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It’s OK To Like Jazz

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We all know someone who says something like, “I’m not into jazz” or “I just don’t get what jazz is all about.” So we’ve put together a 100 track playlist of music that should convince even the most sceptical that ‘It’s OK To Like Jazz.’ And if you already like jazz, we think that you’ll love our tunes.

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  1. dkastrodis

    June 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    i love jazz…

  2. iris

    June 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm


  3. Alex

    June 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    all right!!!

  4. elliott

    June 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    love it when will you cut a cd , sorry I’m old school, makes sunday morning here in the land of enchantment, new mexico a lot more enchanting………………..

  5. trevor parmenter

    June 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Good idea, great sounds, dispel the myth. We all like jazz we just don’t know it.

  6. Jan Mørk

    June 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Yes -jazzzz!

  7. javo

    June 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Great! Genios! Schön!!!

    If I were asked for a jazz playlist, then I cannot be more agree with what I just have in hand! Barbieri, Sinatra and Gillespi before going to bed! 😀

  8. Len Jones

    June 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    This listing is for hip trendies who think they like jazz!

    • Jazzy Jazz

      June 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hipsterism does not limit itself to underground rock bands.

      • uDiscover

        June 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        Ain’t that the truth!

    • Flonious Punk

      August 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      SO are saying they should have had a whole lot of Cecil Taylor, AACM, Albert Ayler and Fred Frith to scare away all the hipsters?

  9. Gary Kilgore

    June 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Every time I think I’ve downloaded all of my favorite music, I’m at about 1,400, someone has to come along and point out more titles I need to include! : P

  10. Rémi

    June 2, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Is it possible to have the name of the songs/authors present in this playlist ? Spotify is not available in Canada 🙁

  11. Al Milchem

    June 2, 2014 at 5:43 am

    And there are countless more. Jazz has been my preferred musical genre for over seventy years, covering all phases from traditional to modern. It still provides me with great enjoyment. My advice would be: listen ciosely & with an open mind.

    • uDiscover

      June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Sage advice!

    • Jeffrey Tedford

      October 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      I feel like a piker @ approx. fifty years plus of listening. One of my favorites- Dexter Gordon’s rendition of “Blue Monk” has been omitted, but nothing is perfect.
      I’d also add Return To Forever’s “La Fiesta”, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Summertime; Billie Holiday: Good Morning Heartache; John Coltrane: Moment’s Notice; Horace Silver::Song For My Father; Wayne Shorter :Nefertitti; Clark Terry’s Big B-A-D Band: Una Mas; Woody Shaw: Rosewood; Joe Turner& The Trumpet Kings: T.V.Mama. The list could be endless.:

      • Onaje Allan Gumbs

        March 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Thank you for liking Rosewood among your selections. I was the pianist on that date and arranged the title track as well as my own tune “Every Time I See You” Good listening to you. Take care. – Onaje Allan Gumbs

  12. Don Albert

    June 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    My Favourite Things by Coltrane will put most people off jazz . Normally if you don’t say it’s jazz people will listen. It’s not the music they’re afraid of it’s the word JAZZ that scares the shit out of them.

    • uDiscover

      June 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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  13. Mac

    June 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    To the original author of this list, well done. You have provided a list of music to try and help those who don’t understand the genre. Nicely presented introduction to why jazz, once it is understood, is an enjoyable genre to have within your collection of music.

    To Len Jones, grow the hell up, stop trying to be a total ass hat and show everyone how much you honestly don’t know, and instead come up with a better list and join in the group of people trying to explain the genre to the general public. Or are you honestly that brain dead that you can’t see what is trying to be done here, that instead if being a total ass hat, there are people out there who are trying to say to those who do not understand the genre that once they understand what makes up the genre, they might actually like it too.

    And before you try unpinning your petticoats and getting all macho in your uneducated reply, i have had two bands whose somewhat eclectic song list would show that they also showed that some jazz is worth listening to. Oh, and also remember that i have both emphysema and Leukaemia and have about 12 – 18 months to live, so I really don’t give a rats A** what your negative comments mean or meant.

    They played to try and introduce jazz to the audiences who attended to a form of music that they should be able to feel comfortable with, because they understand it. Fortunately they now all include jazz in their own music collections.

    Go out and compose your own helpful list to assist people to understand this rich musical genre and publish that instead if wasting everyone’s time with your negative drivel…..

    • Mick

      October 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Wow, Mac – that’s lousy news about your illness, here’s hoping predictions of your imminent demise prove mistaken. I don’t think Len Jones’ comment [on the thread that I see] marks him as a ‘brain dead’ ‘ass hat’ at all [as I understand those slurs]. Hard to believe you’d want to be delivering a vitriolic rant of the type you’re deploring … but you so did that.
      My comment on the facebook page was to be:
      Great concept, no doubt many are uninitiated (some would call those ‘rubes’), and there’s a place in the world for them, “OK to Like” sends a tepid, lily-livered cum-bay-yahyah message that is at odds with jazz’ true spirit. But that’s a sweet setlist.
      Apparently some would call me a hip-trendy – whatever – jazz people [jazz cats, for the boppers out there] are pretty opinionated in my experience. That’s a good thing.

    • Mick

      October 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Mac, you post a vitriolic rant against Len Jones which decries the practice of posting vitriolic rants. Regrets about your illness, hope predictions of your imminent demise prove unfounded. In any case, it’s no excuse to “go postal” againt people whose views differ from yours.
      Jazz people [jazz cats, if you’re older] are often passionate contrarians. Your hyper-sensitive, truculent response to Len J, replete with ad hominem attacks, arguably marks you as a dilettante, which is counter-indicated, of course, by your self-recounted experience.
      As to the page, I said:
      Great concept, no doubt many are uninitiated (some would call those ‘rubes’), and there’s a place in the world for them, “OK to Like” sends a tepid, lily-livered cum-bay-yahyah message that is at odds with jazz’ true spirit. But that’s a sweet setlist.

  14. Erik Zoha

    June 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Jazz – hmm, nice

  15. Hatta

    June 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    There is no Chriss Botti, why? Disnt get the rights? What happened? He deserves to be here.

  16. HanCholo

    June 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    cats whisker’s!

  17. Derek Hughes

    August 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I have loved jazz since first hearing The Voice Of America – Jazz Hour, some 60 years ago with Willis Canover on shortwave radio, Favourites – Ellington, Miles, Monk, Mulligan, Rollins, and many many more musicians have given me such joy and pleasure over the years, and yes I love Blues Folk,, Rock, Classical. If it is good music and gets to your spirit and soul, that’s it !!
    You’ve got it or you haven’t.

    • uDiscover

      August 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Derek, you’re so right…

  18. Pedro

    August 12, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Well, if need Chris Botti, will need Kenny G too. Jesus. As a form of expression, it would be wrong to put jazz in a very restricted way. But it’s also need some criticism, form and content, or will lose it’s reason and context. Jazz cannot cut roots with the beauty of it’s pioneers. Use commercial modern music and mix with jazz may be a option to introduce jazz for beginners, but let’s use good sense. I’m not looking to stuck jazz and doesnt it be adapted to the differents periods of time, but i think i’ve already made my point.

  19. Kriddler

    August 12, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I performed 2 jazz songs with non- jazz musicians for a makeshift trio.
    Guess I chose no 1 and no 2 of this list!

  20. Kevin O'Brien

    August 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    A great selection. My Fav’s on the list are Ronny Jordan & Gregory Porter. They could of course listen to my Night Train on Jazz and Bossa radio every Thursday. Had to get the plug in there he he 🙂

    • uDiscover

      August 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Cheers, Kevin, great call!

  21. DJ MILES

    August 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    ufffffffff, Ronny Jordan So What!
    Miles on 72 and below……………………..
    strange but So What!

    • uDiscover

      August 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      It is not a chart 🙂 just a list of tracks!

  22. Kevin Johnson

    August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Nice effort. I just found it a little ironic that it begins with that “smooth” goop that is not jazz!

  23. Bill Nelson

    October 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

    After Getz comes Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, and on and on, right up to today and beyond! Keep your ears and mind open.

  24. hubert

    March 14, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I love your list,have been into jazz since a great many of years . please don’t forget that on the other side of the Atlantic (in Europe) you can find a multitude of heavyweights in jazz !!!!

  25. Lucy midolo Gomez

    March 14, 2015 at 4:41 am


  26. Martin

    March 16, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Why is it that everytime I click on the “Spotify” button link, it just takes me to the Spotify homepage and not to the list you created, and when I search for the list manually in Spotify I can never find it? This happens to me every time you post a list.

  27. Felicia

    April 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Jazz makes me feel good: Billie, Ella, Brubeck, Anita, Mingus, Remler, Satchmo, Blossom… I love it!

  28. Alex

    May 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    If I was an outsider to jazz, this playlist would make me dislike it all the more. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but immersions into jazz (especially for the non-musician) need to blur the lines of music they already like, or is generally commercial.

  29. ben lawless

    June 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    No Sun Ra? Shame on you.

  30. Ollie Boy

    June 3, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Ok, jazz, last chance…

  31. Joel Estrin

    April 7, 2016 at 4:53 am

    You cannot forget “Take 5” Dave Brubeck!

  32. Joel Estrin

    April 7, 2016 at 4:55 am

    “Kind of Blue” Miles Davis, been collecting jazz lps for 50 years!

  33. Joel Estrin

    April 7, 2016 at 4:59 am

    The only way other than live is lps! Nothing touches the feeling more than records!
    Listening to cds, forget it.

  34. Richard Gawlowski

    June 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Stupid question. how do i download this list?

  35. Harris Cohen

    June 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Great Site!

  36. Judy Fuchs Maestas

    August 31, 2017 at 11:38 am

    It’s o.k. to not like jazz when this post attaches itself to every jazz player one has ever liked and fills your Facebook page. Jeez.

  37. Isa Maturana

    August 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Amo al Jazz.

  38. T G ASmith

    August 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Not for me although I would include a couple in my list of favourites. But for the most part it is a list of very good tracks nice to to see Vince Guaraldi in there.

  39. Clint Hopson

    August 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I have over 3,000 examples as to why jazz is so wonderful

  40. Melvin

    September 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I Play jazz lp’s

  41. Phil hopkinson

    October 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    No Lester Young! NO ornette,no mingus no pharaoh Saunders, no jelly roll,no weather report.Its a bit of a smooth list for me but enjoyable never the less and yes as a limey I started listening to jazz on three American forces etwork in the 50’s

  42. Joshua Saltzman

    October 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    This is a good playlist, but it has a certain slant toward, I would say “easy” listening and pop. Which is fine, for a jazz novice who is coming from that direction. But whenever I make a playlist of jazz for someone who doesn’t like or doesn’t know jazz, I try to think of what direction they’re coming from. People into punk or metal or noise might be more interested in freer and more chaotic sounds. People who come from hip-hop might be more interested in grooves and famous samples. People who like drum-heavy classic rock might like stuff that heavily features hard-hitting drummers like Art Blakey or Elvin Jones or Tony Williams. I got into jazz as a teenager and this list would have been totally the wrong thing to entice me. It was records like Monk/Jazz Messengers, Coltrane’s Sound, Shape of Jazz to Come, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Milestones that I liked best. Hard bop had a big appeal to me as did early avant garde stuff. I would have fallen asleep if someone played me Chet Baker at that age, let alone David Benoit. I would have gotten totally the wrong impression of what jazz is and can be.

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