verb (used with object)
- to excite or enliven.
- to accelerate.
verb (used without object)
- to add liveliness, vigor, or excitement to.
- to add ornamentation, color, or extra features to, in order to increase appeal or interest; embellish.
- to accelerate.
- jazz age,
- jazz band,
- jazz dance,
- jazz mag,
- jazz shoe
Origin of jazz
Examples from the Web for jazz
For the last three decades, he has garnered justifiable praise as one of best pianists in jazz.
I think posterity will enshrine this body of work among the classics of 21st century jazz.
“Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” brings the rock chameleon into jazz territory, backed up by a horn-heavy jazz big band.
Do you see yourself setting a standard for classical chops in jazz?
You recently gave the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard and you were the first jazz musician to do so.
Jazz poured out of the speaker and the man beat out the time with his heels and toes.The Inhabited|Richard Wilson
Gavroche was killed on the barricades, and it was with his name that Jazz should have been associated.Since Czanne|Clive Bell
Geordie (after intently watching conductor of Jazz band for some time).
Offered a drink, she clinks my glass and offers her only English words, "Jazz boy Charlie."
I discover that there is an American jazz band in the place.
- a kind of music of African-American origin, characterized by syncopated rhythms, solo and group improvisation, and a variety of harmonic idioms and instrumental techniques. It exists in a number of stylesCompare blues See also bebop, bop 1 (def. 1), Dixieland, free (def. 7), hard bop, harmolodics, mainstream (def. 2), modern jazz, New Orleans jazz, swing (def. 28), trad
- (as modifier)a jazz band
- (in combination)a jazzman
Word Origin for jazz
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 (cf. 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]
All that jazz "et cetera" first recorded 1939.
"to speed or liven up," 1917, from jazz (n.). Related: jazzed; jazzing.
A form of American music that grew out of African-Americans' musical traditions at the beginning of the twentieth century. Jazz is generally considered a major contribution of the United States to the world of music. It quickly became a form of dance music, incorporating a “big beat” and solos by individual musicians. For many years, all jazz was improvised and taught orally, and even today jazz solos are often improvised. Over the years, the small groups of the original jazz players evolved into the “Big Bands” (led, for example, by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller), and finally into concert ensembles. Other famous jazz musicians include Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald.