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 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)

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)

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who, in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color. He used the piano as his canvas.

-- Roberta Flack (American Musician)

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

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.

-- Melvin Maddocks ( -)

Jazz needs the help. It's the more sophisticated music. All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't.

-- Billy Higgins (American Musician)

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz.

-- John Eaton (American Politician)

Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.

-- B. B. King (American Musician)

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.

-- Luther Allison (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 I am playing any music at all it is jazz music.

-- Ginger Baker (British Musician)

In 1994, I started touring again and I recorded two albums for Chesky Jazz.

-- Chuck Mangione (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)

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)

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

-- Robert Quine (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)

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)

Jazz to me is a living music. It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.

-- Dexter Gordon (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)

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G.

-- Herbie Mann (American Musician)

My music is jazz.

-- Yusef Lateef (American Musician)

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence. That's always a challenge.

-- Rita Coolidge (American Musician)

Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.

-- Jan Hammer ( 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)

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing.

-- Oscar Peterson (Canadian Musician)

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.

-- Jimmy Chamberlin (American Musician)

I think I represent a more left-wing view of what jazz is.

-- Pat Metheny (American Musician)

As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.

-- Stan Getz (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)

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.

-- Wyclef Jean (American Musician)

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

-- Charlie Rich (American Musician)

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.

-- Thelonious Monk (American Musician)

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.

-- Kenneth Rexroth (American Poet)

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you're playing rock, you use a pick. There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than that's just the way it has been.

-- Kevin Eubanks (American Musician)

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!

-- Etta James (American Musician)


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