How smooth jazz took over the ‘90s

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  • Published on:  Monday, December 3, 2018
  • You should give smooth jazz a chance.Follow Vox Earworm on Facebook for more: http://www.facebook.com/VoxEarwormSmooth jazz has gotten a bad rap for decades. It’s often associated with background music for elevators or the soundtrack at the dentist office. Smooth jazz is less a genre of music than a highly researched radio format and, although it’s heyday was in the 1990s and it’s mostly associated with Kenny G, its origins go back the mid 1960s when a select few jazz musicians crossed over to pop music and had music purists riling. Artists like Grover Washington Jr. and George Benson took the style to new heights and created the sound that we all know and love….to hate. How to listen to smooth jazz Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/estelle...Some songs don't just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.Check out the entire Vox Earworm playlist here: http://bit.ly/2QCwhMHNote: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.Previous headline: How smooth jazz took over the ‘90sVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEOr our podcasts: https://www.vox.com/podcastsFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • Vox

     6 months ago

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  • Joshua Colson

     2 months ago

    ik it isn't exactly groundbreaking or well known but could you think of doing a video on neutral milk hotel

  • Dipocles

     6 months ago

    Smooth Jazz is the "lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to" from the 80's

  • Tarik Onat Sagir

     10 days ago

    hahahaha

  • Noelle D ́Araujo

     2 months ago

    wow! that's it! And I love both sooo deeply! <3

  • Chuffmuffin

     6 months ago

    You have to do a video about the history of Bossa Nova, how an US saxophone player, Stan Getz and Brazilian musicians, João Gilberto, Antânio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto and many others wrote songs, like the 2nd most covered song ever, Girl from Ipanema from the Grammy award winning album, Getz/Gilberto and many other hits that helped keep Jazz alive during the 60's.

  • davien steers

     23 days ago

    Some of the best songs ever made!

  • davien steers

     23 days ago

    Yes yes yes yes a million times yes

  • romariohamid

     6 months ago

    Hey Arnold had some really good smooth jazz for a cartoon

  • Sean McLellan

     4 months ago

    That show had the best soundtrack

  • Ronald Turner

     6 months ago

    Yoooooo it was amazing! They actually had a lot of Straight ahead and even some Fusion on there.

  • futuregroove1217

     6 months ago

    I have worked in the contemporary jazz world for 24+ years, and this video was an unbiased and balanced perspective on the genre. A lot of people bash it, but what is wrong with music that chills people out and gives them some peace of mind, in a world that is as stress inducing as the one we all live in? I applaud Estelle for her fair treatment of a very polarizing style of music. If the jazz-heads or other purists hate it, then they don't have to listen to it.

  • Seq '

     25 days ago

    I think it comes mostly from how people think of Smooth Jazz as actual jazz, so they refuse to hear any actual jazz. I am a jazz dude and I sometimes listen to Grover, but the frustrating part, mostly, is people assuming you play Kenny G when you say you're a jazzer.

  • D Rolark

     1 months ago

    AMEN! I totally agree with you! As a musician in this genre, I have been doing this before 1987, the year WNUA 95.5 first aired in Chicago. This genre is the soundtrack of my life. Smooth Jazz is a genre that brings people together rather than today's music that divides us. The songs they play today may have its temporary moment of glory, but Smooth Jazz is eternal. Even when stations across the country dropped the format in favor of other genres, Smooth Jazz was still gaining ground and emerged ...

  • Alfred D

     6 months ago

    I shook hands with Kenny G at a Whole Foods a few weeks ago. He loves tomatoes.

  • Taron Humphries

     3 months ago

    @Ian Craig that's awesome you met Acoustic Alchemy.

  • Ian Craig

     4 months ago

    Thats the beauty of this genre. Most of the artists are pretty down to earth. I got to meet the guys from acoustic alchemy. Good guys. My dad had drinks with the late great Chuck Loeb.

  • Nate and Noah Try Life

     6 months ago

    This music series has been really, really well done. Starting to creep up on borders as my favorite Vox show.

  • Roberto Fontiglia

     4 months ago

    @Monotone They did the one video that was kinda similar. That's the end of that.

  • Dhruv Bhatt

     6 months ago

    Tru asf, Borders has more of an impact though, for whatever reason. After watching Borders I come out like damn, basically in awe.

  • God

     6 months ago

    PROTO-AESTHETICS

  • RmonikMusic

     4 months ago

    @Nebulosus It's a super interesting relationship, cause smooth jazz was all about being clean and modern and well, smooth. Whereas vaporwave builds on the nostalgia of that time yet since technology improved massively, we now have to purposefully degrade the audio to make it like that.

  • Nebulosus

     4 months ago

    @Animock You obviously haven't listened to a lot of Vaporwave then. It's at least one of its biggest sound A E S T H E T I C S

  • Andres Andrieu

     6 months ago

    Major Hey Arnold feels. Kids of the 90s love smooth jazz for this very reason. At least I do.

  • ShogunSho

     5 months ago

    Also, Bob Ross.

  • CM0ney54

     6 months ago

    man, give me his room with this music all day, Arnold defied age and was just the definition of cool

  • Darth Decider

     6 months ago

    I got into Smooth Jazz in late 1998. I was a 15 year old Black teenage boy from West Philadelphia at the time and was beyond tired of 1990's r&b, rap, pop, and on and on. I got to the point where I had to find something else to listen to. I stumbled across Philadelphia's WJJZ 106.1 one afternoon. I gave it a chance. until that point in my life, I was NOT a fan of jazz music. but I was pleasantly surprised. song after song played and I became obsessed! I began recording songs on cassette tapes on my ste...

  • Darth Decider

     3 months ago

    @Gerald Murrill + that's right!!! pass on that good music!!!

  • Darth Decider

     3 months ago

    @Terrence Tillman + yep. from what I've heard it is still on the air on the AM side of the dial. sad. I listened when I was in the city and I was let down because of the AM radio interference.