The Sax Man’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 1)

The 98th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series has been compiled by musician and sax man Joseph Grillo.  Joe is a lifelong professional musician with a long and impressive resume.

This set is inspired by Joe’s recent selections playing during wedding cocktail hours with Ambient DJs.  Joe typically plays his tenor sax over instrumental backing tracks (many custom arranged).   These performances hit the right chords with listeners, as it is not uncommon for wedding guests to applaud or even tip him!

Joe’s track selections cross multiple genres.  What the songs have in common is BEAUTIFUL MELODIES.  Representative artists include Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Grover Washington Jr. and Gato Barbieri.


Sax Man Joseph Grillo

For a signature drink, we’ve selected the “Sentimental Melody” – an upscale daiquiri containing grapefruit, pomegranate and St. Germain Elderflower liqueur.  To learn how to mix one, see Difford’s recipe by clicking here.

Enjoy Joe’s set list on the Spotify playlist below, and be on the look out for Volume 2 – coming soon!

The Sax Man’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by Joseph Grillo

  1. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  2. Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder
  3. Sara Smile – Hall & Oates
  4. Georgy Porgy – Toto
  5. Josie – Steely Dan
  6. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
  7. Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
  8. I’m in the Mood for Love – Stefano Bollani Trio (jazz standard)
  9. Autumn Leaves – Paul Desmond (jazz standard)
  10. Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles
  11. Harlem Nocturne – Quincy Jones
  12. Pick up the Pieces – Average White Band
  13. Just the Two of Us – Grover Washington, Jr.
  14. Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile) – Gato Barbieri
  15. Careless Whisper – George Michael

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)


About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings and servicing New Jersey, New York City and eastern Pennsylvania.  To book Joseph Grillo or Ambient DJs’ “Musician Fusion Package” for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2018 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 97 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here



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