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Hot Jazz, Cool Cocktails

If you're a jazz enthusiast — or just a music lover — this party theme will be as much fun for you to play with as it will be for your guests to enjoy.

Jazz always goes well with cocktails, and it's one kind of music that you don't have to turn the volume up to enjoy (a fact your neighbors will appreciate in the wee hours of a Sunday morning). Let's take it from the top…

Home sweet jazz club
With a few decorative touches, you can give your home the vibe of a small jazz club and put your guests in the mood for music from the moment they arrive.

Place framed black-and-white photos of jazz greats around the room. Simple (and inexpensive) black frames are perfect. You'll find plenty of images on the Internet to create your club décor.

Remember that old trumpet you've had in the attic since grade school? Bring it down, polish it up and use it to accessorize your party scene. You can often pick up musical instruments for a song at second-hand stores. Their weathered cases will lend even more authenticity to your décor.

Light your party room using small table lamps with paper shades. Low, indirect lighting makes any space feel more intimate and is easy on the eyes.

Hot & cool cocktails
Sweet and spicy, like your favorite jazz record, the Chandon Riche on Fire is the perfect cocktail for a jazz-themed party. This exclusive Club Chandon recipe is a unique combination of Chandon Riche Extra-Dry and peach purée, with spectacular notes of lime juice and hot chili sauce. It's a sure bet your guests have never tasted anything like it.

A medley of finger foods
Improvisation is key to jazz music — and the keynote for your jazz party menu. Focus on finger foods that you can set out and replenish with a minimum of fuss so you can enjoy spending time with your guests. The choice is up to you, but here are a few suggestions for your party shopping list:

• Fresh cut raw vegetables with small ramekins of dipping sauces
• Gourmet Italian bread sticks wrapped in a thin layer of prosciutto
• A tray of mild cheeses like cheddar, Manchego and Gouda, cut into cubes

Hot Jazz, Cool Cocktails music mix
This playlist is a great introduction to jazz from the prebop, bebop and hardbop eras. Whatever style you call them, these classic performances will set just the right tempo for your cocktail party. You can download these songs as a Club Chandon iMix at the Apple iTunes Store.

Now's the Time
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Ad Lib Blues
Swing 48
Theme from "Mr. Broadway"
The St. Vitus Dance
Along Came Betty

Charlie Parker
Billie Holiday
Wes Montgomery
Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio
Django Reinhardt
Dave Brubeck
Clifford Brown and the Max Roach Quintet
Horace Silver
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Charlie
Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach
Charlie Mingus
John Coltrane