Below are samples of each style of music we play. From Big Band Swing to Bachelor Pad, Vintage Riffs Entertainment plays the best music of the mid-20th century. Remember, each of these styles compliment each other, and may be combined to create a certain “mood” for your upscale event.
Bachelor Pad Music Sampler
What is Bachelor Pad Music?
Bachelor Pad, aka Space Age Pop, was a predominantly instrumental style that combined jazz, orchestral, big band, island/Polynesian sounds and Latin rhythms into a style all its own. It often incorporated electronic sounds, Hammond organ, Theremin, and multiple percussion instruments with standard musical instruments. The result was a modern, lilting style that appealed to the younger, hipper crowd who were too old for Rock n Roll, and too young for Perry Como. Bachelor Pad Music spanned from approximately 1950 to the mid 1960s, and is most identified with the late 50s-early 60s.
The terms “Bachelor Pad Music” and “Space Age Pop” were actually coined much later, around the 1980s-90s to encompass what was several styles of music when recorded – described then as anything from off-beat jazz to Exotica (Polynesian sounds) to easy listening (eek!). The jazzy, laid-back style lent itself perfectly to the Playboy-inspired “bachelor life” or “life of leisure” that was popular with swinging bachelors of the era, hence the name.
Today Bachelor Pad Music is regarded as a higher standard of sophistication, an “out there” kind of cool that’s not found in today’s music. Many of the most popular songs of the era have been revived in movies and on TV shows such as Mad Men, Sex in the City, Pan Am, Warehouse 13 and more.
It’s the right kind of music for an upscale cocktail party or other event where you want that extra “pop” to really impress your guests.
Jazz & Cocktails Music Sampler
What do we play for our Jazz & Cocktails Package?
Our most popular package, “Jazz & Cocktails” consists of the best, most recognized Modern/Progressive Jazz, Bop, West Coast Jazz, Latin Jazz (Bossa Nova), Orchestra Jazz (advanced big band sounds) and Jazz Vocalists from the late 1940s through the mid 1960s. This is considered the “golden era” of what is now known as Traditional Jazz.
Artists include Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Oscar Peterson and more.
Traditional Jazz is regarded as the absolute highest standard of upscale music, without going into the more formal area of classical music. This is the key music to play when you want the most upscale of upscale events. It is the right music for your black tie event, cocktail reception, dinner party or any affair where good taste and sophistication are required.
Sampler Video to come soon.
Big Band/Swing Party Music Sampler
What do we play for our Big Band/Swing Party Package?
From the late 1930s through the early 1960s, Big Band music was the predominant dance music for adults (with Rock n Roll being mainly for teens at the time). Today, Big Band and Retro Swing (aka “Jump Blues”) music is considered some of the most fun, energetic music to enliven any event.
We play the best, most popular and best quality recording from the Big Band Era along with the funnest swing tunes from the 90s through today. Original artists include Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Prima, Les Brown and more. Retro Swing bands include The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Royal Crown Review and more. This style also includes early recordings of vocalists like Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennet, Dorris Day, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.
DJ Riff is a true pro at blending the best music of the 30s, 40s & 50s with the exciting sounds of the Retro Swing bands of the 90s through today!
Sampler Video to come soon.