What is jazz?

  • (noun): A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands.
    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 ... When voiced with a ♮13, jazz musicians typically play the half-step/whole-step diminished scale over the ♭9 chord (e.g ...
James "Bubber" Miley - Early Life (1903–1923)
... In 1920, after having served 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 ... Southern States with a show titled The Sunny South, and then joined Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds, replacing trumpeter Johnny Dunn ... touring in Chicago, he heard King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band playing and was captivated by Oliver's use of mutes ...
Wardell Gray - Further Reading
... West Coast Jazz Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960 ... Before Motown A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-60 ...
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 ... art music the vibraphone, an instrument that was previously solely associated with jazz ...
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 ...

More definitions of "jazz":

  • (noun): A genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles.
  • (verb): Play something in the style of jazz.
  • (noun): Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.
    Example: "Don't give me any of that jazz"
    Synonyms: wind, idle words, nothingness

Famous quotes containing the word jazz:

    It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
    Isadora Duncan (1878–1927)

    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 basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former the music is always greater than its performance—Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, for instance, is always greater than its performance—whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being performed.
    André Previn (b. 1929)