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Jazz Con Class Radio runs on predetermined playlists that I have full control of. It is up to me (MY JOB) to make sure the quality of the music is consistent enough to match the listeners taste. For that reason I have created several playlist and am constantly building new ones. Here are the ones I have to offer for now and with a small description on each. I have a very large “personal” collection of jazz music and always buying more, so it never gets repetitious:
The Specialty Playlist: This playlist will feature special collaborations between jazz greats. This occurred quite a bit in the jazz world and where musicians from an earlier era met up with the young upcoming jazz musicians from the newest movement. There were many special collaborations recorded in a studio setting or “Live” on stage, in a special event or in a jazz festival. This playlist is loaded with great performances and is always growing. There will also be live recordings from establish bands and with no special collaborations.
Contemporary Playlist (ONLY ON SATURDAYS): Jazz Con Class is introducing the new “Contemporary Playlist” for the listeners to enjoy. This playlist does contain new music by aspiring young artists and older established ones but the sound is traditional, so adding here alongside rest would be logical. Not to mention, it is necessary and imperative for the conservation of Classic Jazz music. In the ever changing world we live and with the overuse of music genres these artist remind and in turn, educate the confused or may I say, misinformed listeners, with a good doze of history. Great music never gets old and this is living proof. Either if you are a newbie listener who questions the direction music has taken the new generation or you are a music explorers with a big appetite of curiosity towards classic Jazz, then this playlist is for you.
The listeners of Jazz Con Class Radio already know that on every Tuesday I present a special combination of Jazz tunes that I feel everyone will enjoy. Its a sort of trap for those jazz explorers out who are hunting around on the internet and looking for a jazz radio station, here it is, come and get some Jazz Con Class Radio! The “Super Tuesday Jazz Presentation” lasts at least three hours in total and plays three times (its repeated) during the day so that it could be heard in all parts of the globe. I welcome anyone interested in having their own three-hour Jazz presentation placed here on Jazz Con Class. If you can put together at least three hours of Classic/Traditional jazz together, please let me know on the feedback link and we will work it out together. Thank you and ENJOY!
This a well organized and well thought out Jazz presentation that will last 5 hours. It will broadcast only once and on every Wednesday. I will make sure to start it on different hours every week so the global Jazz Con Class listeners will not miss it.
Avant-Garde: A narrowed down and strictly Avant Garde Jazz Playlist. There are different names given to this era and/or one could even say that its too general because of the different variations of Jazz that exists. It takes place and runs from the very late 50′s to the very early 70′s. It has also known as “Free Jazz” but many say and consider both to be different styles. There is much controversy and there were other names given to this era and partly because of the Civil Rights Movement. Here’s a link that can help you further understand the complexity of this Jazz era. It can get confusing but it’s great music, ENJOY!
The Jazz Funk Playlist: This playlist is not so big because it covers the very end of the 60′s and the very beginning of the 70′s and where it was suddenly interrupted by Jazz Fusion. This is considered to be a another jazz era and where almost all the instruments used were electric. The jazz musicians had to keep up with the ever growing “Hard Rock” British invasion. It worked out pretty well and many hard bop artists were able to find a second life. This jazz funk era had a different sound but its blues roots were never lost because of its funkiness.
The “Piano Alone” Playlist: The “Piano Alone” Playlist will consist of as many Jazz pianist solos available and that I can personally find. It will not have all the best Jazz pianists because not all of them have piano solo songs but I have plenty of piano songs from many greats here. And enough to create a playlist that I could play comfortably twice a day.
Hard Bop Playlist: This playlist is by far, the largest in the enormous Jazz Con Class Library! It’s the most creative and where their was the largest concentration of legendary Jazz musicians playing at the same time. I could just make a Jazz station solely on Hard Bop and play it 24/7 with nobody ever getting bored with it. There are tons of great Hard Bop music out there and I am discovering new ones everyday. I purchase it and place it immediately on Jazz Con Class Radio so I could share it with the rest of the world. ENJOY!!
Big Band Playlist: Here I will place all the best that I have and can get of BIG sounding bands. Duke Ellington will probably dominate here but I will try to give him a fair fight. Let’s not forget Dizzy and Coleman Hawkins were part of Big Bands also. Plenty to hear, you’re going to love it!
UPDATE 10/31/2013: Now this playlist has expanded because Dixie Jazz Bands have been added! ENJOY!
The Cuban Sandwich: Here I will play pure Cuban Music and Cuban Music that was intertwined with Jazz like Cubop or Afro-Cuban Jazz, great stuff!
The Singers Block: This playlist consists of all the great Jazz singers throughout the years. Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more!
The Bossa Nova Playlist: Here I will have the best Bossa Nova I can get my hands on and Brazilian Jazz. There are many great musicians in Brazil and their lively music cannot be abandoned, so I am dedicating space for it.
“Classy Jazz”: This playlist is the Jazz Con Class Radio version of that so-called “Smooth” Jazz advertized around everywhere. This is “Real” Jazz from the best Jazz musicians ever. No, its not that phony, lifeless, repetitious sounding crap which they placed the genre “Smooth Jazz” to. Its so disgraceful how non-talented musicians have taken advantage of Jazz with this non emotional, heartless music and then placed the word Jazz behind it. It’s actually a CRIME to label it as Jazz! Here on Jazz Con Class Radio the listeners will only hear the real thing, ENJOY!