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!

Monday, December 24, 2007

We had a great time hosting The Sound Cellar's live Christmas broadcast. Thanks to everybody that listened and enjoyed the show.

Happy Holidays from The Sound Cellar and Bop City.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Happy Holidays

We've added a little Holiday Cheer to the broadcast with the addition of selections from Yule Struttin,' A Blue Note Christmas that features cuts from Chet Baker, Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, Benny Green and other contemporary artists.

Enjoy the Jazz!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

As We Near Our One Year Anniversary

Bop City sends, to all of our valued listeners and their friends and families, our warmest greetings during this holiday season. And, we wish you and yours a healthy and Happy New Year!

Our first live broadcast two weeks ago was a big success. We had the biggest listening audience of the month. Listeners from over twenty countries and fifteen states checked out the jazz. Thanks to everybody for listening.

We would love to go live for the majority of our broadcast which would provide a much better variety of music on a day to day basis from our extensive collection. It would also would allow us to do special programming. To accomplish this we need a computer solely dedicated to streaming our broadcast, which is not in the immediate financial future of Bop City.

Bop City is getting near its first anniversary of broadcasting. We've had listeners from all across the United States and all over the world. Just over the last thirty days we've had listeners from 52 countries. The breadth of the outreach of our classic jazz broadcast has exceeded our expectations.

Thanks to everyone who made donations to Bop City this past year. We greatly appreciate the help in defraying the costs of broadcasting. Donations can be made via Paypal links here on our webpage. And, if you are planning to treat someone with a gift of jazz, our webstore, in association with Amazon, has an excellent selection of CDs, books and videos. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the store.

We would appreciate hearing from you if you enjoy our broadcast. You can contact us via email at to let us know your thoughts.

Playlist Update

!Happy Holidays!

We've just updated our broadcast with some great cuts from the following aritsts:

Paul Chambers, Top Brass, The Quartet, Thelonious Monk, Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones, Jazzical Moods, Jackie McLean, Hampton Hawes, Dizzy Gillespie, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Ben Webster and Horace Silver.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Broadcast Updated

The broadcast had a big update yesterday with some nice rarities.

Thanks to everybody all over the world that listens to Bop City.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Playlist Update

We've updated our playlist with a bunch of new cuts. Check out the Breaking News crawler for the artists included.

We still are in limbo regarding the future of internet radio. We'll post information when we learn something solid.

Here's the top 15 countries that have listened to Bop City over the last 30 days:

United States
United Kingdom

And, here's the top ten metro areas that have listened to Bop City over the last 30 days:

New York
Los Angeles
Washington DC
Seattle - Tacoma
Paducah - Cape Girardeau - Harrisburg - Mt Vernon

Thanks for listening to Bop City.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

What's New?

There has been an ebb and flow of events surrounding the plight of internet radio over the last few months. We are still essentially at a standstill. I really don't feel like going into all of the details, but basically what is happening is that the negotiations with Sound Exchange are pretty much of a joke. They put small webcasters out of business in about three years and the only way the big boys get a break is if they only play those artists represented by Sound Exchange. The Internet Radio Equality Act will be the only saving grace, and right now it appears to be doomed and headed into the black hole of United States Congress inaction.

The bottom line is that the freedom and opportunity that was supposed to be the future of the internet is coming to an end as the corporate world is throwing its political influence, money and lawyers around. If Net Neutrality is not supported and upheld, it's all over. Big business will have won and effectively neutered the internet for their profit.

Almost for certain, if by some miracle, internet radio survives this fiasco, broadcast costs will increase dramatically. So Bop City has been in a holding pattern until we know something solid and which direction we will be going. Even so, we've added some great new music this week - Miles Davis and also Thelonious Monk live at the Monterey Jazz Festival from Concord Music Group and some fab Joe Henderson cuts.

Order the new live Miles and Monk and Joe Henderson CDs below and support Bop City!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Internet Radio - Still Alive

Today, July 15, 2007 was supposed to be the day internet radio died. Thanks to actions from listeners from around the world and a hard line by Live365, we're still streaming classic jazz to the world.

Live365 has decided that they are not going to pull the plug today. By standing firm, they were going to force Sound Exchange's (SX) hand to use the legal system to shut them down. Sound Exchange and their associated culprits realized that they could not withstand the public outcry if they took legal action against live365 and backed off.

Congress has stepped in with a temporary bill delaying the new performance royalty rates for sixty days so that negotiations can continue between SX and webcasters. Essentially, all parties were called onto the carpet by Congress and a round-table discussion was held in Washington D.C. with various members of Congress and several webcasters. This was a very good thing as SX had been very busy with a strategy of propaganda consisting of half-truths being relayed to Congress and the public. When the details of any proposal that SX had made were uncovered, it was discovered that their "deals" were completely disingenuous and unworkable. One of their offers even required webcasters to give up their rights to pursue existing and future legislation with regard to royalty rates - nothing like dealing with a little extortion while "negotiating."

Distilled, all of this mess comes down to nothing more than a huge effort to not allow control of the distribution of music on the internet by a small contingent of corporations that are only interested in their bottom line. This is a struggle of music lovers versus bean counters and lawyers. This has become more than just about "internet radio."

The folks that stand to lose the most if internet radio goes away are the artists. If the major labels take over internet radio, artists will no longer see performance royalty checks as the labels will direct license their music to label associated stations (see what is happening at And, they will lose one of the their only outlets for playing their music for the public's discovery. Independent artists and artists with small audiences will lose big time.

Realizing that satellite radio pays performance royalties as a percentage of revenue and over-the-air radio pays no performance royalties, there are still inequities to be worked out within the scope of the Internet Radio Equality Act (IREA). This fact cannot be ignored.

In summary, it looks like SX's propaganda campaign strategy didn't work. So we're continuing full speed ahead. We're updating the broadcast with more great classic jazz. We've just added the entire LP, Soul Junction by the Red Garland Quintet, featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd. What beautiful LP. We just recorded some cuts from Freddie Hubbard's impulse LP, The Body And The Soul. Lurking in our record stack are LPs from The Modern Jazz Quartet (Prestige), Jay Jay Johnson (Blue Note), Gene Krupa (Clef), Jimmy Heath Quintet (Riverside), Jam Session (Verve), Montgomery Brothers (Pacific Jazz), Johnny Hodges (impulse) and Jack McDuff (Prestige) and more.

Thanks for listening to Bop City!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Bop City In The News

Erika D. Smith wrote an excellent article on the plight of internet radio in the Indianapolis Sunday Star. I was interviewed for the article and Erika included a couple of quotes from our discussion.*

The demise of internet radio at the hands of the RIAA and the major labels may well be at hand. If this does happen they will have succeeded in making millions of their customers incredibly upset and the world will have lost an exceptional cultural asset. The music business, what's left of it, will have changed forever in ways that will not be apparent for some period of time. The artists, that have mostly remained silent throughout this fiasco, are the biggest losers. They will have lost an incredibly valuable promotional and distribution outlet.

It may seem like I'm being overly dramatic about all of this, but I really do believe that once the major labels control music distribution on the internet all will be lost. These folks are lawyers and bean counters. They aren't music people. They don't care about how music can enrich lives, how artists can inspire, how music can be an escape from every day drudgery, how music can lift our spirits in times of trouble... all they care about is moving units and maximizing profits. A perfect example of how badly all of this is going, and has gone, is what Mr. Bronfman Jr. has done to the once great Warners Music.

Internet radio is run by music lovers that want to share that love with the rest of the world. In this day and age, this just cannot be allowed.

Que sera sera.

Here's hoping for nothing short of a miracle before July 15, 2007 - the day the music dies.

*Go to our jazz archive to check out all of the countries and citys in the United States. There are some countries that listen to Bop City that we didn't know existed. Maybe we should brush up on our world geography! ;P

A side note to Erika's article...

Something to keep in mind regarding these supposed negotiations between webcasters and SX as requested by Congress...

From RAIN:

One important point to keep in mind, as webcasters are discussing today, that a direct settlement between SoundExchange and webcasters -- what the Small Business Committee (and most of Congress, I'd assume) says it wants -- would only cover the minority of recording artsits for whom SoundExchange is authorized to negotiate. This is not the intended result of a "one-license-to-cover-it-all" statutory rate.

Therefore, Sound Exchange is not able to negotiate blanket royalty rates. So the negotiations that Congress requested Webcasters and Sound Exchange engage in are essentially worthless, unless a webcaster only wants to play the music that Sound Exchange will allow them to play. (Sounds like socialism has come to internet radio - this is what you have to play and this is what you have to pay us to play what we tell you you can play.) This is what it's come to...

Monday, June 25, 2007

Day of Silence - June 26, 2007

Well, time is running out. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. To call attention to our plight, tomorrow, June 26, 2007, will be a day of silence for internet radio.

The Copyright Royalty Board in conjunction with Sound Exchange, the RIAA and the major music labels have all but colluded to put internet radio out of business by setting completely stupid royalty rates that result in more money due to Sound Exchange than most internet radio businesses gross. They are content to ruin businesses and livelihoods and, not to mention, put many, many folks out of a job for their own self serving greed. If the culprits have their way independent artists, artists with smaller audiences and many genres, like classic jazz, will lose a valuable outlet for their music. Internet radio currently pays royalties to artists and their record labels. Over the air radio does not and satellite radio pays a much smaller rate that does internet radio. So artists not only stand to lose airplay but income.

Internet radio will become an outlet for the latest thing from the major music labels. They won't pay the artists any royalties for the airplay, they'll just try to sell music product that will line their pockets. Ask any major label artist how much money their record company pays them for music sales. Roger McGuinn once told me he has never made a penny from sales of his Columbia label recordings with The Byrds... think about that!

On July 15, 2007 internet radio may very well cease to exist. There is legislation in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that would enable internet radio to continue to bring the world an assortment of music genres that is unparalleled. A hearing is scheduled in the House but time is running out. The bills have been languishing for over two months. The only way the legislation is going to get legs is for the listening audience to rise up and be heard. If you do not want the major labels controlling the internet's music content please contact the House and Senate and tell them to get the Internet Radio Equality Act onto the President's desk for signature.

Please visit Live365 and for information how you can help.

N. Mark Lam, the CEO of Live365, has said that if the proposed royalty rates are allowed to go into effect that will be the end of Live365, an internet radio service of 10,000 stations. As Bop City is a proud part of the Live365 community, we too will cease to exist.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Internet Radio - Saved?

Washington, Apr 26 -

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect Internet music Web casters from unfair government regulations that threaten to put them out of business and end the access to music over the Internet for more than 70 million Americans.

The Internet Radio Equality Act would reverse a recent decision of the federal Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) to at least triple the amount of royalties Internet radio broadcasters pay to copyright holders for playing a song.

Read the entire story HERE.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Cuts

We've been incredibly busy adding cuts to the broadcast. Here are some of the artists that we've added in the last week: Doc Evans, George Wallington, Lee Morgan, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Brown, Kenny Burrell and John Coltrance, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Jazzical Moods, Johnny Hodges, Dick Morgan, Billy Taylor, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, Victor Feldman and Barry Harris.

We've only been broadcasting for two months but we already have listeners from over fifty countries and from nearly all of the states in the USA. Thanks for the fabulous response.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Colts - Superbowl Champs!

Wow! The Colts won the Superbowl! Bop City has been very busy updating the jazz on the broadcast. Here are some of the artists added over the last several days: Benny Goodman Sextet, Kansas City Six, Count Basie, Fats Navarro, The Four Brothers, Charlie Ventura, Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins Quartet, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin, The Miles Davis Quintet, Hampton Hawes Trio, John Coltrane and Don Cherry, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey, Yusef Lateef, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie and The Jazz Messengers... Yes, quite an update! Currently we are spinning Tenor Conclave and should have a couple of cuts from that LP up in an hour. Tell all of your friends and family about Bop City - we'd love to have them as listeners. Thanks to everybody all over the world for listening to Bop City!

Friday, January 26, 2007

New Cuts

Bop City has added fresh new cuts to the broadcast from Cripple Clarence Lofton, Jazzical Moods featuring Mingus, Louis Armstrong (with Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey and King Oliver), Monk, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Billie Holiday, The Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Ben Webster, Top Brass featuring 5 Trumpets, The Lionel Hampton, Art Tatum, Buddy Rich Trio and Roy Eldridge, in all of their vinyl LP glory - and there are many more cuts on the way.

Thanks to everybody across the world for listening to Bop City.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Listeners from all over the world and the USA

Check out Bop City's Archive (link is in the right margin) to see from where, all over the world and across the USA, jazz lovers are listening to Bop City's broadcast. We are not even 30 days into broadcasting and already we've gone well over 1000 listener hours. Thanks to everybody for listening.

We're recording some amazing cuts right now that will be added to the broadcast. Some examples: Jo Jones Special, the Quartet, Afro-Dizzy Gillespie, New Soil-Jackie McLean, Study in Brown-Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Hampton Hawes Trio, Jazzical Moods and some choice cuts taken from Louis Armstrong related 78's from the 1920's.

So stay tuned we're working on adding more great jazz to the broadcast everyday.

One more thing - Vist our MySpace page (link is in the right margin). We've gotten a lot of interesting friends including some fabulous painters and jazz artists. Their work is incredible. Be sure to check it out.


PS - Thanks DeWayne...