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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a music/jazz/rock etc fan
▪ Jazz fans are in for a treat at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
a pop/rock/jazz group
▪ They’re one of the most exciting pop groups around at the moment.
a pop/rock/jazz/classical concert
▪ There were 150,000 people at the rock concert in Frankfurt.
a rock/jazz etc band
▪ He's the saxophonist in a jazz band.
a rock/pop/jazz/folk festival
▪ He's appeared at folk festivals all over Europe.
acid jazz
soul jazz
the music/jazz etc scene
▪ She’s still involved in the music scene in London.
▪ Big-band music, especially Duke Ellington, and both traditional and modern jazz also appealed to the teenager.
▪ The rise of modern jazz through bebop coincided with the demise of the big bands.
▪ Big-band music, especially Duke Ellington, and both traditional and modern jazz also appealed to the teenager.
▪ Definitive music from his golden years and top-class traditional jazz by any standards.
▪ They are, in fact, comparable to those of traditional jazz recordings.
▪ If musicians want to do jazz albums or make obscure folk records there are routes for that.
▪ Morrison has been flirting with a jazz album for some time, but this at-long-last effort exceeds expectations.
▪ Having just bought a collection of nearly 100 old jazz albums, Woker was tending to them, one by one.
▪ And somewhere, behind it all, a bland jazz band.
▪ They range from non-performing beginner groups to an auditioned jazz band that meets an hour before school starts.
▪ Young men formed neighbourhood jazz bands, creating uniforms out of crêpe paper and competing against one another for modest prices.
▪ At least the club had a good jazz band, and a first-class cabaret.
▪ Jazzy appeal: Recruits are wanted for the Lockwood Lions jazz band which was formed a year ago.
▪ We have, for instance, a jazz band and the more advanced patients do some very good playing.
▪ Bartz's father ran a local jazz club, and Gary got an alto sax at eleven years of age.
▪ Area jazz clubs and coffeehouses offer live music while visitors can catch a movie at one of two main theater complexes.
▪ She had never been to a jazz club before.
▪ They had dinner at a jazz club in the next street.
▪ When an audience in a jazz club feels the need to wear earplugs, something is awry.
▪ Metheny's jazz fans will adore this, but all his other admirers will raise an eyebrow too.
▪ Die-hard trod-jazz fans won't be happy.
▪ He appeared at the 1975 Berlin jazz festival with Jazztrack and with the Michael Gibbs orchestra.
▪ The Chicago Tribune called it the most acclaimed jazz festival in the country.
▪ In Aspen, Colorado, a two-day jazz festival donated its proceeds to Global ReLeaf.
▪ There's a double cutaway arrangement and it's a very different body shape from any jazz guitar that I've seen.
▪ If you think of all jazz guitar music as boring bebop stuff, think again.
▪ Gibson have also announced some new instruments, including the first Gibson basses ever modelled on the ES-175 jazz guitar body.
▪ Gibson L-50 jazz guitar, 1936, all original with original case, £575 ono.
▪ What I like about jazz guitar is that it's so true.
▪ It was like listening to a jazz history lesson but not recollected in tranquillity, rather the opposite.
▪ Early jazz history is long on legend and short on facts.
▪ Monk shares the piano bench with Horace Silver, a most extraordinary moment in jazz history.
▪ This is the essential condition for all forms of extemporisation, as exemplified in jazz music.
▪ The Ritz-Carlton in the Camelback Corridor plans to turn its grill into a bar with live jazz music.
▪ We got a small table near the orchestra, which was faking jazz music from their memories and short-wave radio.
▪ In addition to a number of internationally recognised jazz musicians the Festival attracts a number of artists and attractions from around the region.
▪ But from the viewpoint of a bona fide jazz musician, it is not really jazz.
▪ I am delighted that an accomplished jazz musician should choose a tune of mine to improvise upon.
▪ When jazz musicians go to a club, the first place we go is the kitchen.
▪ Max is a jazz musician, a black cat with Negro features, who owns a talking saxophone, his Alto Ego.
▪ Before then, we are inclined to believe only hip jazz musicians and self-destructive beat poets did dope.
▪ Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1929, Kundera worked as a labourer and a jazz musician before turning to writing.
▪ By then Mike, though insecure in his ability to improvise, dreamed of being a jazz musician.
▪ For anyone who doesn't know the work of this prodigiously talented jazz pianist, he made one piano sound like three.
▪ He was a local jazz pianist.
▪ In 1995, the state of BadenWuerttemberg blocked a performance by jazz pianist Chick Corea because he is a member.
▪ A really fine debut album by a local jazz player who seldom gets any ink.
▪ Other jazz players appeared to have a better understanding of the music.
▪ Even the newest jazz players still rely on a catalog of tunes older than their grandfathers.
▪ His observations on the burgeoning jazz scene are quite laughable, and typically shot through with self-deception.
▪ The guitarist has ricocheted all over the jazz scene for two decades now.
▪ She developed slowly into one of the most important bandleaders and composing-arranging talents on the entire jazz scene.
▪ It was an environment where he could be what he always wanted to be -- a jazz singer.
▪ Nor is Badu in any way a slavish Holiday imitator or even a jazz singer.
▪ A former jazz trumpeter, Nancarrow created remarkably imaginative music that sounds perpetually fresh and vital.
▪ It was like listening to a jazz history lesson but not recollected in tranquillity, rather the opposite.
▪ Nor do I spend much time listening to jazz.
▪ The bridge was pedestrian-only and had been taken over by assorted buskers playing jazz or folk music.
▪ At night, Hathaway played the piano in jazz trios around town and hung out with a young pianist-vocalist named Roberta Flack.
▪ A band, large or small, that stays together plays better jazz together, and Rollins' sextet proves it.
▪ Again, we were lucky enough to see the late, great Michel Petrucciani play jazz piano at the Festival Hall.
▪ In her time at the Royal Academy she remembered buskers in the tube, but they played rock or sometimes jazz.
▪ a jazz festival
▪ Definitive music from his golden years and top-class traditional jazz by any standards.
▪ Their collaborations set unsurpassed standards for jazz in an orchestral setting and for jazz soloists.
▪ But Forbes did remarkably well for a nerdish unknown, so Dole now solicits his thoughts on jazzing up his tax platform.
▪ Of course, you could jazz up your message in these ways: Stressed?
▪ But Forbes did remarkably well for a nerdish unknown, so Dole now solicits his thoughts on jazzing up his tax platform.
▪ You might be surprised to hear that you can jazz it up even more.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

jazz \jazz\ n.

  1. A type of music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles, but generally featuring intricate rhythms, improvisation, prominent solo segments, and great freedom in harmonic idiom played frequently in a polyphonic style, on various instruments including horn, saxophone, piano and percussion, but rarely stringed instruments. [WordNet sense 1]

  2. empty or insincere or exaggerated talk; as, don't give me any of that jazz. [WordNet sense 2]

    Syn: wind, idle words, nothingness.

  3. A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to speed or liven up," 1917, from jazz (n.). Related: jazzed; jazzing.


by 1912, American English, first attested in baseball slang; as a type of music, attested from 1913. Probably ultimately from Creole patois jass "strenuous activity," especially "sexual intercourse" but also used of Congo dances, from jasm (1860) "energy, drive," of African origin (compare Mandingo jasi, Temne yas), also the source of slang jism.If the truth were known about the origin of the word 'Jazz' it would never be mentioned in polite society. ["Étude," Sept. 1924]\nAll that jazz "et cetera" first recorded 1939.\n


n. 1 (context music English) A musical art form rooted in West African cultural and musical expression and in the African American blues tradition, with diverse influences over time, commonly characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms and improvisation. 2 Energy, excitement, excitability. Very lively. 3 The (in)tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a thing. 4 Unspecified thing(s). 5 (lb en with positive terms) Of excellent quality, the genuine article. 6 Nonsense. vb. 1 To play '''jazz''' music. 2 To dance to the tunes of '''jazz''' music. 3 To enliven, brighten up, make more colourful or exciting; excite 4 To complicate. 5 (context intransitive US slang dated English) To have sex for money, to prostitute oneself. 6 To destroy. 7 To distract/pester.

  1. n. empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz" [syn: wind, idle words, nothingness]

  2. a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles

  3. a style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands

  1. v. play something in the style of jazz

  2. have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk]

Jazz (airline)

Jazz (Jazz Aviation LP), is a Canadian regional airline based at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation. Jazz Aviation provides regional and charter airline services in Canada and the United States, primarily under contract to Air Canada using the brand name Air Canada Express, and also as Jazz Charters.

It is Canada's third largest airline in terms of fleet size (but not in terms of passengers carried annually, number of employees or destinations served). Its Air Canada Express operations serve 79 destinations in Canada and the United States. Under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA), Air Canada sets the Jazz route network and flight schedule, and purchases all of Jazz’s seat capacity based on predetermined rates. Its main base is Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with hubs at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Victoria International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.

Prior to April 2011, Air Canada's regional operations were branded as Air Canada Jazz. Following the award of a contract to Sky Regional Airlines, the Air Canada Express brand was introduced as an umbrella for all regional operations. The Jazz brand is now entirely managed by Jazz Aviation LP.

Jazz (disambiguation)

Jazz is a music genre, but may also refer to:

Jazz (Queen album)

Jazz is the seventh studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 10 November 1978. Roy Thomas Baker temporarily reunited with the band and became their producer; it was three years since he co-produced their 1975 album A Night at the Opera, but this album also was the last he co-produced for the band. The album's varying musical styles were alternately praised and criticised. It reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart and #6 on the US Billboard 200. Jazz has sold over 5 million copies to date.

Jazz (wrestler)

Carlene Denise Moore-Begnaud (born August 27, 1973) is an American professional wrestler, signed to Women Superstars Uncensored under the ring name Jazz since 2007. She is best known for her tenure in Extreme Championship Wrestling, and in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, where she was a two-time WWE Women's Champion.

Jazz (Transformers)

Jazz is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers franchise. He is usually portrayed as a music-loving robot and speaks in slang. He is also Optimus Prime's good friend and right-hand man.

Jazz (Henri Matisse)

Henri Matisse’s Jazz is a limited edition artist’s book containing prints of colorful cut paper collages, accompanied by the artist’s written thoughts. It was first issued on September 30, 1947, by art publisher Tériade. The portfolio, characterized by vibrant colors, poetic texts, and circus and theater themes, marks Matisse’s transition to a new form of medium.


Jazz is a music genre that originated from African American communities of New Orleans in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz spans a period of over a hundred years, encompassing a very wide range of music, making it difficult to define. Jazz makes heavy use of improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swing note, as well as aspects of European harmony, American popular music, the brass band tradition, and African musical elements such as blue notes and African-American styles such as ragtime. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.

The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures, and in the mid-1950s, hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments and the highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Jazz (novel)

Jazz is a 1992 historical novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning American author Toni Morrison. The majority of the narrative takes place in Harlem during the 1920s; however, as the pasts of the various characters are explored, the narrative extends back to the mid-19th century American South.

The novel forms the second part of Morrison's Dantesque trilogy on African American history, beginning with Beloved and ending with Paradise.

Jazz (TV series)

Jazz is a 2000 documentary miniseries, directed by Ken Burns. It was broadcast on PBS in 2001, and was released on DVD and VHS in January 2, 2001 by the same company. Its chronological and thematic episodes provided a history of the jazz emphasizing innovative composers and musicians and American history. Swing musicians Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are the central figures, "providing the narrative thread around which the stories of other major figures turn"; several episodes discussed the later contributions of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to bebop, and of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane to free and cool jazz. Nine episodes surveyed forty-five years (1917–1961), leaving the final episode to cover forty years (1961–2001). The documentary examines the impacts of racial segregation and drugs on jazz.

Jazz (We've Got)

"Jazz (We've Got)" is the second single from A Tribe Called Quest's second album The Low End Theory. A segment of the track "Buggin' Out" appeared in the music video. The sequences from "Jazz (We've Got)" are in black and white, while the "Buggin' Out" sequences are in full color. The original material sampled in the song, was provided by Pete Rock and was then recreated exactly the same way by Q-Tip (he is the producer of most of the tracks credited as produced by A Tribe Called Quest). Although Pete Rock is not officially credited, Q-Tip credits him in the outro of the track, rapping "Pete Rock for the beat, ya don't stop.".

Jazz (soft drink)

Diet Pepsi Jazz was a brand of soda introduced by the Pepsi company in 2006 and discontinued in 2009. It was a specifically named variant of Pepsi's popular Diet Pepsi product, combining several different flavors.

There were three different kinds available: Jazz with Black Cherry and French Vanilla, Jazz with Strawberries and Cream, and Caramel Cream.

Jazz used the 2003 Pepsi logo.

Pepsi Jazz is mentioned in the motion picture The Promotion as John C. Reilly is setting up a soda display.

Jazz (manga)

Jazz is a Japanese yaoi manga by Tamotsu Takamure. It was originally published by Shinshokan and released into four tankōbon volumes between December 8, 1999, and June 7, 2000. The series was re-published from September 28, 2004, to February 25, 2006. It has been licensed in the United States and was published by Digital Manga Publishing.

Jazz (computer)

The Jazz computer architecture was a motherboard and chipset design originally developed by Microsoft for use in developing Windows NT. The design was eventually used as the basis for most MIPS-based Windows NT systems.

In part because Microsoft intended NT to be portable between various microprocessor architectures, the MIPS RISC architecture was chosen for one of the first development platforms for the NT project in the late 1980s/early 1990s. However, around 1990, the existing MIPS-based systems (such as the TURBOchannel-equipped DECstation or the SGI Indigo) varied drastically from standard Intel personal computers such as the IBM AT—for example, neither used the ISA bus so common in Intel 386-class machines.

For those and other reasons, Microsoft decided to design their own MIPS-based hardware platform on which to develop NT, which resulted in the Jazz architecture. Later, Microsoft sold this architecture design to the MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. where it became the MIPS Magnum.

The Jazz architecture includes:

  • a MIPS R4000/ R4400 or compatible microprocessor
  • an EISA bus
  • a framebuffer for video output (the G364 framebuffer)
  • PS/2 connectors for mouse and keyboard
  • a Floppy-disk controller
  • onboard 16-bit sound system
  • onboard National Semiconductor SONIC Ethernet
  • onboard NCR 53C9x SCSI chipset for hard disk and CD-ROM interface
  • standard IBM AT serial and parallel ports
  • IBM AT-style time-of-year clock

This design was simple enough and powerful enough that a majority of Windows NT-capable MIPS systems were based on modified versions of the Jazz architecture. A list of systems which more or less were based on Jazz includes:

  • MIPS Magnum (R4000 PC-50 and SC-50 versions)
  • Acer PICA - uses S3 videocard
  • Olivetti M700 - has different video and sound system
  • NEC RISCstation - Jazz with PCI

The Jazz systems were designed to partially comply with the Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) standard, and each used the ARC firmware to boot Windows NT. Other operating systems were also ported to various Jazz implementations, such as RISC/os to the MIPS Magnum.

There were also some MIPS systems designed to run Windows NT and comply with the ARC standard, but nevertheless were not based on the Jazz platform:

  • DeskStation Tyne
  • NeTpower FASTseries Falcon
  • ShaBLAMM! NiTro-VLB
  • Siemens-Nixdorf RM-200, RM-300 and RM-400
Jazz (apple)

Jazz is a trademarked brand of the 'Scifresh' cultivar of domesticated apple.

'Scifresh' is a cross between 'Royal Gala' and Braeburn. It was developed in New Zealand as part of a collaboration between apple marketer ENZA, orchardists, and the Plant & Food Research institute. The original cross was made in 1985 on trees at Goddard Lane, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. It launched commercially in April 2004. It is hard and crisp but juicy. The color is flushes of red and maroon over shades of green, yellow and orange.

Growers produce Jazz apples under licence in New Zealand, UK, USA, Australia, France, Chile, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. Grown in the northern and southern hemispheres, it is available all year round.

Jazz (word)

The origin of the word jazz is one of the most sought-after word origins in modern American English. The word's intrinsic interest – the American Dialect Society named it the Word of the Twentieth Century – has resulted in considerable research and its history is well documented. As discussed in more detail below, jazz began as a West Coast slang term around 1912, the meaning of which varied but it did not initially refer to music. Jazz came to mean jazz music in Chicago around 1915.

Jazz (Wallace Roney album)

Jazz is an album by jazz artist Wallace Roney released in 2007.

Jazz (Ry Cooder album)

Jazz is the seventh album by Ry Cooder, produced by Joseph Byrd and Ry Cooder and released on the Warner Bros. Records label.

Jazz (Kanso series)

Jazz (Kanso series) is a series of 20 paintings made by Nabil Kanso in 1978-79. The subjects of the works are based on the jazz music and the entertainments night life in New York and New Orleans. The paintings are done in oil and acrylic on canvas measuring 224 X 182 cm (88 X 72 inches) each. Their compositions reflect predominant red tonality built with broad brushstrokes. Works from the series were exhibited in Atlanta in 1985.

Jazz (Tenacious D album)

Jazz is the second extended play by American comedy rock band Tenacious D. Released in 2012, the EP consists of a single, 11 minute jazz composition with vocals. The EP was released as a digital download and a limited edition vinyl record.

Jazz (perfume)

Jazz is a perfume for men by Yves Saint Laurent introduced in 1988. The black and white packaging and flacon were designed to resemble piano keys. A flanker Live Jazz was introduced in 1998.

Jazz (John Handy album)

Jazz is an album by saxophonist John Handy III featuring tracks recorded in 1962 and originally released on the Roulette label.

Usage examples of "jazz".

As you shape your customer profile, recognize that your advertising must reach your largest customer group and must also convey specialties that exist in your store, such as jazz, blues, rock V roll, rap or classical.

A marvelous bebop medley, consisting of wonderful renditions of jazz tunes in the style of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, and Elmo Hope.

High mountain flutes, jazz and bebop, one-stringed Mongol instruments, gypsy xylophones, African drums, Arab bagpipes.

There were small round tables, low backless stools for jazz buffs to sit on with knees hunched, and a bossa nova trio consisting of guitar, bass, and drums.

Music trickled down the hill with the light, usually music of a vanished era, waltzes and marches and Dixieland Jazz, music both romantic and danceable, played to such perfection that I envied Fitz his sound system until I saw several of the better known New York Philharmonic members round the comer near my house early on a particular Saturday evening.

Though we talked less than the allotted three minutes, the call left me so strangely jazzed up, I had to read Flaubert for an hour before I got sleepy again.

Strangely jazzed up and not tired from the housework, I got this from the storage vault and brought it into the den, the one cool room in the house.

He was a short thick-set black man, with a boxed musicom over his shoulder and a jazzer held by the grips, its stubby barrel pointed up.

And the song that he then played on the air was jazz, hot New Orleans jazz, and Skyler also could have sworn that the trumpet was being played by Kuta, too.

The jazz joints were closed, the cops in the subways slipped their pennies into the candy machines and received their coated peanuts for the long beat, up and down the platform, looking for mashers, smokers.

He could contact Moyle before the meeting and blow the gaff tell him everything he knew, being a good company man and all that jazz.

They should have supported her, they should have made her their champion against pseuds like David and yobbos like Garry and Jazz.

White-faced, Jazz and Zek shrank back into the shadow of the rock, stared at each other.

Then I reconstituted some barbecued baby back ribs, a baked potato, some Blue Lake green beans, and a handful of snickerdoodle cookies, and ate them seated in my command chair while listening to quiet jazz selections by Bill Evans and Marian McPartland.

Four live musicians softly blew and strummed old jazz instruments, while a single amber spotlight shone on the coffee colored, deceivingly languid songstress, whose sequined dress went all the way to her wrists and chin.