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:


That's the thing about jazz: it's free flowing, it comes from your soul.

-- Billy Crystal (American Comedian)

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)

For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

I was a beginner again. I practiced hard and used to listen very closely to recordings of American jazz drummers such as Tony Williams and Kenny Clarke.

-- Jamie Muir ( -)

Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.

-- Ralph Ellison (American Author)

I'm not a jazz singer.

-- Boz Scaggs (American Musician)

I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing Jazz whether I like it or not.

-- Lester Bangs (American Critic)

I've always wanted to record a jazz record. I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll. It's been a journey.

-- Rita Coolidge (American Musician)

I wanted to make a jazz record. I didn't want it to be a standards record.

-- Rita Coolidge (American Musician)

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G.

-- Herbie Mann (American Musician)

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)

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.

-- Maxim Gorky (Russian Novelist)

My mother is a singer, still performs today; she's a jazz singer.

-- Jan Hammer ( Musician)

I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.

-- Max Roach (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)

I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on.

-- Ken Burns (American Director)

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

-- Jon Secada (Cuban Musician)

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

-- Robert Quine (American Musician)

Certainly one of the more common experiences in the jazz field is discovering someone new. Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers, voyagers. We want to join in on whatever we hear. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape.

-- Gary Burton (American Musician)

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life.

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning.

-- Rita Coolidge (American Musician)

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period.

-- Tony Iommi (English Musician)

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.

-- Lou Reed (American Musician)

The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice.

-- Lucinda Williams (American Musician)

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.

-- Tony Wilson (British Journalist)

I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities.

-- Ken Burns (American Director)

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands, and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.

-- Wynton Marsalis (American 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)

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.

-- Dave Van Ronk (American Musician)

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)

If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music.

-- Ginger Baker (British Musician)

I like jazz, but I could never play it. You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.

-- Dave Mustaine (American Musician)

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians.

-- Walter Becker (American Musician)

People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play.

-- Roy Ayers (English Musician)


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