Definition of bebop in English:
A type of jazz originating in the 1940s and characterized by complex harmony and rhythms. It is associated particularly with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie.
- As the trad boom took off, a schism developed between fans who maintained the ‘traditional’ style of New Orleans music was the only true jazz and modern fans inspired by Charlie Parker's bebop.
- During this time he has played bebop with Charlie Parker, free jazz with Ornette Coleman and Jimmy Giuffre, and fusion with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.
- Charlie Parker may have pioneered bebop jazz, but Miles Davis helped him to establish it.
1940s (originally US): imitative of the typical rhythm of this music.
- Example sentences
- Woods, a self confessed ‘old bebopper’, was deeply in thrall to the work of Charlie Parker, but the ERM's remit included nods to the emergent avant garde.
- His jazz favourites were both revolutionary beboppers, such as Monk and Parker, and established, crowd-pleasers such as Lionel Hampton and Billy Eckstine.
- I'm not good at anything else, but if I had the skill, I'd have loved to have been a jazz pianist, a bebopper in the '50s.