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It's amazing how people's opinion's vary

Jazz is an expression of thought and feeling. It can be slow and melancholy, or quick and light. It's simply what the musicians feel at the time. It's mainly instrumental, but sometimes there can be singing. I've read some of the definitions, apparently some dislike the lack of word. Well some things can't be expressed in words.
Many kinds of music came from jazz.
by Blue Ruse August 07, 2006
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The true musicians music. The best music there is and ever will be. Truly creative.
Too many fools are discrediting jazz, and half of them are probably illiterate, materialistic, lost, confused, severly depressed people. The other half are just plain idiots. People who do not see the beauty in jazz are uncivilized. Apparently many people think that there is no lyrical content which proves that their remarks are ignorant, and their pathetic attempt to disrespect a true art form has failed.
by Nemirni Nasty August 12, 2006
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The best type of music, which contrary to the popular belief, is not an intelectual art form.
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Charlie parker, Canonball Adderly, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Art Blakey, Eldar Djangirov, Micheal Brecker, Cliffor brown, Wayne Shorter, Art Tatum, bobby Timons, Elvin Jones, Mcoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gilespie, Joshua Redman, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Lee Morgan, Paul Chambers, Thelonius Monk, Benny Golson... I hope I haven,t missed any.
by xavier June 12, 2005
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Technical (boring) definition: Jazz is a now-unpopular genre of music, encompassing several distinct styles, developed for the most part by black men in American cities over the course of the 20th century. Jazz in general is characterized by the following:
-improvised solos (though they can also be written out beforehand, and, especially when recorded, are often somewhat planned out)
-a rhythm section consisting of bass, drums, piano and sometimes guitar
-syncopation
-bass lines which are improvised to fit the chords, usually with one note on every downbeat, and which rarely, if ever, stop
-an uneven style of playing eighth notes so that the downbeat lasts roughly twice as long as the upbeat (this is known as "swing" eight notes)
-extended chords (7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords) as pioneered by 19th century composers in the classical "impressionist" movement
-4/4 time
-the common lack of vocals
-2 common song forms: the traditional 32-bar AABA song form, and the 12-bar blues form

Colloquial (less boring) definitions:
“Jazz,” originally a noun used mainly in Harlem in the beginning of the 20th century to mean “sexual intercourse,” is also used as a verb in the phrase “to jazz (something) up,” meaning to add style, individuality, soul, or passion to something.
"If haven't figured it out by now, you'll never know."
-Louis Armstrong
"The say music speaks louder than words, so I'll just let the music speak for itself."
-Charlie Parker
Your place looks like you just moved in; you should jazz it up.
Kenny G is an insult to jazz.
by jazzriff October 10, 2005
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Syncopated and harmonically complex form of music originating from America during the early 20th century.

Styles include Be-Bop, Swing, Dixieland, Fusion, Free jazz etc.

One of the precursors to Funk, others include Blues and Soul . Funk of course gave way to more contempary forms of music like rap and techno.

Jazz is characterised by improvisation where musicians express themselves through their instruments.
Man, check out this Jazz. It kicks arse.

You should hear Miles Davis. He sure can play Jazz.
by Superthundersting Car is Go February 16, 2006
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"Feel Good Music"....The artists deal with each other more as "brothers and sisters" instead of the rivals of other artists in most other genres.........the original music that brought out most of the genres that most people listen to today....
Miles Davis-Traditional Jazz
Chris Botti-Comtemporary Jazz
by Nelli April 11, 2005
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A synonym for "good" or "awesome."
"Dude, that party last night was totally jazz!"

"The coffee I had this morning tasted pretty darn jazz."
by shadowgeist October 29, 2009
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A great form of music spawning other great forms of music. Usually involves horns, mixed meter, more then 3 chords per song, and improv.
Miles Davis, Buddy Rich

You're stuck on an island with Osama Bin Laden, Saddam, and Kenny G. you have a gun with 2 bullets. what do you do?


Shoot Kenny G twice!
by Marcius July 12, 2005
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