Jazz Appreciation Month Playlist


The National Museum of American History, americanhistory.si.edu

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. According to The National Museum of American History, “Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created right here at the museum in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.”

GSU Library has an extensive collection for those wanting to learn more about jazz or listen to some of the classics. Here’s a playlist for the GSU community that includes some of the classic songs and artists of jazz as well as a few of the modern day artists to give you a musical journey of Jazz’s past, present, and future. Enjoy!


About La Loria Konata

La Loria Konata is an Assistant Professor and the Policy Studies Librarian. She holds a Juris Master from Emory Law, a Master in Public Administration from Georgia State and Master in Library Science from Clark Atlanta.
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2 Responses to Jazz Appreciation Month Playlist

  1. falbilab says:

    Dwight Homeryou say the smooth part is what kills the genre. False. It is what defines the smooth jazz genre. If complex voicings are the only thing you see as jazz, I feel sorry for your closed mind. Not everyone wants to hear complexities. Not everyone wants to hear more than one thread. Most consumers of music do not understand players like Miles Davis, or many other great players. You should be happy that smooth jazz is capturing the average consumer and opening their ears to a hint of jazzthink of it as a stepping stone to gradually drawing in new people to the jazz art form. The more they hear smooth jazz, eventually the more they will want more, and begin tuning in to more complex material. It”s better they listen to smooth jazz, rather than 4-chord pop music on a loop. Feed the masses with small amounts of jazz they can comprehend, and convert them with time. Don”t close the door on people because they have yet to acquire a taste for a higher grade of music.

  2. Hi falbilab. Thanks for taking a look at the list. I added artists like Kandace Springs and Jose James for that smooth listening jazz experience. Of course, there are a ton of other songs I could add, but I wanted to keep the list as close to an hour as possible. I’m a big fan of Boney James and Fourplay. What smooth jazz artist/song would you like me to add to the list to introduce someone to jazz?