Are you feeling downbeat? Have you hit a blue note? Would you like us to jazz up your day? Then jump in and get ready for a fusion of jazz and Bollywood. On International Jazz Day, we bring you some timeless songs from Bollywood, which you will definitely enjoy if you are a fan of jazz music. Did you know that jazz has been used by Indian composers since the time of Partition? The jazz influence back then created some of the most melodic and soulful music in Bollywood. So, pull out your saxophone, trumpet, piano, or clarinet, and dance the night away to these eternal tunes. No better way to make it a happy Jazz Day!
This slow and peppy song was in the movie Howrah Bridge. Asha Bhosle’s sensuous voice adds to the scintillating effect created by Madhubala in the film.
Babuji Dheere Chala
Geeta Dutt sang this number for the Guru Dutt thriller Aar-Paar. It is one of her most popular songs, where she brought out her sexy-sultry effect.
Dil Ko Hazar Baar
This dance number is seen in the infamous movie Murder, starring Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat. Sung by Alisha Chinoy, this sexy track will set your heart on fire.
Eena Meena Deeka
This peppy track was sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar in two different versions for the 1957 movie Aasha. This was one of the Indian cinema's first rock-and-roll songs.
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
Kishore Kumar sang this romantic song for the comedy film Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. The track is inspired by Tennessee Ernie Ford’s foot-tapping number Sixteen Tons.
Jaata Kahan Hai Deewane
Geeta Dutt sang this titillating number for Guru Dutt’s 1956 film C.I.D. The song caused a stir back in the days and had to be cut from the version shown in theatres.
Kaisi Paheli Zindagani
Rekha performed to this track in the 2005 film Parineeta. Its retro-jazz composition, along with Sunidhi Chauhan’s vocals enhance Rekha’s sensual effect in the song.
Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo
Another jazz number from Howrah Bridge, this track was sung by Geeta Dutt and featured the legendary Helen. The song was highly popular for a long time.
Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja
Helen proved herself to be India’s first diva in this cabaret item number from the 1971 movie Caravan. She made the Asha Bhosle and R. D. Burman song extra special in her own seductive way.
Roop Tera Mastana
This song was sung by Kishore Kumar for the movie Aradhana. The song went on to become quite famous and makes for a spectacular jazz number, with Kersi Lord on the accordion, Homi Mullan playing the drums and Manohari Singh on the saxophone.
Bonus: All songs of Bombay Velvet
The Anurag Kashyap film attempted to recreate the jazz era of India, with its dapper men and seductive women. A look at the songs from the movie will definitely be an hour well spent: