[boog-ee-woog-ee, boo-gee-woo-gee]
noun Jazz.
a form of instrumental blues, especially for piano, using melodic variations over a constantly repeated bass figure.
Also called boogie.

1925–30, Americanism; rhyming compound perhaps based on boogie Unabridged
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boogie-woogie (ˈbʊɡɪˈwʊɡɪ, ˈbuːɡɪˈwuːɡɪ)
a style of piano jazz using a dotted bass pattern, usually with eight notes in a bar and the harmonies of the 12-bar blues

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heavily percussive style of blues piano in which the right hand plays riffs (syncopated, repeating phrases) against a driving pattern of repeating eighth notes (ostinato bass). It began to appear at the beginning of the 20th century and was associated with the southwestern states-hence its early names, "fast Western style" and "Western rolling blues." Its bass figures are believed to derive from the running sequence of guitar accompaniment

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