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:


So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact that the bass player could not play his instrument.

-- Miroslav Vitous (Czechoslovakian Musician)

I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player. People think I think I'm good. I think I'm a very poor piano player.

-- Ray Manzarek (American Musician)

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.

-- Robert Quine (American Musician)

I think I was supposed to play jazz.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you're playing rock, you use a pick. There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than that's just the way it has been.

-- Kevin Eubanks (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)

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 was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio - much to my parent's disapproval.

-- Jeff Beck (British Musician)

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album. That makes no sense.

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

It's something that - jazz is one of the few things that you can go and listen to, I don't care where you're from, what you are, what background you come from - there's something there for you.

-- Billy Higgins (American Musician)

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again, some jazz.

-- Alan Vega (American Musician)

I have to plead basic ignorance of most new jazz artists here.

-- Gary Lucas ( -)

Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.

-- Ken Burns (American Director)

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.

-- Colin Greenwood (British 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 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)

We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?

-- Ken Burns (American Director)

One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?

-- Bix Beiderbecke (American Musician)

Jazz to me is a living music. It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.

-- Dexter Gordon (American Musician)

Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.

-- Frank Gehry (American Architect)

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life.

-- Amy Tan (American Novelist)

I want them to come away with discovering the music inside them. And not thinking about themselves as jazz musicians, but thinking about themselves as good human beings, striving to be a great person and maybe they'll become a great musician.

-- Charlie Haden (American Musician)

My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they're tremendously exciting players.

-- Chico Hamilton (American Musician)

There's a certain phraseology involved in jazz, and I've moved away from that.

-- Jan Garbarek (Norwegian Musician)

I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful!

-- Tom Verlaine ( Musician)

When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

I've been informed by both sides, jazz, western music, Asian music, African music, all sides, because I've been interested in the sound of the universe, and that sound is without limit.

-- Joseph Jarman (American Musician)

I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.

-- Gary Cherone (American Musician)

Most of the stuff I learned to play, I learned in high school. I had a band in high school, a jazz-fusion thing, and I was the keyboard player. I was interested in how the instruments worked and the theory behind playing with them.

-- Brian McKnight (American Musician)

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.

-- Thelonious Monk (American Musician)

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid.

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

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

-- John Eaton (American Politician)

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)

The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.

-- Pat Metheny (American Musician)


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