Smooth Jazz Genre is not as complex or intimidating (and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way) as the traditional jazz from such greats as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis or Duke Ellington to name just a few. The many styles of jazz from artists as previously mentioned evolved from the "birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans, where it is still thriving today after a big hiccup following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.
But let's talk about "Smooth Jazz" and why it is so good. Smooth jazz is considered modern in the sense that it originated in the 1970's. Some of the influences found in the music genre are funk, R & B and pop music. Also in smooth jazz there is a fusion of old and new styles blended wonderfully but in a way where it is not considered "Fusion Jazz" which is very different.
Many of the smooth jazz artists today have many years of experience having played for such entertainers such as Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow ,Alicia Keys, and Elton John, and many more successful entertainers today. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that a large majority of the smooth jazz artists are also part-time or even full-time music professors and many have majored in various fields of music in college.
The sound and why listen
The most popular instruments for a smooth jazz artist are the saxophone and guitar but indeed not limited to those two instruments. In recording and "In Concert",artists have an entourage of top-notch back up musicians,( many whom are music producers with published music ) who perform with them.
The wonderful thing about smooth jazz is that it is not just for certain folks to enjoy. This jazz encompasses many styles which invites all ages and ethnicities because the music blends the body and mind and makes you feel good.
Access and Success
Today Smooth Jazz is the most accessible forms of jazz today because numerous radio stations play this genre only. Also smooth jazz is very popular overseas in Europe and Asia and other countries as well.
The smooth jazz artists, men and woman are a force to be reckoned with and the collaborations between them only emphasizes the strong camaraderie and dedication to the music and the reason it is so successful.