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:


There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties, we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things which will last the world for a long, long time.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.

-- John McLaughlin (English Musician)

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.

-- Don DeLillo (American Novelist)

I'm not a jazz singer.

-- Boz Scaggs (American Musician)

Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.

-- Ken Burns (American Director)

Jazz is about being in the moment.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window and have a good look at jazz. And I've done that on many occasions.

-- J. J. Johnson (American Musician)

I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

-- Miles Davis (American Musician)

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.

-- Van Morrison (British Musician)

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

My brother had a big band in high school; after that we continued to play together, eventually forming a group called the Jazz Brothers, that recorded for Riverside Records.

-- Chuck Mangione (American Musician)

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

-- Nat King Cole (American Musician)

Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz, and then classical.

-- Jim Coleman (American Actor)

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)

Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden!

-- Toots Thielemans (Belgian Musician)

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz guitarist and a harmonica player.

-- Karen Black (American Actress)

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz. It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.

-- Dave Van Ronk (American 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 listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong.

-- Philip Levine (American Poet)

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)

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

-- Jan Hammer ( Musician)

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.

-- Paul Whiteman (American Celebrity)

In fact, jazz has such a great feeling and great emotional content that it really doesn't require you to have technical understanding of it. I think you just have to allow your feelings to go with the music and you will find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly.

-- Dave Holland ( Musician)

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

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

I love music, I love all kinds of music, particularly jazz. Jazz is an extension of America. There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz.

-- Jon Huntsman, Jr. (American Politician)

I'm not a big jazz fan.

-- Warren Zevon (American Musician)

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs. We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea's garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.

-- Chad Smith (American Musician)

If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they're based in the U.K. I'm a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to.

-- Eric San (Canadian Musician)

You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues - you can't seperate it. Because that's where it all started, and that's where it all come from - that's where I learned to keep rhythm - in church.

-- Art Blakey (American Musician)

What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word - I love it.

-- Dexter Gordon (American Musician)

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)

Jazz is letting everybody do his or her thing with the music.

-- Percy Heath (American Musician)


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