Category Archives: Jazz

April means JAM, also Paula Atherton is our Featured Artist of the Month!

It’s no “April Fool’s” joke. Jazz Appreciation Month returns to our airwaves! Our daily playlist includes some of the legends of jazz music, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and many more. This is the 8th year … Continue reading

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John Coltrane Honored by Smithsonian for Jazz Appreciation Month

The Smithsonian Institute kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month this April by honoring John Coltrane, one of the most influential saxophone players in Jazz. Coltrane was commemorated with a portrait by artist Joseph Holston for their yearly poster.   Coltrane’s son, … Continue reading

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Remembering George Duke (1946-2013)

The first time I heard the keyboardist extraordinaire George Duke was in 1980, when I heard his album, “Brazilian Love Affair”. Its Brazilian rhythms was a refreshing change of pace from what I’ve head before in R&B. But it was … Continue reading

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Remembering Phoebe Snow (1952-2011)

Phoebe Snow died on Tuesday at the age of 60. Snow’s music has been a mainstay here at Smooth Jazz and More for many years. Here’s a live performance of her 1975 hit, “Poetry Man”. R.I.P.

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Martin Luther King Speaks About Jazz

I received this via email and thought I’d post it for you to read. From his opening address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, spoke on the Importance of Jazz. ———————————————— God has wrought … Continue reading

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Saxophonist James Moody Dies

Sad news this Friday, as jazz saxophonist James Moody died of pancreatic cancer. He was 85 years old. He was best known for his hit, “Moody’s Mood for Love”, a tune best remembered as the closing theme for Frankie Crocker’s … Continue reading

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Music Interlude From Pat Metheny

Here’s a musical interlude from Grammy award winning jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny. From his 1987 release, “Still Life (Talking)”, here’s “Last Train Home” featuring some beautiful steam engine trains. The album won a Grammy award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. … Continue reading

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