Jazz88 Celebrates the Greatest Releases of 2023

2023 has been a banner year for new jazz music. After the jolt of seeing Samara Joy’s historical Grammy wins early in the year for both Best New Artist and Best Vocal Jazz Album it seems like the world has been paying more attention to the world class 2023 releases from the jazz world. Jazz88 is proud to play and support so many of these great artists. Take a look at our 25 Top Songs of the Year and listen below to hear 12 of those songs highlighted in this year’s installment of the best of 2023.

(Songs are listed alphabetically by artist)

Jake Baldwin – To No One’s Surprise
Lakecia Benjamin – Mercy feat. Dianne Reeves
Brian Blade Fellowship – Look to the Hills
Billy Childs – The Great Western Loop
The BZ3 Organ Trio – Too High feat. Julius Collins
Theo Croker – Theo Says feat. Ego Ella May
Dinner Party – Love Love feat. Arin Ray
Kurt Elling + Charlie Hunter (Superblue) – Freeman Square
GoGo Penguin – We May Not Stay
Fred Hersch and esperanza spalding – Little Suede Shoes
Rickie Lee Jones – Just In Time
Samara Joy – Tight
The Krasno/Moore Project – Stay High feat. Cory Henry
Julian Lage – Everything Helps feat. Bill Frisell
Christian McBride’s New Jawn – Dolphy Dust
McNasty Brass Band – Duluth
Meshell Ndegeocello – Gatsby
Kassa Overall – The Water is Calm feat. Theo Croker
John Pizzarelli – Coffee in a Cardboard Cup
Rachael and Vilray – Is A Good Man Real?
Cecile McLorin Salvant – Il M’a Vue Nue
Cody Steinmann – Because I Think She’s Beautiful
Sami Stevens – Morning
Immanuel Wilkins – Don’t Break
Brandee Younger – Brand New Life feat. Mumu Fresh

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This episode aired on Jazz88 12/9/23



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