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April is “Jazz Appreciation Month”, “What!” we here you say, “Every month should be jazz appreciation month?”, and you are right. But listen up, anything that gets more people listening to jazz, even if in your case it’s, more jazz, is a great idea.

But what will get people listening to jazz? Well, we think, for starters it’s giving them things to listen to that they may not have heard before, or forgotten about, or just possibly has passed them by. So that’s why we’ve come up with this playlist that covers jazz in all its forms and in all its many guises. We think no matter what jazz is your bag, there will be jazz to appreciate on our playlist. It’s a playlist that we will keep growing over the rest of the month…and don’t tell anyone, but throughout the other eleven months of the year. So far we’ve collected over 150 great tracks and as we said it’s growing every day.

Come with us and appreciate some jazz…

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The Jazz Appreciation Playlist

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  1. mphilips

    April 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Can’t listen to your list because it requires spotify, which I don’t use.

    • mike power

      April 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Why not just join Spotify? It’s free and there is a ton of great jazz available there.

  2. angela levey

    April 17, 2015 at 3:45 am

    a few of those people aren’t even jaZz players. Stan Levey has beautiful albums with gorgeous tunes and marvelous players like Conti Candoli,Dexter ,Lou Levy, Frank Rosolino etc. , and he swings like no

    • mike power

      April 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Which of these tracks do you not consider to be “jazz”? They all seem to fit the definition to me.

      • Cheryl Rubenstein

        May 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

        The following are not Jazz: Indra Rios, Nucleus, David Benoit, Elaine Elias, Mark Winkler, Jill Scott and Takuya Kuroda. …at least by the cuts you chose to include here. They may be considered Smooth Jazz. You might as well call Usher and D’Angelo Jazz musicians…yuck.

  3. Asakan

    April 19, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Deezer users can convert this by using this website:

  4. Maja Rokovic

    April 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    great list! listen to this one and decide by yourself, but I think it should be in this list:

  5. Andrew D

    May 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I think my version of the list was cut off…I don’t see one song from Sarah Vaughan.

  6. Michael H

    May 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Not sure whether these are supposed to be in order of priority or (as they say on TV Reality shows) “In No Particular Order” but to go down to 128 before getting the first Miles’ tune seems a bit far fetched. Nothing from the seminal “Kind of Blue”? or “Sketches of Spain”? Nor “In A Silent Way”? Don’t think I saw any Keith Jarrett either – his “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as the encore from the Milan Concert is a must surely. There are more omissions than that but space forbids any more.

  7. Tadeu Braga

    April 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    This list is very important for me, because i love jazz!!

  8. Jack Hale

    May 1, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Not too bad of a list but clearly biased in preferred style. Numerous Chet Baker inclusions buy no Blue Mitchell at all? Come on! Do you actually believe that Chet deserves more credit than Clifford Brown! What a joke! How many jazz fans would not include the mastery of Joe Pass over most that are in the list? Less than 1% I’m sure! Oh, and let’s not forget that Art Tatum wasn’t good enough to be included in your list, while others received many recordings??? I could go on with the exclusions of Miles Davis while others received way too many inclusions.
    A biased list for sure, especially regarding Jazz Appreciation Month. Freddy Hubbard, more Louis! Biased with preference of decade and performers, not close the full rich history. Almost no 1930’s combos at all, let alone no Bix and other 1920’s-30’s important artists!

  9. T

    May 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Spotify is not available in all countries. Not all of us can enjoy thses playlists.

  10. Angelis

    April 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Give a chance, jazz is quite extensive and varied music genre with so many masters and sub-genres. As much as one listens this stuff has a lot that’s been done and left you missing out more than you thought. I’d have included more Ella, Duke, Buddy Rich, Trane, father Armstrong, Sara Vaughan and many many others. I would have included Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner, Jo Jones tunes but then it would feature a really looooong list

  11. Paddy

    April 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Amazing list thank you!!! id never used spotify now i do lol thank you 🙂

  12. Johnny Thorn

    May 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I here you say?? Improvise with the music but surely it is I hear you say, just sayin’. An old Kiwi swinger.

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