|Single by Carole King|
|from the album Wrap Around Joy|
|B-side||"You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine"|
|Released||August 22, 1974|
|Songwriter(s)||Carole King, David Palmer|
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.
Shortly after arriving on the Billboard Hot 100, the single rose to the #2 spot for a week in mid-November 1974 (stuck behind "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive). The song also reached No. 4 in the Billboard easy listening chart. The B-side of the "Jazzman" single was "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine".
Billboard described "Jazzman" as one of King's most commercial songs, and praised the saxophone playing and backup vocals. Cash Box said that "the artist's unique vocal is powerfully backed by strong horns and a great pop arrangement."
"Jazzman" is also prominently featured in The Simpsons episode "'Round Springfield", sung by Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; it is presented as a duet between Lisa and recurring character Bleeding Gums Murphy, who plays the saxophone.