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Jazz Vocabulary. Ms. Schmitt. Bepop. Bepop (noun). Bepop mixes a strong beat with made up notes, so the song is never the same twice. A style of jazz music that stress improvisation and fast, complex harmonies and rhythms. Improvise. Improvise (noun).

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Jazz vocabulary

Jazz Vocabulary

Ms. Schmitt



Bepop noun
Bepop (noun)

  • Bepop mixes a strong beat with made up notes, so the song is never the same twice.

  • A style of jazz music that stress improvisation and fast, complex harmonies and rhythms.



Improvise noun
Improvise (noun)

  • After the musician’s music fell to the floor, she had to improvise.

  • To make up as one goes along to create in the moment.



Spontaneity noun
Spontaneity (noun)

  • Spontaneity can help a performer recover from a mistake in his or her routine.

  • The act of following one’s feelings in the moment rather than planning



Plantation1
Plantation

  • Many slaves risked their lives trying to escape the harsh working conditions of life on the plantation.

  • A large farm with many workers.



Woo verb
Woo (Verb)

  • The candidate used promises of a better future to woo, or seek favor with, the voters.

  • To win someone over; to make someone like you



Scat noun
Scat (noun)

  • Most people considered Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) to be the best singer of scat.

  • A style of singing that uses sounds and syllables to imitate the sound of an instrument.



Quarters noun
Quarters (noun)

  • The living quarters for soldiers are also called barracks.

  • Living space for workers, soldiers, pirates, or slaves



Innovator noun
Innovator (noun

  • Benjamin Franklin was an innovator, or inventor, who made many discoveries about electricity.

  • A person who helps to create, develop, or invent something



Melodic adjective
Melodic (adjective)

  • Jazz can be a very melodic when it has a central tune.

  • Highlighting the tune as opposed to the rhythm or harmony; musically pleasant


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