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jazz Idioms & Phrases


cool jazz

  • noun jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat
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hot jazz

  • noun jazz that is emotionally charged and intense and marked by strong rhythms and improvisation
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jazz age

  • noun the 1920s in the United States characterized in the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald as a period of wealth, youthful exuberance, and carefree hedonism
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jazz around

  • verb wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
    gad; gallivant.
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jazz band

  • noun a small band of jazz musicians
    jazz band; combo.
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jazz festival

  • noun a festival that features performances by jazz artists
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jazz group

  • noun a small band of jazz musicians
    jazz band; combo.
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jazz musician

  • noun a musician who plays or composes jazz music
    jazzman.
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jazz up

  • verb make more interesting or lively
    ginger up; juice up; pep up.
    • juice up a party
    • pep up your paper
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modern jazz

  • noun any of various styles of jazz that appeared after 1940
    modern jazz; neo jazz.
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neo jazz

  • noun any of various styles of jazz that appeared after 1940
    modern jazz; neo jazz.
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new jazz

  • noun any of various styles of jazz that appeared after 1940
    modern jazz; neo jazz.
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