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Tangents: Confessions of a (Former) Smooth-Jazz DJ

The one-sided battle in the war against smooth jazz still rages. The mainstream jazzerati continue to fume, foam, fulminate and fuss about how some people think that music has something to do with jazz.

But how many hardcore jazz lovers have actually spent any time in the smooth-jazz milieu, listening to the music extensively and getting to know the smooth-jazz artists and audience? Not many would be my guess. But I’ve done my smooth-jazz homework. You see, after many years of hard labor in the world of mainstream-jazz radio, I decided to cross over and take a walk on the mild side.

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