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Definition of the noun Smooth jazz

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  1. A modern form of jazz first developed in the 1970s that blends in elements of rhythm and blues.


  1. Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion and is influenced by jazz, R&B, funk, rock, and pop music styles. It is also the name of a radio format.
  2. "Smooth Jazz" is a musical album of Roy Ayers.


Smooth Jazz was a 24-hour music network produced by Jones Radio Networks. Its playlist consisted mostly of contemporary smooth jazz music from artists such as Boney James, Joe Sample, Kenny G., The Rippingtons, David Benoit and a dozen more artists. The format was overseen by Senior Director of Programming Jon Holiday and programmed by Steve Hibbard.

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Google previewDeath, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz (2008)

by Claudia Mair Burney

With a fabulous, flawed, and wonderfully funny cast of characters, Claudia Mair Burney's Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz is a delicious indulgence.

Google previewJazz/Not Jazz (2012)

The Music and Its Boundaries by David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, Daniel Goldmark

Smooth jazz is a particularly frequent target, with claims that it is “not jazz” or merely a “radio format” often tossed about in discussions. A relatively early example of this type of debate appeared on's “Speakeasy” forum that ...

Google previewAbsolute Beginner's Guide to IPod and ITunes (2007)

by Brad Miser

Smooth Jazz is an appropriate name for this stream. You can use the Volume slider to change the volume level and the Stop button to stop playback. The Rewind and Fast Forward buttons work a little differently from what you ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Jazz (2012)

by John S. Davis

SMOOTH JAZZ. A term used to describe a style of jazz that combines jazz- influenced phrasing and improvising with adult/contemporary Pop music styles. Smooth jazz rarely spotlights improvisation, instead focusing on melodic material that ...

Google previewJazz Licks Encyclopedia

Over 280 Useful Jazz Guitar Licks by Jody Fisher

Jazz Skills Rhythm Guitar Encyclopedia Stand Alone Tracks: Smooth Jazz The Complete Jazz Guitar Method: beginning Jazz Guitar Intermediate Jazz Guitar Mastering Jazz Guitar: Chord/Melody Mastering Jazz ...

Google previewReforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era [2 volumes] (2017)

by Jeffrey A. Johnson

White jazz, Harlem Renaissance, bebop, Dixieland, cool jazz, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, soul jazz, funk, smooth jazz, acid jazz, punk jazz: contemporary artists continue to develop different styles and genres of the medium, mining the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Despite featuring support from respected musicians Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, the album was more notable for its pop, country and soul leanings and only briefly strayed into smooth jazz territory. Perplexingly, it was lodged at the top of the ...

Google previewThe Berklee Contemporary Dictionary of Music (2015)

by Kari Juusela

smooth jazz. A light form of jazz that has easy grooves and limited dissonance. smorzando [It.].

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American History [3 volumes] (2010)

by Leslie M Alexander, Walter C. Rucker Jr.

thrives in the form of postbop, retro swing, neobop, rap, gangsta rap, and smooth jazz. The contemporary performers, unlike the past masters, are trained artists and utilize the strengths of the electronic medium. However, the bulk of mass ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set (2004)

by Christopher H. Sterling

The descriptive phrase easy listeningbecame more indefinitein the radiolexicon ofthe1990s, subsumingnot only soft AC but the new ageand smooth jazz ...

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People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play. (Roy Ayers)
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