1A type of music of black American origin which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm. Brass and woodwind instruments and piano are particularly associated with jazz, although guitar and occasionally violin are also used; styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz.
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- Even Dixieland and swing jazz from that era really had fast tempos.
- Charlie Parker may have pioneered bebop jazz, but Miles Davis helped him to establish it.
- He and the Muddy Basin Ramblers have played a mix of country, blues, jug-band music and early swing jazz for over a year.
1.1 (also jazz ballet or jazz dance) A style of theatrical dance performed to jazz or popular music.
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- The main genres of choreographed dance are ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance.
- But the more you look at it, particularly on Broadway, you begin to see that, while jazz dance is distinct from ballet and modern and all the rest, it has borrowed from each of them.
- Like jazz dance, Cuban dance forms owe an immeasurable debt to African culture.
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early 20th century: perhaps related to jism.
and all that jazz
- informal And such similar things: oh, love, life, and all that jazzMore example sentences
- Many people believe in fortune tellers and clairvoyants and all that jazz, but me, I'm just not sure.
- He would rant and rave about capitalism and all that jazz, and basically he can be stereotyped as a Green party member.
- She told me her name, where she was from, where she went to school and all that jazz.
jazz something up
- Make something more interesting, lively, or exciting: jazz up an all-white kitchen with red tilesMore example sentences
enliven, liven up, brighten up, make more interesting, make more exciting, put some spirit into, make more attractive, add (some) colour to, wake up, give a lift/boost to, lift, ginger up; improve, enhance, embellish, dress up, beautify, gild, season, leaven, add spice to, spice up, revitalize, vitalizeinformal perk up, pep up, zhoosh (up)
- Caroline's Beauty Salon will also be on hand offering make-up tips for all you glamour gals looking to jazz it up for the festive season, while Richard Hannigan will be giving advise on all the latest trends in hair design.
- He believes bank branches can be jazzed up and transformed into places customers feel they genuinely want to visit.
- Director Lee Tamahori tries to jazz things up with some flashy editing but can't disguise the fact that the 40-year-old formula is beginning to wear a little thin.
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- With last year's Happy People, former Miles Davis saxophonist Kenny Garrett mixed tough improvising and striking pop-jazz themes so well that even the most sneering fundamentalist jazzers thought twice about complaining.
- He confronts black jazzers ' resentment of Baker's playing: Most heard him, with excellent reason, as a paler, milder Miles Davis, yet he won polls and looked like he was making big money.
- But in as much as the music catches her still working close to the manner of her then significant model, Betty Carter, the disc nevertheless remains an interesting example of what attracted jazzers to Wilson in the first place.