He was absolutely insatiable in his love of Afro-Cuban music and jazz.
Author and critic Stanley Crouch raves about his latest obsession, Living With jazz by Dan Morgenstern.
Everything fascinates him whether it's jazz music or public policy, corporate engagement, or Shakespeare.
I never suspected a jazz singer might be lurking behind the meat suit, or inside the large plexiglass egg.
He loved to read, and had a degree in music with a minor in jazz from the University of Santa Cruz.
His voice was drowned by the sinister racket of the jazz, which made a noise like a barrage of 4.2 howitzers in a thunderstorm.
"At ease with that jazz," said Lane, and a sheathed finger snapped out.
They belong to the class which finds all that it wants in a jazz band and scrambled eggs at Jack's at one o'clock in the morning.
And over all the American jazz music boomed and whanged its syncopation.
No; he whistled not at all, or when he did, gay bits of jazz heard at the theatre or in a restaurant the night before.
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.
: a jazz trumpet/ jazz riffs
[origin unknown; jass was an earlier spelling]