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)

I play in a Jazz band
I love Jazz music
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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."
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The greatest, and yet least appreciated genre of music today among the general public.
The original spelling of the word was "jass."
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The most soulful and meaningful music known to man. Fills peoples hearts with joy. Jazz is a very touching and soulful type of music. You can listen to it anytime of day. It normally fetures improv on trumpet, saxaphone, trombone, flute, ect. Jazz is the best music to relate to wether you want to getup and dance or cry. You can always rely on jazz to brighten your day.
The jazzers and Allen Vizzutti played a jazz chart.
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The absolute BEST genre of music out there. It is unappreciated by idiots who think the only music worth listening to is rock and rap. It's also the best music to play if you're a musician, because playing music is the only activity that involves every part of your brain, and jazz does this to an extent. It's also really fun to play and listen to.
If you're not sure if you like jazz, go and pick up a Basie or Ellington album and you'll see what I mean.
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A form of music developed in early 20th century America by African-Americans, but quickly spread around the world to places such as France and Japan. It basically took every other kind of music that came out before it and turned them upside down. Jazz musicians are often very talented and rise far above simple technical skill into a realm of extremely deep, passionate, abstract soulfulness. The number of artists and musical genres that derive their influence from jazz are innumerable.
Some notable jazz artists include:

Vince Guaraldi
John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk
Miles Davis
Charlie Parker
Dave Brubeck
Bill Evans
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