Bop City - Internet Radio's
Jazz Center of the World

Imagine that you are back in the era when jazz was expanding beyond its perceived boundaries - when jazz was an American phenomenon.

Imagine that there is a radio station spinning records on the cutting edge of jazz, giving a nod to the origins of jazz and even sneaking in some blues now and then. Bop City is that radio station.


Why Bop City?


We love classic jazz and we enjoy sharing it with other jazz lovers.

With more and more radio stations dropping classic jazz from their formats, we decided to do something about it by creating Bop City, Vintage Jazz Internet Radio.
We present a selection of album oriented jazz that is not easily found and rarely heard on the radio.

Within our playlist, we include entire albums of artists rather than only select cuts. We feel that this gives the listener a better variety of an artists' body of work and results in a playlist with a vibe that ebbs and flows from within. This concept allows our listeners to delve deeper into the world of jazz.

Bop City is Live365's best alternative for classic jazz!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tubby Hayes with Clark Terry

We added a very nice album today, The New York Sessions by Tubby Hayes and Clark Terry.  Widely regarded as on of Britain's finest jazz artists, Hayes teams with Terry for 10 extra fine cuts recorded in New York City in October, 1961.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

We've just added a couple of excellent LPs to our playlist - Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh!  These LPs meld cool and bop in a way that is original and straight forward.





Thursday, December 05, 2013

For the month of November, 2013, Bop City set new records for listenership - 74 different countries and 95 different metropolitan areas in the United States listened to our broadcast of Classic Jazz!

Chicago is our number one metro area with listenership 4.5 times the number of hours over second place.  Big and huge thanks to The Windy City!

We have a new stack of cuts that are being uploaded to the broadcast.  We pride ourselves on having the best variety of Classic Jazz on the internet.

Thanks for listening to Bop City!

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've just added a bunch of excellent cuts from the Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Added Nils Lindberg Cuts

Today we've added cuts from Nils Lindberg that comprise the Swedish Modern Jazz Group's LP, Sax Appeal and Lindeberg's own, Trisection.

For more information on this excellent artist check out his website and JazzWax.com.



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Happiest of Holidays to you, your family and friends.

We are in the process of making some nice playlist additions!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

"New" Wes Montgomery Music

We've added the entire LP, Echoes of Indiana, by Wes Montgomery, released by Resonance Records to our playlist.

Bop City was pleased to attend the record release party at The Jazz Kitchen.  It was quite a party that was hosted by Chuck Workman.  We had the opportunity to meet Robert Montgomery, Wes' son, who shared several stories about Wes and his music.

Yes, Indianapolis jazz scene came alive for this event!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday To Us!

We just realized that this is our fifth year of broadcasting!!!

Another Year!

Bop City has renewed our licensing with Sound Exchange so we will be playing Classic Jazz across the entire world for yet another year!  Please spread the word; we love to get new listeners.

In the last thirty days we have broadcast to sixty-nine countries.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Playlist Add

It has been a long time since we've posted.  We continue to add to our playlist.  I thought that I would point out this really cool album that we uploaded today "By Jack Montrose with Bob Gordon.  This is an excellent session on Atlantic from 1955.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ornette Coleman and Columbia University

I did not see any press on this - Yesterday the inimitable Ornette Coleman received an Honorary Doctor of Music from the esteemed Columbia University in the City of New York. In honor of that achievement we are putting Coleman's At The Golden Circle Volumes One and Two onto our playlist.

From Columbia University:

Ornette Coleman, Doctor of Music 

A revolutionary jazz artist, Coleman taught himself how to play the saxophone and read music at the age of 14. His 50-year career has been a celebration of a ground-breaking marriage of harmony, rhythm and melody, and he has paved the way for generations of artists who long to break the bonds of conformity and the status quo. From acoustic works and string quartets to full orchestras and ballets, his influence has stretched across multiple genres and schooled countless musicians in the art of “free jazz.” His unique work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, and he is the recipient of the Miles Davis Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Playlist Variety

We have made a decision on our playlist and its bitrate.  We have been encouraged to convert to 128kbps so that we could be listed on iTunes radio.  This would cause us to trim back our current playlist as our files would take up twice as much room and we would then exceed our allowed storage space.

Our jazz library still has quite of bit of music to be uploaded into the station's storage.  Currently you can listen to Bop City for almost eleven days straight 24/7 and never hear the same track, and this is only going to get better.

We have listened to many jazz internet radio stations at various bitrates and we believe our station sounds as good as any.  And, we believe that this is born out buy the fact that, since Bop City's inception over four years ago, we have an average listening time of over an hour per person, which is pretty incredible with all of the "curiosity hits" we get every day.  We figure the true average listening time is well over double that number.

At this point, we feel that it is better to provide our core audience of jazz lovers with an extensive album oriented diversified playlist at our current bitrate rather than limit the listening experience that Bop City provides in pursuit of inflated listening hours via iTunes radio.

Please tell your friends about Bop City and its incredible playlist.  We always love getting new listeners.  You can support Bop City by becoming a VIP member (the link is here on the blog) that will enable you to listen to our classic jazz uninterrupted by commercials or station breaks.  This helps defray our broadcasting fees.  Yes, we do this for the love of it out of our pockets; this is not a commercial venture.

Peace.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Playlist Adds

We've just added LPs by Thad Jones, Donald Byrd, J.J. Johonson, Kai Winding and Bennie Green.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Changes!

We continue to update our broadcast with more great classic jazz.

A new change - now on the VIP broadcast (commercial free stream via paid subscription) listeners are greeted with a welcoming promo and then the jazz plays uninterrupted, without any promos, until you decide to stop listening.

The free stream continues as it always has - with a promo directly after a commercial break to ease you back into the music.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Conversion to Professional

The conversion is going smoothly, so far. We currently have nearly 2,500 cuts in our playlist, with more to come!

Thanks for listening to Bop City.