Definitions for: Jazz


[n] a style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands
[n] a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
[n] empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz"
[v] have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve" (know is archaic); "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
[v] play something in the style of jazz



Synonyms: bang, be intimate, bed, bonk, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, idle words, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, nothingness, screw, sleep with, wind

See Also: ballroom music, bebop, boogie, boogie-woogie, bop, cool jazz, copulate, couple, dance music, danceroom music, fornicate, have, hot jazz, jive, mate, modern jazz, neo jazz, new jazz, pair, play, popular music, popular music genre, scat, scat singing, spiel, swing, swing music, take, talk, talking, trad

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Famous Quotes Containing Jazz:


Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.

-- Paul Desmond (American Musician)

You know, it's funny... when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz. Now when you're not making money, people think that you're a good jazz musician.

-- Pete Fountain (American Musician)

I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now - the New Orleans stuff - a lot more than I did before.

-- John Goodman (American Actor)

Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.

-- Ahmad Jamal (American Musician)

The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

In a way, the history of jazz's development is a small mirror of classical music's development through the centuries. Now jazz is a living form of original music, while classical music has gotten to the end of its cycle in terms of exploring its form.

-- Mike Figgis (English Director)

So our ears got used to listening to jazz in the place that it was that the bass player could not play. No one really realized it and really addressed it until the bass players who could play their instrument came along and started doing something with it.

-- Miroslav Vitous (Czechoslovakian Musician)

I enjoy playing clubs. I still enjoy the closeness of the nightclub venue. However, after a certain period of time and after playing around some of the clubs in New YorkI felt that jazz should be presented in a more prestigious atmosphere.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.

-- Dave Van Ronk (American Musician)

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.

-- Jimmy Chamberlin (American Musician)

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it's this new arts channel, it's really great.

-- Amy Sedaris (American Actress)

There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.

-- Robert Wyatt (English Musician)

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds.

-- Pat Metheny (American Musician)

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.

-- Mahalia Jackson (American Musician)

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.

-- Cy Coleman (American Composer)

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.

-- Billy Joel (American Musician)

We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands.

-- Michael Giles (English Musician)

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show?

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz, and I thought I could make some money playing music.

-- Robby Krieger (American Musician)

Well, I guess my unease with that is... I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase - smooth jazz, as opposed to what?

-- David Sanborn (American Musician)

Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades, I think speaking of the United States, let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk - that is confrontational. That's just a part of the language of jazz - at a certain point.

-- Matthew Shipp (American Musician)

He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer.

-- Benny Green (British Musician)

You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.

-- Oscar Peterson (Canadian Musician)

To me, Bill's musical heart is in Earthworks, in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit.

-- Robert Fripp (English Musician)

You're just sort of searching for this "thing" and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.

-- John Abercrombie (American Musician)

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

-- Chuck Mangione (American Musician)

I'm not a big jazz fan.

-- Warren Zevon (American Musician)

Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.

-- John Philip Sousa (American Musician)

Jazz is about being in the moment.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

When I and the other young artists were working in comics, our work carried with it a particularly American slant. After all, we were Americans drawing and writing about things that touched us. As it turned out, the early work was, you might say, a comic book version of Jazz.

-- Joe Simon ( -)

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz.

-- Jon Secada (Cuban Musician)

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz.

-- John Eaton (American Politician)


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