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Jazz in the '80s? Hear it on

AccuJazz Internet Radio continues its weekly roll-out of creatively programmed jazz channels today with the launch of "Decade: '80s," a streaming channel playing hundreds of songs from jazz albums recorded in the 1980s. The channel is completely free to use and available 24 hours a day.

While many consider the '50s and '60s to be the golden age of modern jazz, it is no mystery that musicians have continued creating worthwhile jazz into the 21st Century. The '80s was as interesting time for jazz. There was a very pronounced return to the older jazz styles of classic bebop and hard bop. A new generation of "young lions" led by the Marsalis brothers (Branford and Wynton) demanded a great deal of attention for their straight ahead sound and slick suit-and-tie wardrobes.

This wasn't the whole story in the '80s, however. The innovations of the '60s and '70s, such as avant-garde jazz and fusion, continued to flower throughout the '80s. Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian and the World Saxophone Quartet were among the jazz veterans looking forward and creating new sounds in the avant-garde, while fusion groups like Weather Report, the Yellowjackets and the Pat Metheny Group innovated in the relatively young fusion style.

"Decade: '80s" is the 6th channel in AccuJazz's "Jazz by Decade" category, joining a channel devoted to Pre-1940 jazz and a channel for every decade from the '50s through the '70s. It brings the total AccuJazz channel tally to 43, including such popular channels as "Piano Jazz," "Decade: 50s," "Straight Ahead," and "Jazz Fusion." As with all AccuJazz channels, listeners can customize their experience by pausing, skipping songs, and "deselecting" artists they would rather not hear.

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