Jazz Vocabulary Word List (254)

A)Accent, Accolades, Accompaniment, Acoustics, Act, Adaptation, Admiration, Admission, Affect, Aficionado, Airplay, Album, Amphitheater, Amplifier, Applause, Appreciate, Arrangement, Array, Artist, Assemble, Atonal, Audience, Auditorium, Aulochrome, Awe
B)Background, Band, Banjo, Bassist, Beat, Bebop, Beginnings, Big time, Blues, Bones, Boogie-woogie, Bookings, Bop, Box office, Brass, Business, Buzz
C)Cajun, CD, Charismatic, Clamorous, Clarinet, Classics, Clubs, Collaboration, Complex, Composer, Composition, Concept, Concert, Contemporary, Contracts, Cool jazz, Cornet, Creative, Crows, Current, Cutting edge
D)Dance, Date, Derivations, Devotee, Distinctive, Distinguish, Distortion, Drummer, Drums
E)Effect, Element, Emotional, Emphasis, Energy, Enjoyment, Entertainment, Era, Event, Exciting, Exposure, Extravaganza
F)Fame, Famous, Fans, Favorites, Featuring, Feeling, Festival, Finest, Focus, Format, Fundraiser, Fusion, Fusion jazz
G)Genre, Golden age, Groove, Group, Guests, Guitar
H)Harmony, Headphones, Hear, Hit, Homage, Homemade, Horns
I)Imitation, Improvisation, Include, Influences, Information, Inspiring, Instruments, International, Interpolation, Interpretation, Invigorating, Invitation, Irregular
J)Jam session, Jazz, Jug
K)Keyboard, Keys
L)Legend, Limit, Listen, Lively, Loud, Loud, Lover, Lyrics
M)Masses, Mega-event, Mellow, Melody, Meter, Microphone, Mike, Mixture, Modes, Mouthpiece, Multimedia, Music, Musicians
N)New, New Orleans, Night, Nightclub, Nonet
O)Old, Orchestra, Organized, Origins
P)Partnership, Passionate, Percussion, Perform, Performance, Periods, Personality, Phrase, Piano, Play, Pleasure, Polish, Popular, Primitive, Produce, Product, Pulse
R)Ragtime, Range, Raucous, Raw, Recording, Regional, Regular, Relaxation, Repetitive, Reunion, Revere, Revere, Rhythm, Rhythm-and-blues, Riff, Roots
S)Satchmo, Saxophone, Scalpers, Section, Sensational, Set, Share, Show, Show business, Singer, Solo, Song, Songwriter, Soothing, Soul, Sounds, Southern, Speakers, Stage, Staging, Star, Start, Stdio, String bass, Strong, Style, Superstars, Swing, Syncopation, Synthesizer
T)Talent, Taps, Technique, Tickets, Timeless, Timing, Tones, Tour, Traditional, Trend, Tribute, Trio, Trombone, Trombone, Troupe, Trumpet, Tuba
U)Upbeat, Urban
V)Venue, Verses, Veteran, Veteran, Violin, Visionary, Vocalization, Volume
Z)Zealous, Zobo, Zydeco
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Eight basic early jazz instruments included: bass, clarinet, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone and the trumpet.

Some recognizable Jazz names: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, George Benson, Brian Blade, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Steve Coleman, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Scott Joplin, Gene Krupa, John Lewis, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehidau, Jason Mpran, Gerry Mulligan, Oliver Nelson, William Parker, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Doc Spaulding, Pete Steeger, Jack Teegarden, "Fats" Waller, Casandra Wilson, etc.

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1. How did jazz begin? What influences helped develop jazz?
2. In the 1920's, a period often referred to as the Golden Age, there were many outstanding musicians. Name three or four of them. Write paragraphs about them and the influences they played in music.
3. Another important period of time is called the Swing Era. Name some of the bands and performers.
4. Choose four or five of the performers above and discuss their talents and contributions. offers more than 600 word lists. To see more Music word lists, go to the home page for word games, interactive word puzzles and themed content that align with Common Core Standards. 2500 pages of free content are available only online. There are no fees, no ads and no registration.