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Jazz   /dʒæz/   Listen
Jazz

noun
1.
Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.  Synonyms: idle words, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind.  "Don't give me any of that jazz"
2.
A genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles.
3.
A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands.



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"Jazz" Quotes from Famous Books



... something to be remembered. Jimmy in particular ate until his eyes bulged and fully sustained his previous reputation. And while they ate, the doctor turned on one lively selection after another, finishing with a selection from a jazz band that sent them into a ...
— The Radio Boys' First Wireless - Or Winning the Ferberton Prize • Allen Chapman

... the Arts escape, nor do any of them escape all the time. Music, whose sly and terrible vices were for centuries unperceived by the high priests, has been brought to earth in places. "Jazz Incites to Sin. Syncopation is Devil's Ally." Discovered! One reads the morning paper and feels a return of hope. The High Priests are aroused. They have disembowelled an ally. There is hope then of a bloody fray. Another Edition ...
— Nonsenseorship • G. G. Putnam

... Broadway leaps highest in folly and the nights are riddled with incandescent tire and chewing gum signs; jazz bands and musical comedies to the ticket speculators' tune of five dollars a seat, My Khaki-Boy, covered with the golden hoar of three hundred Metropolitan nights rose to the slightly off key grand finale of its eighty-first ...
— Defenders of Democracy • The Militia of Mercy

... James." Oddly enough he found that he was enjoying himself. The cynical students near him were annoyed at his audible appreciation of time-honored jokes in the Hammerstein tradition. But Horace was waiting with anxiety for Marcia Meadow singing her song about a Jazz-bound Blundering Blimp. When she did appear, radiant under a floppity flower-faced hat, a warm glow settled over him, and when the song was over he did not join in the storm of applause. ...
— Flappers and Philosophers • F. Scott Fitzgerald

... he wants to do is lolly-gag.... Besides, after what you said to Helen about the jazz I wouldn't dance in front of ...
— The Day of the Beast • Zane Grey

... glowed brightly for Ned Wayburn. For two years following he toured the United States and Canada with Dunne and Ryley's musical comedy success, "By the Sad Sea Waves," which he helped write and stage, introducing "ragtime," now known as "Jazz," to America in nearly every city of over 5,000 population. Gertrude Hoffmann was one of his dancing girls in the chorus of ...
— The Art of Stage Dancing - The Story of a Beautiful and Profitable Profession • Ned Wayburn

... the Bar are greatly afraid that some learned judge will ask, "What is the Jazz-step?" before the question has really been settled by the ...
— Punch, Volume 156, 26 March 1919 • Various

... bloom. And, for some strange reason, the weird "Elsie Dinsmore" series is found under the popular Christmas tree, while nobody gives the Rollo books to anybody. Why? One may begin to believe that that degeneracy which the prevalence of jazz, lip-sticks, and ballet costumes adapted to the subway is supposed to indicate, is a real menace when one discovers that "Penrod" or "Seventeen" has ceased ...
— Confessions of a Book-Lover • Maurice Francis Egan

... who to the ordinary man certainly included Socrates. The importance of this play to us is clear. We are a nation of half-trained intelligences. Our national schools are frankly irreligious, our teachers people of weak credentials. Parental discipline is openly flouted, pleasure is our modern cult. Jazz bands, long-haired novelists and poets, misty philosophers, anti-national instructors are the idols of many a pale-faced and stunted son of Britain. The reverence which made us great is decadent and openly scoffed at. What is the remedy? Aristophanes ...
— Authors of Greece • T. W. Lumb

... all that sort of latter-day tendency. Damn it, he can get all that outside the churches and get it better. Light, light! He wants light, Hapgood. And the padres come down and drink beer with him, and watch boxing matches with him, and sing music-hall songs with him, and dance Jazz with him, and call it making religion a Living Thing in the Lives of the People. Lift the hearts of the people to God, they say, by showing them that religion is not incompatible with having a jolly fine time. And there's no God there that a man can understand for him to be lifted up to. ...
— If Winter Comes • A.S.M. Hutchinson



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