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:


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)

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)

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.

-- Herbie Hancock (American Musician)

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 think that people should learn about that. In most music, there's one way that you do something, and that's the only way. In jazz, it's a lot different.

-- Billy Higgins (American Musician)

Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Author)

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)

Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.

-- John Mayall (British Musician)

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.

-- Keith Emerson (British 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)

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)

I also like Western classical music and jazz.

-- Nusrat F. A. Khan ( -)

Here in England we live at a slower pace, have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.

-- Chris Barber (English Musician)

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character.

-- Bill Frist (American Politician)

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)

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)

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

-- Billy Crystal (American Comedian)

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)

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)

When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything.

-- Carla Bley (American Musician)

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

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

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)

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes. You're out there predicting the future, and no one believes you.

-- Branford Marsalis (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)

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song... that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.

-- Brian Setzer (American Musician)

As a matter of fact, we put it down because we wanted to be jazz pickers.

-- Charlie Rich (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)

Jazz really does try to include everything. It's always been popular music. But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.

-- Madeleine Peyroux (American Musician)

Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.

-- Lee Konitz (American Musician)

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons, but the overviews are always too simplistic.

-- Branford Marsalis (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)

I'd rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll.

-- Ginger Baker (British Musician)

Orchestras are not used to playing the kind of stuff jazz musicians like to play. It requires a lot of rehearsal and recording time, so it's much easier to do on a synth or sampler. So, we came up with that idea.

-- Eberhard Weber (German Musician)


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