What kind of jazz (subgenre) does jazz24.org play?

  • Been listening to jazz24.org for a while and I can't place what kind of jazz they play. It seems to cover a lot of eras but it's distinctive enough that I can almost recognize it from the music alone as opposed to other jazz stations.

    Jazz comes in many subgenres. I'm not even sure if what they play is a subgenre. If there is some common thread please let me know. Here's a sample of their playlist:

    • First Sample

    Unchain My Heart
    Ray Charles

    One Morning In May
    Bill Charlap

    From This Moment On
    Diana Krall

    Tino's Dream
    Sax Gordon

    Someday My Prince Will Come
    Dave Brubeck

    Max
    Cory Weeds W/ Jeff Hamilton Trio

    Minor Swing
    Django Reinhardt

    Sister Cheryl
    Wynton Marsalis

    Summertime
    Herbie Hancock / Joni Mitchell

    Song For Difang
    Kenny Garrett

    Summer Night
    Miles Davis

    5-10-15 Hours
    Ruth Brown

    Famous Are The Flowers
    Geoffrey Keezer

    • Second Sample (With album info)

    hello my lovely Artist: charlie haden Album: haunted heart
    my one and only love Artist: johnny hartman Album: coltrane & hartman
    what's going on Artist: charles lloyd Album: lift every voice
    crazy Artist: tierney sutton Album: something cool
    it's your thing Artist: jimmy mcgriff Album: straight up
    hello Artist: cyrus chestnut Album: a million colors in your mind
    your heart is as black as night Artist: melody gardot Album: my one and only thrill
    in the afternoon Artist: wynton marsalis Album: marsalis standard time, volume one
    insensiblement Artist: joe pass Album: best of joe pass
    naima Artist: karrin allyson Album: ballads: remembering john coltrane
    soul sauce Artist: poncho sanchez Album: soul sauce: memories of cal tjader
    secret love Artist: joe beck Album: relaxin'
    blues in the night Artist: katie melua Album: piece by piece
    anna's blues Artist: benny green Album: live in santa cruz
    i remember you Artist: coleman hawkins Album: desfinado
    jumpin' at capitol Artist: nat king cole Album: best of nat king cole trio: instrumental classics
    do it again Artist: sophie milman Album: in the moonlight
    sweet sixteen bars Artist: ray charles Album: the best of ray charles
    work song Artist: nat adderley Album: work song
    lonely woman Artist: andy summers Album: the last dance of mr. x
    tonk Artist: larry coryell Album: inner urge
    you don't know what love is Artist: dinah washington Album: gitanes jazz
    o pato Artist: charlie byrd Album: jazz samba
    opus de funk Artist: horace silver Album: horace silver trio
    red guitar Artist: cassandra wilson Album: another country
    pent-up house Artist: sonny rollins Album: sonny rollins plus 4
    this masquerade Artist: gene harris Album: listen here!
    save your love for me Artist: joey defrancesco Album: all about my girl
    winelight Artist: trio da paz Album: somewhere
    slipped disc Artist: dave bennett Album: don't be that way
    feeling good Artist: michael buble Album: it's time
    stars fell on alabama Artist: tom scott Album: cannon re-loaded
    born to be blue Artist: eric alexander Album: alexander the great
    ham hocks and cabbage Artist: christian mcbride Album: out here
    greasy spoon Artist: crusaders Album: southern comfort
    when lights are low Artist: sarah vaughan Album: sarah +2

    There's definitely a common sound to these selections, but it may be more of a shared sensibility than a single identifiable subgenre. I started to write up an answer to this question, but too many of the songs were recognizably in different genres to make the answer worthwhile. Maybe it means they have an actual human being making the selections, not a computer...

    @ChrisSunami I can post more samples of their play list if it would help. I'm interested in gaining this sensibility, even if it's a whole set of subgenres. I'd like to learn enough to be able to go out into the world knowing what to ask for to get music like this. I know just saying "Jazz" isn't enough.

  • This is no one subgenre, but there are definitely parameters. It's basically mainstream jazz of the years after Dixieland went out, but before smooth jazz was invented. There's a lot of swing, some Chicago style, some bebop, some Hot Club (gypsy swing). It's more small ensembles than Big Bands. There's a lot of vocals (but no scat), and some soul mixed in. There's a lot of newer artists, but only the ones who work in the traditional styles. It's basically all acoustic, upright bass dominates. There's some brass, and piano, but not much tuba or banjo.

    There's no Louis Armstrong (Dixieland), no Kenny G (smooth jazz), no Monk (experimental), no Ellington (Big Band), no Ella Fitzgerald (scat). The Herbie Hancock is acoustic, not electric or synthesized.

    That should be enough to get you pointed in the right direction in a good record shop.

    Nicely put. Would you say this analysis is consistent with their "quintessential list": The Jazz 100?

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