Jazz
(jaz)


[Eng.]


A style of music originating in the 20th century in New Orleans which combined elements of European-American and African music. This style of music was developed largely in urban areas, starting in New Orleans, then moving to Chicago, then to New York. It is an improvisational, expressive style of music, characterized by syncopated rhythms, 'blue notes' and the use of seventh and ninth chords.

See also blues, ragtime, scat singing, and third stream.



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jazz, New Orleans style:
Traditional: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, arr. When the Saints Go Marchin' In (vocal excerpt)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 49

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