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1920s - Al Jolson - California, Here I Come
1930s - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - In The Mood
1940s - Duke Ellington - Take The "A" Train
1950s - Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
1960s - Dave Brubeck - Take Five
1970s - George Benson - Breezin'
1980s - Herb Alpert with Janet Jackson - Diamonds
1990s - Candy Dulfer - Lily Was Here
2000s - Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
1920s - Paul Whiteman - All Alone
1930s - Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher
1940s - Tommy Dorsey - Delores
1950s - Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches
1960s - Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island
1970s - Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now
1980s - Luther Vandross - Stop To Love
1990s - Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
2000s - Jorge Pascera - Grooves In The Temple
1920s - Marion Harris - Tea For Two
1930s - Isham Jones - Stardust
1940s - Jimmy Dorsey - Maria Elena
1950s - Ray Anthony - Peter Gunn Theme
1960s - Miles Davis - So What
1970s - Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good
1980s - Paul Hardcastle - Rain Forest
1990s - Propellerheads - History Repeating
2000s - Hiroshima - Wishing Peace
1920s - Jan Garber - Baby Face
1930s - Benny Goodman - Moon Glow
1940s - Les Brown - Sentimental Journey
1950s - Frank Sinatra - High Hopes
1960s - Ramsey Lewis Trio - The In Crowd
1970s - Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance
1980s - Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture
1990s - Brian Setzer Orchestra - Route 66
2000s - Manhattan Transfer - Free Samba


Musical periods before the 1960s did not capture the essense of modern stereo recording, which began to take shape in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, many early jazz recordings still stand up because of the great performances. Jazz engulfed a wide variety of music that included Dixieland, marching bands, gospel, blues and experimental music. By the sixties there were several subgenres of jazz that included jazz fusion, progressive jazz and jazz/funk. Artists who helped advance jazz beyond common formulas included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dave Brubeck. Many pop hits of the seventies by artists such as Chicago, Tower of Power and Average White Band were heavily influenced by jazz horn sections.

Smooth Jazz Pop Songs 1970s-2000s
Jazz Instrumentals 1955-1999









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