The feeling of being in love is beyond anything one has ever felt. Here we have the list of most romantic jazz songs about dating and love to rejuvenate your soul.
Frank Cinatra – “The Girl from Ipanema”
It is worth mentioning one thing: Bossa nova began with this song. At least it’s worldwide popularity. It’s a long story, but, in general, the father of bossa nova, António Carlos Jobim, and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz sang so well together that the album The Girl from Ipanema became the Record of the Year in 1965.
Julie London – “Cry me a river”
This jazz-blues ballad was originally written specifically for Ella Fitzgerald for the 1955 film Pete Kelly’s Blues. However, for some reason, the ballad was not included in the film, and Ella published her version only in 1961. But by this time, “Cry Me A River” had already become a big hit.
Frank Sinatra – “I`ve Got You Under My Skin”
Not everyone heard this composition which was sung by many jazz vocalists. Authorship belongs to Cole Porter, and the song was written in 1936. However, many jazz fans believe that it is Frank Sinatra’s performance of this song that is the best one out there.
Doris Day – “Dream A Little Dream of Me”
“Dream a Little Dream of Me” was originally recorded by Ozzie Nelson back in 1931. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was performed by many popular artists, including Doris Day (she recorded the song’s version at a slow pace in 1957, as it was originally intended).
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Ella Fitzgerald – “Misty Blue”
During her life on the big stage, which lasted for more than five decades, she recorded 250 music albums and won 13 Grammy awards. Based on the origins of the African-American native art, Ella Fitzgerald had a uniquely original type of jazz singing when the singer is in no worse than the composer. In 1935, the singer recorded her first album which was called Love and Kisses and immediately entered all the jazz charts.
Jack Jones – “Angel Eyes”
Frank Sinatra called him “one of the main performers of our time.” Jack Jones is the winner of two Grammy awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal. He recorded over 50 albums, 17 of which hit the Billboard`s Top 20. On April 13, 1989, he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and this song about love is one of the main reasons for this success.
Carmen McRae – “The Man I Love”
Along with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Carmen was one of the leading representatives of vocal jazz. She was heavily influenced by B. Holliday, and her influence is quite noticeable in many ways. She was unique in everything that she’s done in her life. Her phrasing and ironic interpretation of the lyrics made her as memorable as she is, and it is this song that embodies everything we came to love about Carmen in her music.
Annie Ross – “It Don’t Mean a Thing”
She is a British jazz singer and actress, best known for participating in the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross trio. She recorded her first album Singin’ and Swingin’ in 1952, with the participation of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross recorded 7 albums in 1957-1962. In 1962, she left the group and, in 1964, opened her own club in London.
Chet Baker – “My Funny Valentine”
He was an American jazz musician (trumpet, piano, vocals). He was the first white cool-style trumpeter in the field of combo jazz. In the vocals, Baker was distinguished by a soft lyrical manner of performance, had an unusually high, almost youthful voice. In the early 1950s, the great saxophonist Charlie Parker warned the great trumpeter Miles Davis: “On the West Coast, there is one little white cat who will eat you alive…” He was talking about Chet Baker. And in the early 1960s, the famous jazz radio host for Voice of America, Willis Conover, called Baker a “trumpet poet.”
Billie Holiday – “Blue Moon”
Holiday’s singing was notable for her unforgettable voice, ability to adapt, and all the nuances that there were in her singing. She embodied the swing era. Combining the instrumental style of swing with the tradition of playing the Negro blues, she laid the foundation for jazz vocal art. In the extensive repertoire of Holiday, along with lyrical songs and works, there were elements of protest against racial and social injustice that prevailed in those times in the United States. This woman is not only a jazz star and an idol of the public – she embodied great hope and was a symbol for the black population of America.