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:


Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades, I think speaking of the United States, let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none.

-- Olivier Messiaen (French Composer)

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

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

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

-- Percy Heath (American Musician)

I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

I don't limit my taste. There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera. I've been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock.

-- Rick Moranis (Canadian Actor)

Miles Davis fully embraced possibilities and delved into it. He was criticized heavily from the jazz side. He was supposed to be part of a tradition, but he didn't consider himself part of a tradition.

-- Bill Laswell (American Musician)

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact.

-- Sonny Rollins (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)

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 have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.

-- Sonny Rollins (American Musician)

They always say that jazz doesn't sell, but it's a lie, because it does sell, and it sells consistently year in and year out.

-- Lester Bowie (American Musician)

It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.

-- Andy Partridge ( 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)

Today jazz is still very much alive. Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.

-- Toots Thielemans (Belgian Musician)

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show?

-- Sonny Rollins (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)

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration.

-- Ben Harper (American Musician)

Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.

-- Brian McKnight (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)

If there was no black man there would be no Rock'n'Roll. The beat, the rhythms of Africa are what created Rock'n'Roll and Jazz.

-- Ray Manzarek (American Musician)

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)

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy, extroverted music. You don't have to think about it too much.

-- Chris Barber (English Musician)

I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong.

-- Philip Levine (American Poet)

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

-- Alan Vega (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)

I listened to Billie Holiday a lot in order to learn to sing. She remains one of the extraordinary jazz singers. But my intent is to become my own voice, to be able to interpret these songs in my own way.

-- Madeleine Peyroux (American Musician)

Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived.

-- Herb Alpert (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)

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.

-- Mose Allison (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Toots Thielemans (Belgian 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)

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

-- Dexter Gordon (American Musician)

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

-- Gyorgy Ligeti (Hungarian Composer)


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