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An Attempt to Explain

A subgenre of Jazz, characterized by a strong back beat (groove), electrified sounds and an early prevalence of analog synthesizers.

The integration of Funk, Soul, and R 'n' B music and styles into Jazz resulted in the creation of a genre whose spectrum is quite wide and ranges from strong Jazz improvisation to Soul, Funk or Disco with Jazz arrangements, Jazz riffs, and Jazz solos, and sometimes Soul vocals.

Jazz-Funk is primarily an American genre, where it was popular throughout the 1970s and the early 1980s, but it also achieved noted appeal on the club-circuit in England during the mid-1970s. Similar genres include Soul, Jazz and Jazz Fusion, but neither entirely overlap with Jazz-Funk. Notably Jazz-Funk is less vocal, more arranged and featured more improvisation than Soul Jazz, and retains a strong feel of groove and R 'n' B versus some of the Jazz Fusion production.

Some Artists


The Average White Band


Billy Cobham

The Brecker Brothers

Camera Soul

Charles Earland

Courtney Pine

Donald Byrd


Eddie Henderson

Freddie Hubbard

Funky Knuckles


George Benson

George Duke


The Headhunters



Jaco Pastorius

Jimmy Smith

John Scofield

Lonnie Liston Smith

Marcus Miller

The Mizell Brothers



Ronnie Laws

Roy Ayers

Stanley Clarke

Tom Scott & the L.A. Express