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Smooth jazz
Stylistic origins: 1960s/1970s in the United States
Cultural origins: Jazz R&B Funk Pop music Jazz fusion
Typical instruments: Guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, piano, trumpet, flute, drums, synthesizers.
Mainstream popularity: Medium, from 1970s to present - United States
Other topics
List of smooth jazz performers

Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop.[2] Since the late 1980s and into the 1990s, it has become successful as a radio format.[3] Despite its apparently large following,[citation needed] there has been something of a backlash against the genre, mostly from jazz purists who consider its recordings bland, overly commercial and not jazz.[2] Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The trumpet is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... â™  This article is about the family of musical instruments. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The following artists and bands have performed smooth jazz. ... Musical improvisation is the spontaneous creative process of making music while it is being performed. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ...

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Origins

Smooth Jazz can be traced to at least the late 1960s. Noted producer Creed Taylor worked with guitarist Wes Montgomery on three widely popular records (1967's A Day in the Life and Down Here on the Ground and 1968's Road Song) consisting of instrumental versions of familiar pop songs such as "Eleanor Rigby", "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Scarborough Fair". Creed Taylor (b. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Music sample Eleanor Rigby ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... A hit song by Dionne Warwick. ... A setting of the first verse of Scarborough Fair Annotation: The extract of the musical score represented herewith details a variation: the last note of the second measure may be rendered E not F. Scarborough Fair is a traditional English fair, as well as a traditional English ballad. ...


From this success, Taylor founded CTI Records. Many established jazz performers recorded for CTI (including Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, George Benson and Stanley Turrentine). The records recorded under Taylor's guidance were typically aimed as much at pop audiences as at jazz fans, with ornate string section arrangements, and a much stronger emphasis on melody than was typcal in jazz. Some critics and jazz fans expressed a distate for CTI releases, but the label's output is now generally well-regarded: critic Scott Yanow writes, "Taylor had great success in balancing the artistic with the commercial[4]." CTI Records (Creed Taylor International or Creed Taylor Incorporated) was a jazz record label fonded in 1967 by Creed Taylor. ... Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (born April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American jazz trumpeter. ... The Chet Baker Monument in Amsterdam Chesney Henry Chet Baker Jr. ... George Benson (b. ... Stanley William Turrentine (April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ...


In the mid- to late-1970s, Smooth Jazz became established as a commercially viable genre. It was pioneered by such artists as Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Grover Washington, Jr., Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Sérgio Mendes, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, Dave and Don Grusin, Bob James and Joe Sample. Lee Mack Captain Fingers Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is a prominent session musician, and recording artist. ... For the past three decades, Larry Carlton has been one of the nations most sought-after jazz guitarists, dividing his recording time between solo recordings and session appearances with more popular bands. ... Grover Washington, Jr. ... Spyro Gyra is an American jazz fusion band that was originally formed in the early 1970s. ... George Benson (b. ... Sérgio Santos Mendes, pron. ... For other persons named David Sanborn, see David Sanborn (disambiguation). ... The album The Very Best of Tom Scott was released in March 2006 by Verve records. ... David Grusin (born June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado) is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger whose works in films and TV have garnered him numerous awards. ... Don Grusin (born April 22, 1941 in Denver, Colorado), is an American songwriter, producer and keyboardist. ... Bob James (born December 25, 1939) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and producer. ... Joseph Leslie Joe Sample is an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. ...


Description

The average Smooth Jazz track is on the "downtempo" (most widely played tracks are in the 90–105 BPM range) side, layering a lead, melody-playing instrument (saxophones — especially soprano and tenor — are the most popular, with guitars a close second) over a backdrop that tends to consist of programmed rhythms and various pads and/or samples. Though much of what is played under the banner of the "smooth jazz" radio format contains vocals, this is not usually the case for music recorded with the intent of categorization as Smooth Jazz. Rather, the stations in question pull their vocal tracks from the work of artists like Simply Red or Luther Vandross, who are normally considered "soul" or "R&B". Beats per minute (bpm) is a unit typically used as either a measure of tempo in music, or a measure of ones heart rate. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... The soprano saxophone is a variety of the saxophone, a woodwind instrument. ... The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Pad or PAD can be either a word, an alias or a three letter acronym: Look up Pad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Simply Red are an English pop band. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ...


Although many people and record companies group smooth and contemporary jazz together, both genres are slightly different in the way they serve the listener. Smooth Jazz is more considered background music whereas contemporary jazz is appointment to listen music.[2]


Live Venues

Pizza on the Park in the Soho district of London, UK. Features acts from across the world.


The Basement in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The Gov in Adelaide, South Australia


Close Up 2 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Radio

Smooth Jazz as a radio format has its roots in the construction of what were once called "beautiful music" stations, which generally played fifteen-minute sets consisting of instrumentals bookending a vocal song or two. A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ...


The incubators of the format were specialty shows at night or on the weekends, in places such as Atlanta (WQXI-FM) and San Antonio (KTFM). The first jazz radio station to attempt to reach an audience beyond hardcore jazz fans full-time was New York's WRVR-FM, which was acquired by Sonderling Broadcasting in 1976. Under its new management, WRVR more than tripled its audience by emphasizing artists like George Benson and Pat Metheny that were crossing over to more popular formats. After WRVR was switched to country format WKHK in 1980 (it is now Adult Contemporary station WLTW) it was just a short time before WPIX-FM was switched to WQCD, under the auspices of consultant George Burns, to take over the "mass-appeal" jazz mantle. In Detroit, "traditional jazz" station WJZZ (now WDMK) went through a similar transition to a more mainstream sound in the late 1980s. Other early pioneers included Russ Davis in Atlanta and "Jazz Flavours" and Art Good at KIFM San Diego with "Lights Out San Diego". WLTW, known on-air as 106. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... WDMK is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting at 105. ...


After programmer Frank Cody gave birth to "The Wave" KTWV in Los Angeles and the simultaneous success of KIFM (San Diego) and the eclectic KKSF (San Francisco), another wave of "Smooth Jazz" stations banking on "The Wave's" softer sound grew quickly. Those included "Breezin' 100.7" in Milwaukee and KHIH in Denver programmed by consultant Gary Guthrie, WNUA (Chicago) consulted by Cody, WVAE in Detroit, and the re-launch of WQCD (CD101), New York. The format had been deemed 'New Age" originally and radio stations like WNUA Chicago and KNUA Seattle emulated the phrase in their call letters. In the late 80's, research firm Cody/Leach conducted a study for WNUA/Chicago; it was through the verbatim responses from listeners that the name "Smooth Jazz" was identified. WNUA then adopted the slogan "Smooth Rock, Smooth Jazz". Under the direction of General Manager John Gehron, "Smooth Rock" was dropped. It's Cody who made "Smooth Jazz" a household name, giving rise to its nationwide proliferation through the firm Broadcast Architecture, the widely syndicated “The Jazz Show with David Sanborn” and his association with saxophonist Dave Koz. Cody was also responsible for overseeing the launch of the now defunct Satellite Music Network's syndicated "Wave" format. KTWV is a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting to the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside-San Bernardino, California area on 94. ... KIFM (or Smooth Jazz 98. ... KKSF, known as KKSF 103. ... Mix 92. ...


"Smooth Jazz" has gone on to be recognized as a successful radio format, first emerging in name in the mid- to late-1980s (often, they would be transitioned from existing "new age" stations) and subsequently spreading into most radio markets within the United States and many without. Currently prominent Smooth Jazz stations include San Diego's KIFM, Miami's WLVE-FM, Seattle's KWJZ, Denver's KJCD, Los Angeles' KTWV, Chicago's WNUA, Detroit's WVMV (which routinely outperforms its mainstream Adult Contemporary competitors), and New York's WQCD (which experimented with a Chill Music-based format for a time but soon returned to its focus on Smooth Jazz). New Age music is a style of music originally associated with some New Age beliefs. ... KIFM (or Smooth Jazz 98. ... KWJZ (Smooth Jazz 98. ... KJCD(CD104. ... KTWV is a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting to the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside-San Bernardino, California area on 94. ... WNUA (95. ... WVMV, known on-air as Smooth Jazz V98. ... WQCD, known on-air as CD 101. ...


The majority of major-market smooth-jazz radio stations emphasize soft vocals, including jazz-tinged R&B performers like Luther Vandross, Anita Baker and Sade, neo-soul artists like India.Arie, Brian McKnight and Kem, adult contemporary staples such as Celine Dion, Norah Jones, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and Motown and classic soul performers such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. Some Smooth Jazz stations also play some pop standards by performers such as Ray Charles and Peggy Lee as well as new recordings of standards by the likes of Michael Buble, Diana Krall, and Renee Olstead; WOEZ-FM in Knoxville, TN, is one example of a Smooth Jazz/adult standards hybrid. For the most part, today's smooth-jazz stations give little airplay to the vocalists originally featured as part of the "new age" format, such as Enya and Basia, although there are exceptions, such as SmoothJazzWeb.com, XM Satellite Radio's smooth-jazz channel, called "Watercolors," WNJL.com Radio, and the smooth-jazz format delivered to radio stations via satellite by the Jones Radio Network. Among the stations carrying programming from the Jones Radio Network include WCIN-AM in Cincinnati; WKYL-FM in the Lexington, Kentucky market; WASJ-FM in Panama City Beach, Florida; KMGK-FM in Glenwood, Minnesota; and WJZL-FM in Lansing, Michigan. Jones has also begun to integrate Chill material into its music mix, although not nearly as heavily as New York's WQCD did during its short-lived experimentation with Chill. Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is a eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. ... Helen Folasade Adu (born 16 January 1959), MBE, known professionally as Sade (IPA pronunciation: ), is a Nigerian-born Grammy Award-winning English soul, jazz, R&B, and adult contemporary singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer, noted for her soulful, smoky contralto. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre of the late 1990s and early 2000s that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, classical music, jazz, and elements of alternative-hip hop. ... India Arie Simpson (born October 3, 1975), professionally known as India. ... Brian McKnight on the cover of his 2005 album Gemini Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York) is a Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and one of the prominent singers of his years, specializing in pop and R&B. He is a multi-instrumentalist and... View of Kem in 1911. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... The term pop standards refers to an American songwriting, arranging, and singing style that is widely considered as the high point of Western vocal popular music. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and traditional pop singer and songwriter and Oscar-nominated performer. ... Michael Bublé Michael Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian crooner jazz singer and actor. ... Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Grammy award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer. ... Rebecca Renee Olstead (born June 18, 1989) is an American actress and singer. ... Alternate uses: Knoxville (disambiguation) Knoxville is a city located in Knox County, Tennessee, United States. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... Enya, birth name Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin (IPA: ), sometimes presented in the media as Enya Brennan, was born on 17 May 1961, in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, and is a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, an Academy Award-nominated songwriter, and Irelands best-selling solo artist and... Basia (Barbara) Trzetrzelewska (pronounced: Basha Che-che-lev-ska), Polish singer, songwriter and producer, born September 30, 1954, in Jaworzno, made a successful world career recording characteristically Latin-flavored jazz-pop crossover during the late 1980s and early 90s. ...


Smooth Jazz became a haven for guitarist Chet Atkins in 1985, when - disheartened at country-music radio's refusal to play his work - Atkins jumped into the genre with "Stay Tuned," the first of a string of smooth-jazz albums Atkins recorded that featured collaborations with artists including George Benson and Earl Klugh. Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... George Benson (b. ... Earl Klugh (born September 16, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer. ...


The popularity of Smooth Jazz in major American radio markets has led to a proliferation of station-sponsored music festivals around the country where a number of the genre's performers play shows on the same stage throughout a day. They are usually held at high-profile locations such as resort hotels or wineries. A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. ... Wine Barrels A winery is a facility where fruit, usually grapes, is processed into wine. ...


Because of an aging demographic and a dearth of strong material (and some might say because of a lack of programming imagination) the format has been less commercially viable in the early 21st century than it was in the mid and late 1990s. A majority of former Smooth Jazz radio stations in the US have changed format in recent years, leaving just a few survivors.[citation needed] Unfortunately the demise of the US radio stations has arguably been accelerated by the programmers' to ignore material from outside the US. New and innovative material from the UK, Europe and Australia has largely failed to gain airplay in the US. Fortunately, deep-pocketed government-funded radio organisations in the UK, Europe and Australia, coupled with technical developments in the digital radio field, have led to the launch of a number of Smooth Jazz radio stations in these markets. The future of Smooth Jazz on radio outside the US in the early 21st century looks bright compared with the recent US experience.


Several Smooth Jazz artists, including Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Ramsey Lewis and Gerald Veasley, host nationally syndicated Smooth Jazz radio shows. More recently, comedienne Whoopi Goldberg launched a daily morning show, "Wake Up With Whoopi," on San Francisco's KKSF. KKSF, known as KKSF 103. ...


And at least one non-commercial FM station, the community-based WGDR in Plainfield, Vermont., broadcasts a weekly "Quiet Storm" program that's a mix of Smooth Jazz and soft R&B, presented in "Triple-A" (Album Adult Alternative) style, with a strong emphasis on "B" and "C" album tracks that most commercial Smooth Jazz stations often ignore. Hosted by Skeeter Sanders, "The Quiet Storm" is the only radio program of its kind in northern New England. Established in 1973, WGDR is a unique college-based community radio station serving the Central Vermont region -- including the state capital, Montpelier -- from the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. ...


Streaming on the Web

Smooth Jazz is gradually developing a worldwide audience, largely thanks to the growth of Internet streaming music channels. New York-based independent web broadcaster Sky.fm launched a Smooth Jazz Channel in mid 2004 and within a year it had grown to be one of the most popular Internet radio services of any genre, according to Shoutcast. The channel is programmed from London, UK by well known specialist DJ Mr Jimi King. Its playlist is worldwide in scope, featuring artists from Europe, the UK and Australia as well as the USA. Programming diversity differentiates this station from US free-to-air Smooth Jazz broadcasters and could be the reason for the increasing popularity of this channel compared with the declining popularity of the US FM stations. 96kbps streams are available free or, for a modest monthly fee, listeners can gain access to a high quality 196kbps stream that is advertising-free. The station now includes a 2 hour streamed live videocastevery Sunday (9am PST/Midday EST/5pm GMT/1:30am Monday, Sydney) which attracts global audience participation via an online forumand occasional chat via Skype. Discussion often includes lively debate addressing the question "what is Smooth Jazz?" It seems the definition is far from settled.


In July 2007 Sky.fm augmented its Smooth Jazz channel with an additional stream titled Uptempo Smooth Jazz,a sub-differentiation of the genre that targets a very specific listener demographic. It is programmed by Mr Jimi King.


Another web stream Smoothjazz.com also commands a sizable worldwide audience according to Shoutcast. However, this stream has a far less diverse playlist and is weighed down with intrusive self-promotional advertising.


The above web-based channels dominate the streaming of Smooth Jazz on the internet. There are others, however their audiences are tiny compared with the leaders.


Popular artists

The groups or recording artists that rise to the top of the Smooth Jazz charts tend to play their instruments in a distinctively melodic fashion such that they are recognizable within just a few measures; this category includes names like saxophonists David Sanborn, Warren Hill, guitarist George Benson, and pianists Joe Sample and Bradley Joseph. Some performers, such as Dave Koz, Bob James, and Nathan East attain fame via their numerous collaborations with many other of the genre's big names. Grammy Award-winning Fourplay is a Smooth Jazz recording group with sophisticated roots in jazz. Pieces of a Dream formed in 1976 and has enjoyed a renaissance in the new millenium, as have the The Rippingtons, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2006. For other persons named David Sanborn, see David Sanborn (disambiguation). ... George Benson (b. ... Joseph Leslie Joe Sample is an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. ... Bradley Joseph (born in 1965) is an American composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger, and recording artist, performing on the international stage for many years with artists such as Yanni and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton, as well as having vast experience with artists from RCA, Epic Records, Warner Bros. ... Dave Koz (March 27, 1963) is a homosexual American jazz saxophonist. ... Bob James can refer to: An actor Bob James A jazz musician Bob James An historian Bob James This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Nathan (Nate) East (born December 8, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a jazz bass player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Australian Electric String Quartet, see FourPlay Electric String Quartet. ...


While the world of Smooth Jazz has thus far been relatively male-dominated, the successful female performers — Keiko Matsui, Joyce Cooling, Mindi Abair, Candy Dulfer, Sade, Brenda Russell, Pamela Williams, Regina Belle, and Anita Baker participate also. Keiko Matsui (松居慶子), born in Tokyo as Keiko Doi on July 26, 1961, is a Japanese smooth jazz/new age pianist and composer whose career spans three decades, during which time she has released twenty CDs (in addition to various compilations) and has received international acclaim. ... Joyce Cooling is a San Francisco-area smooth jazz guitarist. ... Mindi Abair with her alto saxophone Mindi Abair (born May 31, 1969) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 pop music background. ... Candy Dulfer is a smooth jazz alto saxophone player who was born in the Netherlands. ... Sade can mean: Sade (movie) starring French actor Daniel Auteuil. ... Brenda Russell (born April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American singer-songwriter and keyboardist. ... Pamela Williams is a smooth jazz saxophonist with deep roots in R&B and soul music. ... Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is Grammy award winning singer who sings Adult Contemporary, Quiet Storm, Smooth Jazz, Urban contemporary, and Contemporary R&B songs. ... Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is a eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. ...


In Europe a major artist in the field is the European Jazz Trio, comprising pianist Marc van Roon, bassist Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Roy Dackus. The trio has recorded over fifteen Smooth Jazz albums in the last ten years. Emerging European artists include France's guitar sensation Marc Antoine, England's Peter White, who frequently appears in the US, England's Acoustic Alchemy, and Italy's Rocco Ventrella, a saxophonist who relies almost entirely on the internet for the promotion and distribution of his music. In Australia a Russian immigrant saxophonist, Igor, is making waves. Marc van Roon // [edit] Biography Jazz pianist Marc van Roon (born in The Hague, The Netherlands 2 November 1967) is an improvising musician who combines music performance with his work as a creative coach for groups in change and learning processes. ...


Development

A popular recent development is Urban Jazz, which incorporates aspects of hip-hop. This style is aimed at audiences who would normally listen to urban contemporary radio stations that play a mix of hip-hop and R&B. Among the musicians who frequently perform Urban Jazz are Dave Koz, Boney James, Paul Jackson Jr., Bobby Perry, Urban Jazz Coalition, Streetwize, Tha' Hot Club and former NBA player-turned-bassist Wayman Tisdale. Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ... Dave Koz (March 27, 1963) is a homosexual American jazz saxophonist. ... James Oppenheim, better known as Boney James, is a smooth jazz saxophonist who popularized urban jazz (an updated version of smooth jazz that contains elements of hip-hop). ... Paul Jackson, Jr. ... Bobby Perry is a forward currently playing basketball for the University of Kentucky. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (born June 9, 1964, in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and now a jazz bass guitarist and a member of the Oklahoma Tourism Board. ...


Urban Jazz includes artists such as Michael Lington, Brian Bromberg, David Lanz, Kim Waters, Daniele Caprelli, Ken Navarro, Walter Beasley, Fattburger, Peter White. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Peter White (born 1954) is a smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist. ...


Another nascent trend involves the fusion of Smooth Jazz and electronica, the results of which are similar to what has, among electronica enthusiasts, come to be called "chill." Radio stations such as New York's WQCD, SmoothJazzWeb.com Smooth Urban Jazz and DJs such as Rafe Gomez have pioneered the usage of playlists that blend tracks from both genres. Norman Brown is also popular. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Electronic music. ...


Criticism

The term "Smooth Jazz" seems to inspire controversy. "Traditional Jazz" purists contend that Smooth Jazz is, in actuality, not jazz of any kind, regarding it as a misleading marketing buzzword that represents an attempt to hijack the ostensible prestige of jazz in order to sell what is really a form of "elevator music". They consider the Smooth Jazz genre uninspired, lacking the depth of expression, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication, and complex improvisation that are hallmarks of traditional jazz; substituting, at times, trite and hackneyed musical phrasing. Recurring accusations charge Smooth Jazz with offering a watered-down sound whose aim is to appeal to a larger, mainstream, middle class white audience, though, notably, radio demographics have indicated that middle- and upper-middle class African Americans constitute what may be a significant percentage of Smooth Jazz listenership. Smooth Jazz is also becoming increasingly popular in eastern Asia, especially Japan. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Elevator music, also known as lift music (in the UK), piped music or muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships, airports, doctors and dentists offices, and... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Middle Class. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


Smooth Jazz is still played (though decreasingly) on Muzak-style background music systems as well as telephone music on hold services, which many artists try to distance themselves from as they are seen as degrading to music. Jazz fusion enthusiasts also point to Smooth Jazz as having confused many listeners as to the meaning of fusion music, with fusion enthusiasts being some of the most vocal in appreciating a high level of virtuosity, improvisation, extended track lengths and soloing, all of which are rarely present in Smooth Jazz. Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies. ... Elevator music, also known as piped music or Muzak, refers to the gentle, bland arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), and, of course, elevators. ... Music on hold (MOH) refers to the business practice of playing pre-recorded music to fill the silence that would be heard by telephone callers that have been placed on hold. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ...


In the United Kingdom, British jazz performer Digby Fairweather, before the launch of UK jazz station theJazz, denounced the change to a smooth jazz format on defunct radio station 102.2 Jazz FM, stating that the owners, GMG Radio were responsible for the "attempted rape and (fortunately abortive) re-definition of the music — is one that no true jazz lover within the boundaries of the M25 will ever find it possible to forget or forgive."[5] Digby Fairweather (b. ... theJazz will be a British commercial jazz radio station. ... The Jazz FM logo in use until 2002. ... GMG Radio is the radio division of the Guardian Media Group. ...


Others contend that Smooth Jazz is indeed a viable jazz subgenre, asserting that attempts to maintain jazz music as a kind of museum exhibit are narrow minded, presenting over a century's continued cross-pollination between jazz and R&B as evidence. Furthermore, they point out that the music of such widely respected musicians as Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Sting and others are often classified as Smooth Jazz, and that many of these artists are capable of performing well in multiple styles. The over-30 audience enjoys the melodic nature of the medium, the frequent revival of Pop standards and freedom from histrionic vocal lines of this contemporary instrumental music, lacking the intensity and dedication of much of jazz itself. Interestingly, late night coffee bars targeting late-teenage and 20s customers in Europe and Asia are playing Smooth Jazz in order to create an enticing mood. A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ... For other persons named David Sanborn, see David Sanborn (disambiguation). ... Marcus Miller (born June 14, 1959 in New York) is a jazz musician, composer and producer, perhaps best known as a bass guitarist with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. ... This article is about the musician. ... See also: Genealogy of musical genres Music can be divided into genres in many different ways. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...


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Especially intense vitriol has been directed toward saxophonist Kenny G, whose hit singles dominated Smooth Jazz radio in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is one of the most successful artists (in terms of sales) in the field; however, his detractors claim that his music is uninspired and boring and often extrapolate these opinions to others in the smooth jazz sphere. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the WFMU DJ, see Kenneth Goldsmith. ...


Enthusiasts of Kenny G's style argue that G's music is no longer representative. To many, his music represents the extreme pop end of the Smooth Jazz genre.


Pat Metheny has been long known as a forceful critic of Kenny G's music, offering both very musically technical analysis of G's abilities as well as a more reflective emotional consideration of G's relationship to the wider jazz community in part as a result of the juxtaposition of his technically limited skill as a saxophonist (despite the advances in the saxophone world) vs. the level of his financial success. Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist. ...


Saxophone aside, another criticism is G's common use of programmed drum tracks rather than live drummers.


Smooth Jazz albums generally considered to be genre-defining

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Major Smooth Jazz-producing record labels

GRP Records is an American jazz record company that was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. ... Higher Octave was an independent record label that specializes in a wide variety of uplifting music, including smooth jazz, Latin music and world music. ... Instinct Records is a New York City electronic music label that first gained prominence in 1990. ... Narada Productions is a record label formed in 1983 as a new age music label. ... Native Language Music, is an independent adult contemporary record label. ... Peak Records is co-founded by The Rippingtons leader and guitarist Russ Freeman & Andi Howard in 1994. ... Windham Hill Records is a record company, founded in the 1976 by guitarist and carpenter William Ackerman and wife Anne Robinson. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Narada Productions is a record label formed in 1983 as a new age music label. ... In jazz and blues notes added to the major scale for expressive quality, loosely defined by musicians to be an alteration to a scale or chord that makes it sound like the blues. ... Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress. ... Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958) is a eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter, renowned for her soaring alto vocal range. ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

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References

  1. ^ Radio Station Format Guide. New York Radio Guide. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  2. ^ a b c What is smooth jazz?. Smoothjazz.de. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  3. ^ Smooth and Contemporary Jazz. Verve Music Group. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  4. ^ Creed Taylor biography
  5. ^ Fairweather, Digby (2006-11-18). New Jazz Station - Goodbye to the Smooth, Hello to the Classics. Fly. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.

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Satellite Radio: XM 71 Watercolors | XS 71 Jazz Café This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... KABQ-FM (104. ... KBZN, also known as 97. ... KHJZ is an all-jazz music radio station in Houston, TX. It was previously a country station known as KIKK. Traditional Jazz can be heard on 95. ... KIFM (or Smooth Jazz 98. ... KJCD(CD104. ... KJJZ is a commercial smooth jazz music radio station in Indio, California, broadcasting to the Palm Springs, California area on 102. ... KJZN is a commercial radio station located in San Joaquin, California, broadcasting to the Fresno, California area on 105. ... KJZS is a commercial radio station located in Sparks, Nevada, broadcasting to the Reno, Nevada area on 92. ... KJZY-FM is a radio station licensed to Sebastopol, California with studios based in Santa Rosa, California, with a frequency of 93. ... KKSF, known as KKSF 103. ... KKSJ is a commercial radio station located in Maurice, Louisiana, broadcasting to the Lafayette, Louisiana area on 106. ... KKXS is a commercial radio station in Shingletown, California, broadcasting to the Redding, California area on 96. ... KMET is a commercial radio station in Banning, California, broadcasting to the eastern sections of the Riverside-San Bernardino, California area on 1490 AM. KMET airs a smooth jazz music format branded as The Smooth Oasis. Official Website Query the FCCs AM station database for KMET AM radio in... KMGK, known as Smooth Magic 107. ... KMGQ is a commercial radio station in Goleta, California, broadcasting to the Santa Barbara, California area on 106. ... KMYT (94. ... KNIK-FM is a commercial smooth jazz music radio station in Anchorage, Alaska, broadcasting on 105. ... KOAS is owned and operated by the Rbg Las Vegas Licenses and broadcasts out of Dolan Springs, Arizona. ... KPKK is owned and operated by the Sky Media and broadcasts out of Amargosa Valley, Nevada. ... KRVR is a commercial radio station located in Copperopolis, California, broadcating to the Stockton, California area on 105. ... KSSJ is a FM radio station serving Sacramento. ... KTWV is a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting to the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside-San Bernardino, California area on 94. ... KWJZ (Smooth Jazz 98. ... KYOT is a commercial Smooth Jazz music radio station located in Phoenix, Arizona, broadcasting on 95. ... WASJ is a commercial radio station located in Panama City Beach, Florida, broadcasting to the Panama City, Florida area on 105. ... WCIN is an AM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio established in 1953. ... WDSJ (Smooth Jazz 106. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... WFMR (106. ... WFSK-FM is the campus radio station of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. ... WJCD is known onair as 107. ... This article is about the new WJJZ, old WJJZ, and previous stations on the 97. ... WJZA is an FM radio station in Lancaster, Ohio broadcasting on 103. ... WJZK General Information FM Radio station in Richwood, Ohio located at 104. ... WJZL (92. ... WJZT is a smooth jazz radio station in the Tallahassee, Florida market. ... WJZW is an FM radio station licensed to Woodbridge, Virginia, broadcasting on 105. ... WJZZ-FM Smooth Jazz 107. ... WLOQ is a Smooth Jazz station licensed to Winter Park, Florida and serving the Orlando, Florida metropolitan area. ... WLVE, Love 94, is a Smooth Jazz-formatted radio station owned by Clear Channel Communications that serves the South Florida region. ... WNUA (95. ... WNWV is a commercial FM radio station serving the Cleveland, Ohio, USA, radio market (though technically licensed to Elyria). ... WQCD, known on-air as CD 101. ... WSJT is a Tampa Bay area radio station that broadcasts a smooth jazz format on 94. ... WSJW is Smooth Jazz 92. ... WSMJ (104. ... WVMV, known on-air as Smooth Jazz V98. ... WXJZ (Smooth Jazz 100. ... WYJZ, or Smooth Jazz 100. ... WZJZ is a commercial radio station located in Port Charlotte, Florida, broadcasting to the Fort Myers, Florida area on 100. ... A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR) is a digital radio signal that is broadcast by a communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio signals. ... “XM” redirects here. ... Watercolors is a channel on the XM Satellite Radio network that specializes in playing Smooth Jazz. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (SDARS) services operating in the United States and Canada, along with XM Satellite Radio. ... Jazz Café is a Smooth Jazz radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 71 and DISH Network channel 6071. ...

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Anchorage, AK · Atlanta, GA · Baltimore, MD · Chelan, WA · Chicago, IL · Cincinnati, OH · Cleveland, OH · Columbus, OH · Coos Bay, OR · Dayton, OH · Denver, CO · Detroit, MI · Fernandina Beach, FL · Fernandina Beach, FL · Folsom, LA · Fort Myers, FL · Fresno, CA · Gainesville, FL · Glenwood, MN · Grand Ledge, MI · Harrisburg, PA · Houston, TX · Indianapolis, IN · Kewaunee, WI · Laconia, NH · Lafayette, LA · Lakeland, FL · Las Vegas, NV · Lancaster, OH · Lawrenceburg, KY · Llano, TX · Los Angeles, CA · Los Angeles, CA · Melbourne, FL · Miami Beach, FL · Milwaukee WI · Miramar Beach, FL · Modesto/Stockton, CA · Nashville, TN · New York, NY · Norfolk-Virginia Beach, VA · Northampton, MA · Ocean Pines, MD · Opelousas, LA · Palm Springs, CA · Panama City Beach, FL · Philadelphia, PA · Phoenix, AZ · Portland/Vancouver, WA · Quincy, IL · Redding, CA · Reno, NV · Rincon, GA · Rochester, NY · Sacramento, CA · Saint Augustine Beach, FL · Salt Lake City, UT · San Diego, CA · San Francisco, CA · Santa Barbara, CA · Santa Fe-Albuquerque, NM · Santa Rosa, CA · Seattle, WA · Shell Knob, MO · Snowmass Village, CO · Standish, ME · Tampa, FL · Temecula, CA · Washington, DC · West Point, MS · Weston, OR · Winnfield,vLA · Winter Park, FL · Woodville, FL · Yulee, FL KNIK-FM is a commercial smooth jazz music radio station in Anchorage, Alaska, broadcasting on 105. ... WJZZ-FM Smooth Jazz 107. ... WSMJ (104. ... WNUA (95. ... WCIN is an AM radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio established in 1953. ... WNWV is a commercial FM radio station serving the Cleveland, Ohio, USA, radio market (though technically licensed to Elyria). ... WJZK General Information FM Radio station in Richwood, Ohio located at 104. ... WDSJ (Smooth Jazz 106. ... KJCD(CD104. ... WVMV, known on-air as Smooth Jazz V98. ... WZJZ is a commercial radio station located in Port Charlotte, Florida, broadcasting to the Fort Myers, Florida area on 100. ... KJZN is a commercial radio station located in San Joaquin, California, broadcasting to the Fresno, California area on 105. ... WXJZ (Smooth Jazz 100. ... KMGK, known as Smooth Magic 107. ... WJZL (92. ... WSJW is Smooth Jazz 92. ... KHJZ is located in the Houston, Texas area and broadcasts at 95. ... WYJZ, or Smooth Jazz 100. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... KKSJ is a commercial radio station located in Maurice, Louisiana, broadcasting to the Lafayette, Louisiana area on 106. ... WSJT is a Tampa Bay area radio station that broadcasts a smooth jazz format on 94. ... KOAS is owned and operated by the Rbg Las Vegas Licenses and broadcasts out of Dolan Springs, Arizona. ... WJZA is an FM radio station in Lancaster, Ohio broadcasting on 103. ... KTWV is a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting to the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside-San Bernardino, California area on 94. ... KMET is a smooth jazz radio station in the Inland Empire of California branded as Smooth Jazz 1490. ... WLVE, Love 94, is a Smooth Jazz-formatted radio station owned by Clear Channel Communications that serves the South Florida region. ... WFMR (106. ... KRVR is a commercial radio station located in Copperopolis, California, broadcating to the Stockton, California area on 105. ... WFSK-FM is the campus radio station of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. ... WQCD, known on-air as CD 101. ... WJCD is known onair as 107. ... KJJZ is a commercial smooth jazz music radio station in Indio, California, broadcasting to the Palm Springs, California area on 102. ... WASJ is a commercial radio station located in Panama City Beach, Florida, broadcasting to the Panama City, Florida area on 105. ... This article is about the new WJJZ, old WJJZ, and previous stations on the 97. ... KYOT is a commercial Smooth Jazz music radio station located in Phoenix, Arizona, broadcasting on 95. ... KIJZ is a commercial radio station in Vancouver, Washington, broadcasting to the Portland, Oregon area on 105. ... KKXS is a commercial radio station in Shingletown, California, broadcasting to the Redding, California area on 96. ... KJZS is a commercial radio station located in Sparks, Nevada, broadcasting to the Reno, Nevada area on 92. ... KSSJ is a FM radio station serving Sacramento. ... KBZN, also known as 97. ... KIFM (or Smooth Jazz 98. ... KKSF, known as KKSF 103. ... KMGQ is a commercial radio station in Goleta, California, broadcasting to the Santa Barbara, California area on 106. ... KABQ-FM (104. ... KJZY-FM is a radio station licensed to Sebastopol, California with studios based in Santa Rosa, California, with a frequency of 93. ... KWJZ (Smooth Jazz 98. ... WSJT is a Tampa Bay area radio station that broadcasts a smooth jazz format on 94. ... KMYT (94. ... WJZW is an FM radio station licensed to Woodbridge, Virginia, broadcasting on 105. ... WLOQ is a Smooth Jazz station licensed to Winter Park, Florida and serving the Orlando, Florida metropolitan area. ... WJZT is a smooth jazz radio station in the Tallahassee, Florida market. ...

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Smooth jazz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1705 words)
Smooth jazz as it is known today first emerged in the mid- to late-1970s, pioneered by such artists as Grover Washington, Jr.
Smooth jazz as a radio format has its roots in the construction of what were once called "beautiful music" stations, which generally played fifteen-minute sets consisting of instrumentals bookending a vocal song or two.
Jazz fusion enthusiasts also point to smooth jazz as having confused many listeners as to the meaning of fusion music, with fusion enthusiasts being some of the most vocal in appreciating a high level of virtuosity, improvisation, extended track lengths and soloing, all of which are rarely present in smooth jazz.
Jazz Lynx & Café Jazz - Canada's Smooth Jazz Connection: Home (591 words)
It was in 1997 that Café Jazz first crackled onto the air, in French mind you, on CKXL in Winnipeg on a Monday night in September and occupied that same slot for two years.
For one full year Canada's Smooth Jazz Connection was heard in both official languages and as such is perhaps the only show in Canada, most certainly the only Smooth Jazz show in Canada to have had that distinction.
As Jazz Lynx, he was consulted by the management team of CIWV The Wave, Canada’s first smooth jazz station, prior to the launch of their station in September 2000.
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