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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... – Chris Sunami May 19 '16 at 16:44
  • @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. – candied_orange May 19 '16 at 20:41
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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? – candied_orange May 20 '16 at 4:08

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