Welcome to the website for Forever Cool, the Internet radio station
that plays the coolest jazz on the net. I concentrate on jazz that's more relaxed and laid-back...great for sipping cocktails on the patio or to help you get through your work day. I
like to consider my station the jazz purist's alternative to Smooth Jazz. Most
of the selections represent a style of jazz prevalent in the 50's and 60's known as Cool and West Coast Jazz, with some Bossa
Nova thrown in for good measure.
According to Down Beat Magazine, "The heat and urgency of bebop began to relax
with the development of Cool Jazz. Starting in the late 1940s and early '50s, musicians began to develop a less frantic, smoother
approach toward improvising modeled after the light, dry playing of swing-era tenorist Lester Young. The result was a laid-back
and even-keeled sound bearing a facade of emotionally detached "coolness."
"Like Cool Jazz, West Coast Jazz was much more subdued than the frantic bebop that preceded it.
Most West Coast Jazz was scored out in great detail, and it often sounded a bit European with its use of contrapuntal lines.
However, the music left wide-open spaces for long, linear solo improvisations." The main
artists are Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Ahmad Jamal, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Byrd,
Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, and Wes Montgomery.
In the early 60's, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd were exposed to Brazilian music through figures
such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Laurindo Almeida. The resulting blend of jazz and samba became known as Bossa Nova.
Bossa Nova had the same 'cool' style as Cool and West Coast Jazz but with a Brazilian beat. It is for this reason
that it has found its way into 'Forever Cool' as well.
I hope you enjoy listening to the station, and being a part of 'Forever Cool'. Please email
me with any requests, suggestions, or comments. I try to update the tracks on the playlist every other day and
have over 6500 individual tracks that I rotate on the station over time. Thanks for listening and stay cool.....
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Well guess what went down again yesterday....yup you guessed it....my Internet connection. Blood pressure went sky
high as I spent the afternoon on the phone with Time Warner yet again. Sigh....at least now you have another update
to the playlist.
Didn't get to update the playlist yesterday since my Internet connection was down most of the day. I saw the Time
Warner truck out front at 5 PM and suddenly things started working again. So today we finally have an update....so much
for catching up on the weekend....sigh.
Did another upload today to make up for the days I missed earlier this week. What better way to start off your
Another really busy day of Real Estate so the update got put off until today. Don't you hate when your job interferes
with you hobby. ;-)
The station was down for Standard Listeners for a bit yesterday because of more technical problems at Live365.
Ugh!! Someday they'll get it right. Meanwhile I've added a bunch more tracks to the playlist this AM. That
should make up for it.....
Mixed in one more Xmas jazz CD that my friend Nancy brought to my attention (her station is 'Dimensions in Jazz').