We have had our usual jazz discussions in what is our "traditional" jazz area, from about 2002 onward. (We did have an earlier forum system from 1997 to 2002, but those messages are archived with no real good way to retrieve them.) Ages ago, even dating back to our Compuserve days, we discussed a wider array of jazz, based on what our members were listening to at the time. Our fearless leader Les Line and I were sysops over there, and we used this site as an offshoot to what the Music/Arts forum was doing in their own limited fashion. (Part of their downfall was trying to ignore the Internet...and it made them obsolete.) This section will be a new home to other styles of jazz that have been popular. Contemporary jazz covers a lot of ground, and can include many varieties. "Beyond?" Well, that can cover a lot also, including some forms of music that feature improvisation and some elements of the jazz tradition, or even include some jazz musicians or vocalists in a mix of styles that a person really can't put a finger on. World music is also included--there is a lot of good Latin American and Afro-Cuban jazz, and styles from other countries which also incorporate jazz and their own local styles. And don't overlook Brazil! Jazz and blues are also very close cousins, as are jazz and funk. As for that arguable sore spot called Smooth Jazz? As a site operator I never want to discourage any topic, but there likely will not be too many visitors to this site who would reply to topics of that nature. (In my opinion, it is more of a marketing term for what is actually contemporary easy listening music, replacing the string-laden easy listening our parents once listened to.) As always, we encourage everyone to contribute and join in, and please, respect the tastes of your fellow members! As more visitors join up as members, we will likely see a growing number of participants with many varied tastes in music. I would rather have others guide a person to some incredibly good music, than put down their tastes and question their judgment.