What is jazz?

  • (verb): Play something in the style of jazz.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Jazz

Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in black communities in the Southern United States. It was born out of a mix of African and European music traditions. Its African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note. From its early development until the present day, jazz has also incorporated elements from American popular music.

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Some articles on jazz:

Altered Chord - Jazz
... In jazz and jazz harmony, the term altered chord, notated as an alt chord (e.g ... More generally in jazz, the terms altered chord and altered tone also refer to the family of chords that involve ♭9 and ♭5 voicing, as well as to certain other chords with related ambiguous harmony ... When voiced with a ♮13, jazz musicians typically play the half-step/whole-step diminished scale over the ♭9 chord (e.g ...
Lulu (opera) - Instrumentation
... The onstage jazz band in I iii (which can be drawn from the pit players) consists of 3 clarinets in Bb bass clarinet in Bb alto saxophone in Eb tenor saxophone in Bb ... was previously solely associated with jazz ...
Wardell Gray - Further Reading
... West Coast Jazz Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960 ... Before Motown A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-60 ...
Jazz - 1980s–2010s - M-Base
... In a long research process he developed a philosophical and spiritual concept connecting with certain cultural efforts that express fundamental aspects of nature and human existence in a holistic way ... Steve Coleman found these efforts all over the world and they reach far back into ancient times ...
James "Bubber" Miley - Early Life (1903–1923)
... in the Navy for eighteen months, he joined a jazz formation named the Carolina Five, and remained a member for the next three years, playing small clubs and boat rides all around New ... The Sunny South, and then joined Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds, replacing trumpeter Johnny Dunn ... While touring in Chicago, he heard King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band playing and was captivated by Oliver's use of mutes ...

More definitions of "jazz":

  • (noun): A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands.
  • (noun): Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.
    Example: "Don't give me any of that jazz"
    Synonyms: wind, idle words, nothingness
  • (noun): A genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles.

Famous quotes containing the word jazz:

    There’s more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that’s because the audience doesn’t really know what’s happening.
    Pat Metheny (b. 1954)

    The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

    He could jazz up the map-reading class by having a full-size color photograph of Betty Grable in a bathing suit, with a co- ordinate grid system laid over it. The instructor could point to different parts of her and say, “Give me the co-ordinates.”... The Major could see every unit in the Army using his idea.... Hot dog!
    Norman Mailer (b. 1923)