From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the French magazine, see Jazzman (magazine).
Single by Carole King
from the album Wrap Around Joy
B-side You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine
Released August 22, 1974
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded A&M Studios,
Hollywood, California; 1974
Genre Pop/Jazz
Length 3:44
Label Ode
Writer(s) Carole King, David Palmer
Producer(s) Lou Adler

"Jazzman" is a 1974 song performed by Carole King, from her album Wrap Around Joy. King provided the sheet music for the song, while David Palmer (formerly of Steely Dan) wrote the lyrics.

The song is best known for its lengthy saxophone solos, performed by Tom Scott, while King sings an ode to "the Jazzman" and the effect he has on her. Curtis Amy, saxophonist, composer, and former musical director for the Ray Charles band, was the "jazz man" of the song.[citation needed]

The single quickly rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1974.[1] The song also reached No. 4 on the Billboard easy listening chart.[2] The B-side of the "Jazzman" single was "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine."

The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975 in the category Best Female Pop Vocal performance, losing out to Olivia Newton-John's song "I Honestly Love You".[2]

A version of the song was prominently featured in the Simpsons episode "'Round Springfield", in which Lisa Simpson sings the vocals while her friend Bleeding Gums Murphy plays the saxophone.

Different song[edit]

Bonnie Koloc also recorded a song called "Jazzman" on her album After All This Time in 1971. Composed by Ed Holstein, a Chicago-based folk musician, this song was also recorded by Pure Prairie League, Steve Goodman, Tom Rush, Martin Simpson, and Bette Midler.


Charts (1974) Position
Hot 100 2
AC 4
Cash Box Top Singles 1


  1. ^ It's never too late baby by Ken Barnes, USA Today 24 April 2004. Accessed online 20 October 2006
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)

External links[edit]