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Jazz is a musical genre, a style in itself, an action, adjective, and foundation for a certain social group.

1. A music that originated in America, and credited to slaves who brought it over from West Africa. Has rhythmic foundations from the beats and syncopations from Africa. Has instrumental timbres from Spanish and European influences, as a result of the Spanish-American war and the diversity in New Orleans. Also has roots from ragtime piano, and eventually later on swing, blues, and bebop. Usually uses improvisation, but not always.
2. A verb similar to "swing". To give something a looser, more free-flowing, hipper feel. Can be done to a simple rhythm, or even things outside of music as in a "jazzed up place".
3. Often a thing that certain musical purists use to defend themselves as being the only decent kind of music left these days. Results in a kind of jazz elitism, where a jazz enthusiast believes he or she is better because he or she listens to the only kind of music that is still authentic and good.
1. Some jazz musicians include Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Vince Guaraldi, Diana Krall, etc etc.
2. This beat is too boring, we got to jazz it up a bit.
3. I don't listen to your repulsive rap, rock, or other mainstream pop. I'm close-minded and will forever be in my own little jazz bubble, which of course is the greatest gift America has for the world.
by flo123 July 31, 2005
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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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An awesome genre of music.

Usually played with saxophones, trumpets, a piano, a guitar, a bass guitar (or upright bass) and a drum kit, but it's sometimes played with strings (violin, cello etc.). You can also have vocal parts as well.

It first originated at the beginning of the 20th century, in central America. It was largely associated with African Americans, but is played by everyone nowadays.

A well known Jazz player and bandleader was Art Blakey (drummer)

JAZZ IS AWESOME. DON'T DISS IT.
I play in a Jazz band
I love Jazz music
by teh internets is for music November 11, 2009
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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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Frank "Hey Ed the grocery store is giving out free tic-tacs!"

Ed "Jazz, I know where I'm going for lunch!"
by seditious jason April 25, 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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