Kings Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Chick Webb Glenn Miller
Chris Barber Glenn Miller/Tommy Dorsey
Chris Barber & Ottilie Patterson Harry James
Chris Barber / Lonnie Donegan Harry James Trio
Clarence Williams Henry “Red” Allen
Clifford Brown Herbie Mann
Coleman Hawkins Herbie Mann & Sam Most Quintet
Count Basie Herbie Mann Quartet
Dave Brubeck Quartet Horace Silver
Delta Rhythm Kings Howlin’ Wolf
Dexter Gordon Humphrey Littleton
Illinois Jacquet Louisiana Rhythm Kings
Ivie Anderson Lu Watters Yerba Buena
J. C. Higginbotham Lucky Thompson
J.J. Johnson Luis Russell
Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces Ma Rainey
Jack Bland & His Rhythm Makers Max Kaminsky
Jack Teagarden McKenzie & Condon’s Chicagoans
Jack Venuti’s Blue Four McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Jackie McLean Meade “Lux” Lewis
Jaco Pastorius Mel Tormé
Jacques Loussier Memphis Slim
James Moody Mezz Mezzrow
Jelly Roll Morton Michel Petrucciani
Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers Miff Mole & His Little Molers
Jelly Roll Morton’s New Orleans Jazzmen Mildred Bailey
Jimmie Lunceford Miles Davis
Jimmie Noone Mississippi John Hurt
Jimmy McPartland And His Orchestra MJQ
Jimmy Witherspoon Mound City Blue Blowers
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Muddy Waters
John Coltrane Muggsy Spanier
John Lee Hooker Muggsy Spanier & His Ragtime Band
Johnny Bastable’s Chosen Seven Nat King Cole
Johnny Dodds Nelson Riddle
Johnny Dodds’ Black Bottom Stompers New Orleans Feetwarmers
Johnny Hodges New Orleans Rhythm Kings
Johnny Otis Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Johnny Parker Original Tuxedo Jazz band
Josh White Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz
Judy Carmichael Paul Quinichette
June Christy Pearl Bailey
Karrin Allyson Pee Wee Russell
Keith Nichols, Paul Whiteman Pee Wee Russell’s Rhythm Makers
Ken Colyer Peggy Lee
Kenny Ball Peggy Lee & The Benny Goodman Orchestra
Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band Pete Johnson
King Oliver Phil Woods
King Oliver & His Dixie Syncopaters Powder Blues Band
Kokomo Arnold Preservation Hall Band
Lead Belly Ray Brown
Lena Horne Ray Noble
Lennie Tristano Red Nichols
Lennie Tristano Trio Red Nichols & His Five Pennies
Lester Lanin Red Norvo Sextet
Lester Young Robert Johnson
Lightnin’ Hopkins Roosevelt Sykes
Lionel Hampton Roy Eldridge
Lionel Hampton & Ella Fitzgerald Sara Tidwell
Lou Donaldson Sarah Vaughan
Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven Savoy Havana Band
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven Savoy Orpheans
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Shelly Manne
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Shelly Manne
Louis Armstrong & Russ Garcia Orchestra Shorty Rogers
Louis Prima Shorty Rogers & His Giants
Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers
Sidney Bechet & His Orchestra
Slam Stewart
Sleepy John Estes
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Terry
Stan Getz
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
Sweet Sisters
Tal Farlow
Tampa Red
T-Bone Walker
Teddy Wilson
Temperance Seven
Terry Lightfoot
The Andrews Sisters
The Benny Goodman Quartet
The Boswell Sisters
The George Lewis Ragtime Jazz of New Orleans
The Mills Brothers
The Rhythmakers
The Six Hottentots (Red Nichols)
Thelonious Monk
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Ladnier And His Orchestra
Tony Bennet & Count Basie
Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band
Wagner, Douglas E.
Wardell Gray
Washboard Rhythm Kings
Wilbur De Paris
Wild Bill Davison
Wild Bill Davison And His Commodores
Will Bradley Orchestra
Woody Herman
Zoot Sims

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