Adjective "jazz" definition and examples

(Jazz may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dʒaz/

Definitions and examples

noun

A 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.
  1. 'Charlie Parker may have pioneered bebop jazz, but Miles Davis helped him to establish it.'
  2. 'Of all types of commercially based American music, jazz is the one that has most consistently fostered musical artistry on a high level.'
  3. 'Beaudet's love affair with improvised music, and jazz in particular, took off.'
  4. 'Eight town centre venues will feature up to forty bands covering all idioms from New Orleans through swing to bebop and contemporary jazz.'
  5. 'Elsewhere, Jon mixes up elements of dub, jazz and ambient music into the requisite funk beats.'
  6. 'We used to say that contemporary jazz is music in constant renewal, and in constant search of musical sparring partners.'
  7. 'Their music is a mixture of Eastern European folk, gypsy, techno and American jazz.'
  8. 'He and the Muddy Basin Ramblers have played a mix of country, blues, jug-band music and early swing jazz for over a year.'
  9. 'Other recommendations include better lunches, reducing the length of sessions and starting with some lively jazz.'
  10. 'The beauty of the packaging meets that of the music - for Latin jazz or piano trio fans this is a must.'
  11. 'Like jazz dance, Cuban dance forms owe an immeasurable debt to African culture.'
  12. 'He steeped himself in the venues that are defined by what we term jazz dance - a euphemism for dance shaped by the African-American experience.'

verb

Play or dance to jazz music.

    More definitions

    1. music originating in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and subsequently developing through various increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, melodic freedom, and a harmonic idiom ranging from simple diatonicism through chromaticism to atonality.

    2. a style of dance music, popular especially in the 1920s, arranged for a large band and marked by some of the features of ja

    More examples(as adjective)

    "samples can be jazz."

    "musics can be jazz."

    "jazzs can be jazz."

    "gooks can be jazz."

    Origin

    Early 20th century: perhaps related to jism.

    Phrase

    jazz something up