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ANNOUNCEMENT - I just purchased the domain name 'forevercool.us' and web space from Register.com.  Forever Cool will now live at its new address http://www.forevercool.us/.  Please access the site at its new address as I will be shutting this site down in the near future.  Let me know what you think of the new site!!!

THE STATION

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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WHAT'S NEW

12/8/2005

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.

12/7/2005

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. 

12/4/2005

Did another upload today to make up for the days I missed earlier this week.  What better way to start off your Monday....

12/3/2005

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.  ;-)

11/30/2005

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.....

11/27/2005

Mixed in one more Xmas jazz CD that my friend Nancy brought to my attention (her station is 'Dimensions in Jazz').  Enjoy!

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS

FEATURED ALBUM

Christoph Spendel Christmas Jazz Trio - Silent Night

Nice, cool jazz CD to go with the holidays.  Of course you need a German-English dictionary to get through the song titles. ;-)

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