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A style of music characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm. It emerged at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions.

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cross-over music

Music; Jazz

Music which transcends two or more genres or styles, namely a composition written in a jazz style with the cache or flavour of a classical,symphonic style,e.g. Gershwin's Piano Concerto.


Music; Jazz

A style of piano playing very popular in the thirties. Blues, with continuous repeated eighth note patterns in the left hand and exciting but often stereotyped blues riffs and figures in the right ...


Music; Jazz

The raising or lowering of a tone by a half-step, from its diatonic value in a chord. In Jazz usage, the fifth and ninth may be raised (augmented) or lowered (diminished); the fourth (or eleventh) ...


Music; Jazz

The contrary of 'chromatic'. Said of melody or harmony using only the unaltered major (or sometimes minor) scale.


Music; Jazz

Pertaining to or derived from the chromatic scale, which includes all 12 tones to the octave. Chromatic harmony is a vague term referring either to the use of many altered tones in the chord, or to ...

double time

Music; Jazz

A tempo twice as fast, with the time feel, bar lines and chords moving at twice the speed.

augmented 7th

Music; Jazz

A dominant 7th chord with a raised 5th added. The name is misleading because it is not the 7th that is augmented.

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