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:


I always told the people at Cal Arts that if they wanted me to do Jazz studies, first of all, there couldn't be a big band within 500 miles and that I could do what I wanted to do. And they said I could.

-- Charlie Haden (American Musician)

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.

-- Gyorgy Ligeti (Hungarian Composer)

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.

-- Mahalia Jackson (American Musician)

I played saxophone, so I was into jazz. I learned from each audience and each teacher that I had. I can't really tell you any rules or anything, but the way I develop my beliefs is really just by personally learning from different situations.

-- Chad Hugo (American Musician)

Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.

-- Federico Garcia Lorca (Spanish Poet)

It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

That's the exact concept behind the music: to take that kind of, I guess whatever you want to call it, jazz sensibility - but not have it be about solos.

-- Charlie Hunter (American Musician)

There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.

-- Branford Marsalis (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)

I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

-- George Foreman (American Athlete)

I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people.

-- Bobby Vinton (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)

Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.

-- Nat King Cole (American Musician)

Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days.

-- Evan Parker (British Musician)

My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around.

-- Louis Prima (American Entertainer)

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

-- Gary Lucas ( -)

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz.

-- Cassandra Wilson (American 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)

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'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play. Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat, and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you, so I do that too. So my snare tilts away from me.

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

Jazz in itself is not struggling. That is, the music itself is not struggling... It's the attitude that's in trouble. My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history.

-- August Wilson (American Playwright)

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

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

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)

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.

-- Count Basie (American Musician)

Well, actually, I don't consider myself a jazz legend or anything.

-- Joseph Jarman (American Musician)

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.

-- Etta James (American Musician)

I don't like freedom jazz - I think it's void of roots and void of foundation.

-- George Shearing (British Musician)

I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something that's never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish.

-- Charlie Haden (American 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)

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy, but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops.

-- Doc Severinsen (American Musician)


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