Onttype17. What is Smooth Jazz?
Origins of smooth jazz
Chris Washburne states unequivocally that smooth jazz evolved out of the late 1980's jazz-rock and fusion styles of jazz in his article, "Does Kenny G. Play Bad Jazz?".
“One group of musicians . . . play a style of jazz that first emerged in the late 1980s, which is derived from earlier jazz rock and fusion styles. It is known as "smooth jazz," "contemporary jazz," or more pejoratively, "jazzlite," "Happy jazz," "hot tub jazz," or "fuzak."  (bold not in original)
- "Does Kenny G play Bad Jazz?: A Case Study," Christopher J. Washburne, Bad Music: The Music We Love To Hate, Christopher J. Washburne and Maiken Dernod (eds.), New York: Routledge, 2004, Chapter 6, p. 125.