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!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trudy Pitts (1932-2010)

Here's an excellent post from JazzWax about Trudy and her music.

As an homage to Trudy Pitts we have added to our playlist her recording with Pat Martino, El Hombre.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Playlist Adds

Oh my, some great stuff here...

And we've thrown in a rarity from Billy Strayhorn and Workout from Hank Mobley for good measure.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Scheduler Malfunction

We just realized that there was a broadcast scheduler malfunction.  Our broadcast is back on its proper schedule and playlists.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

Playlist add - Verve album Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster.

From - The swing and bop start right here on this legendary 1959 session between baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and tenor man Ben Webster.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Excellent blog - check it out - JazzWax - Marc Myers blogs daily on jazz legends and legendary jazz recordings.

James Moody - Dies At 85

Update 12/12/2010 - JazzWax has an excellent post about James Moody.

Here is an article from the New York Times, and here is an article from NPR, about James Moody and his amazing artistry.

We have added two LPs to the playlist as an homage to James, James Moody And His Modernists and Art Blakey, James Moody, Max Roach - New Sounds.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Over 150!

Over 150 new cuts added to the playlist today!  And we've added rare LPs from Bennie Green, Lee Morgan and Clark Terry with Thelonious Monk.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Playlist Add - Lee Morgan

Playlist add - Introducing Lee Morgan with Hank Mobley's Quintet from 1956.

Side two includes a wonderful medley - Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, P.S. I Love You, Easy Living and That's All.

It was recorded on November 5 & 7 1956 and features performances by Morgan with Hank Mobley, Hank Jones, Doug Watkins and Art Taylor.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sonny Rollins Blue Note 1558

We've just added Blue Note's Sonny Rollins Vol. 2 to our playlist.  This LP features Jay Jay Johnson, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey.  One a personal note, Bop City loves this LP.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

#1 Rated Jazz Station on

For stations with over 1,500 listening hours per month, Bop City is the Number One rated jazz station on Live365.  Thanks for all of the positive votes!

We are updating out playlist with eighteen fantastic cuts from Elmo Hope's Blue Note and Pacific releases. These are fabulous recordings that feature Elmo Hope's extraordinary piano work along with notable sidemen such as Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Frank Foster, Freeman Lee, Art Blakey, Harold Land, Stu Williamson, Leroy Vinnegar and Frank Butler.

Thanks again and enjoy the Jazz!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Playlist Update

We've updated our playlist with choice LPs from Lou Donaldson, Lee Morgan, Horace Parlan and Bennie Green.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Playlist Update

Added albums by Sam Rivers, The Three Sounds, Grachan Moncur III and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Really Big Update

We've made a really big update to the playlist today - Albums from Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Donald Byrd, Brew Moore, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

JAM and updates

We are celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month.  Go to the links on the top right of the page for more information.

Also, we have been updating the playlist with some excellent albums by Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean and Hank Mobley.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Lou Donaldson

We have just added another classic Lou Donaldson Blue Note recording to our playlist. "Gravy Train" was recorded in 1961 by Rudy Van Gelder. Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is Lou Donaldson accompanied by Herman Foster, piano; Ben Tucker, bass; Donald Bailey, drums and Alec Dorsey, congas.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Top 400!

We've broken into the top 400 stations at Live365 - quite an accomplishment for a classic jazz station personally run by a music lover.

Thanks for listening to Bop City.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Jazz Profiles

We've added a link to the Jazz Profiles blog. This blog is an excellent resource and is full of information, articles, book & CD reviews, videos, photographs and graphics about leading Jazz artists. Check it out.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Cuts

Recently we've added new cuts from Miles Davis, Grant Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Tina Brooks.

Thanks for listening to Bop City, Live365's best alternative for Classic Jazz.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Break Through

As of today, Bop City has broken the top 500 station barrier at Live365. We are now in the top 8% of the 6,000 internet radio stations at Live 365.

Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Top Countries

As of January 19, 2010, for the last thirty days, these are the top countries that have listened to Bop City. Click on the list to enlarge.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Adds and a Comment

Recently we've added cuts from Curtis Fuller, Joe Henderson, Horace Parlan and Charles McPherson.

A quick word about our programming - we typically add entire albums of artists to our playlist 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.

Thanks for listening to Bop City.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Since the birth of Bop City we have amassed over 111,111 total hours of listening from jazz lovers all over the world. It is good to know that we have successfully spread the gospel of jazz to all corners of the globe.

We are still working on figuring a way to defer all or some of our broadcasting costs. The recession is hitting us pretty hard and every penny counts these days. We spend a little less than $500.00 per year on broadcast fees and more on acquiring additional music. So, we've got until the first of March to make any final decision.

We realize that these uncertain economic times are hard on most everyone's wallet and psyche. Any help toward deferring our broadcasting costs would be appreciated.

And, a big thanks to those that have helped us in the past. It means a lot.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

More Playlist Adds

We are continuing to add LPs to our expanded playlist.

Recent adds:

Andrew Hill, Point of Departure

The Horace Silver Quintet, Further Explorations By The Horace Silver Quintet

Herbie Hancock, My Point of View

Hank Mobley, Caddy for Daddy

Lou Donaldson, LD+3

Sonny Clark, Sonny's Crib

Walter Davis Jr., Davis Cup

Charles Mingus, Live at Antibes 1960

John Coltrane, Blue Train

Grachan Moncur III, Evolution

Jackie McLean, One Step Beyond

Thad Jones, Detroit-New York Junction

Larry Young, Unity

Leo Parker, Rollin' With Leo

Baby Face Willette, Stop and Listen