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The Jazz Groove

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The Jazz Groove
CitySan Francisco, California
Broadcast areaWorldwide
SloganLaid-Back Jazz
Hand selected. Meticulously curated. Artfully blended.
First air dateJune 2011 (2011-06) (as private LLC)
March 2016 (2016-03) (as public NPO)
Format
  • Soft jazz
  • Instrumental jazz
Language(s)English
ClassInternet radio station
OwnerFoundation to Advance Jazz (Exec. Director: Paul Goldstein)
Sister stationsThe Jazz Groove Mix #2
(Laid-Back Christmas Jazz) · Dreams · Gems · Smooth Jazz
Webcast
Websitejazzgroove.org

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The Jazz Groove is an independent, non-commercial, internet radio station specializing in jazz music founded in June 2011.[1] It is currently located in San Francisco, California and has been operating since March 2016 as a service of the nonprofit Foundation to Advance Jazz.[2][3] The station plays mostly mellow jazz and is aimed at an audience that enjoys the kind of melodic fare one hears in smokey bars late at night or puts on during romantic, candlelight dinners.

History[edit]

The Jazz Groove traces its origins to June 2011 when it was founded as a privately owned and operated LLC. Over the years it continued to evolve and was re-launched in March 2016 by the San Francisco-based Foundation to Advance Jazz, a 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers and freelancers, whose mission is to greatly expand the jazz audience and is dependent on donations from its listeners in order to operate.[4][5]

The Jazz Groove started as a single radio station and later expanded into a network of five live streaming channels which include these four new additions: The Jazz Groove Mix #2 (includes the seasonal Christmas Jazz channel), Dreams (soft jazz for sleep), Gems (vocal jazz), and Smooth Jazz.

In September 2016, Jazz Tonight debuted,[6] an evening program hosted by KDFC's (Classical 90.3 FM) radio personality and jazz connoisseur Ray White.[7] KTWV's (94.7 FM The WAVE) morning host Pat Prescott and Hollywood actor Keith David, who narrated the Ken Burns' PBS documentary Jazz, also serve as the station's announcers.[8][9]

The radio station receives no advertising or government funding and over the years has introduced some innovative features for non-commercial broadcasting such as a Listener Advisory Board in 2018[10] and giving its listeners the ability to instantly "silence" fund drive interruptions. The Jazz Groove used to broadcast free channels only, but in recent years switched to offering both free listening and premium services for those wanting the highest audio quality plus access to all the new channels. The station has also amassed a music library of over 10,000 hand-selected jazz recordings.[11]

Format[edit]

The station is on air 24/7 and plays a collection of jazz music spanning eight decades that includes the works of timeless legends such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, George Gershwin, and Nat King Cole as well as many of today's stars like Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Kurt Elling, and Joshua Redman.

The standard audio stream quality available to all listeners is in 128K AAC. For paid subscribers, its also available in both 256K AAC and the best-in-class audio fidelity FLAC.[12]

Programming[edit]

  • Jazz Tonight with Ray White (airs on weeknights from 7 p.m. to Midnight ET/PT)
  • Freedom – The Jazz Groove Special hosted by Sheryl Lee Ralph (aired on July 4, 2018 from 12–4 p.m. ET/PT)[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Pete Naughton of Britain's The Daily Telegraph put The Jazz Groove on his weekly list of best podcasts and internet radio stations in February 2013, saying "this smart jazz station from America plays everything from Oscar Peterson to Diana Krall. It has a simple, elegant site (unlike many online radio stations which are often low on information and badly designed) that makes it easy to both tune in and find out what’s been playing."[15]

As of May 2021, The Jazz Groove has been favorited over 110,000 times on TuneIn.[16]

See also[edit]


Other articles of the topic Jazz : Linda Cable, Vail Jazz Foundation, Underneath a Harlem Moon, Aut Records, Europajazz Festival

Other articles of the topic Radio : Mike Adam, Planète Rap, Paris One, Energy Stuttgart, Radioactive FM 96, Wolfgang Martin Schede, Tunetracker Radio Automation
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  • List of jazz institutions and organizations
  • List of jazz radio stations in the United States
  • List of Internet radio stations
  • Real Jazz
  • Watercolors (Sirius XM)

References[edit]

  1. "The Jazz Groove – About". Facebook. Archived from the original on June 23, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "About". Creek.fm. The Jazz Groove. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Foundation to Advance Jazz". Charity Navigator. December 2018. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Foundation to Advance Jazz". Creek.fm. The Jazz Groove. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Foundation to Advance Jazz". Open990.org. Applied Nonprofit Research, LLC. 10 November 2020. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Our New Evening Show: Jazz Tonight hosted by Ray White". JazzGroove.org. The Jazz Groove. 30 September 2016. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Ray White is the perfect host for NOTES". NotesWithRay.com. A Good Show TV, Turntable 3. 2018. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Pat Prescott TJG Sample". SoundCloud. 4 June 2020. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Keith David TJG Sample". SoundCloud. 30 August 2017. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Listener Advisory Board". Creek.fm. The Jazz Groove. 21 January 2018. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "JazzGroove.org and Sonos". Sonos.com. Sonos Inc. Archived from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. McGowan, Paul (12 August 2019). "Converts". PSAudio.com. PS Audio Inc. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Tony Award Nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph to Host July 4th Radio Special: Freedom – the Jazz Groove Special". Newswire. 2 July 2018. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "FREEDOM! The Jazz Groove Special (Advance audio sample for journalists)". SoundCloud. 3 July 2018. Archived from the original on 15 December 2020. Retrieved 28 November 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Naughton, Pete (9 February 2013). "Podcast and internet radio previews: The Secret Policeman's Ball, Point of Inquiry, Radio Three Sixty and The Jazz Groove". Telegraph.co.uk. The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  16. "The Jazz Groove". TuneIn.com. TuneIn, Inc. Archived from the original on May 19, 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

Radio station
Foundation


Coordinates: 37°46′32″N 122°29′57″W / 37.77556°N 122.49917°W / 37.77556; -122.49917

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