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An Alternative List of

Musical Definitions

for Jazz Musicians

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Arrangement - Coming to an agreement with other musicians about the way you have organised a piece of music.

 

Bongo - French for 'Good To Go'.

 

Can-Can - Musician's reassuring mantra.

 

Capriccio – A quick coffee.

 

Cha Cha - Tea for two.

 

Chamber Music – Music of convenience.

 

Da Capo - Ruthless bandleader who makes offers you can't refuse.

 

Whiplash Fletcher

 

Drone - Jazz played robotically rather than by a musician
e.g. as in 'Flying Home (by remote control)' or Angel Eyes in the Skies.

 

Galliard - Similar to a slim guitar player / pianist.

 

Slim Gaillard

 

 

Gregorian Chant – Impatient Gregory Porter Fans.

 

Harmonic - Mouth Organ with a note missing.

 

Hymn - Sexist term applied to a piece of religious music. Similarly the word 'Amen' is used rather than 'Awomen'.

 

Metronome – Busker of short stature on the Paris Metro.1

 

Metronome

 

 

Modulation - Mad about Lambrettas, Paul Weller and The Jam.

 

Nachtmusik - Term used by people who don't understand jazz. (as in: 'That's Nachtmusik!')

 

Obbligato - Student or Manager's fees.

 

Oboe - Wandering musician of no fixed abode.

 

Yusef Lateef

 

 

One Step - Predecessor of Hip-Hop

 

Orchestration – a musical arrangement cut off in its prime.

 

Overture - Passing from one soloist to another.

 

Piped Music – Music indigenous to the Scottish Highlands and Dagenham.1

 

Piped Music

 

 

Quadrille - Strange dance where participants get thrown out to sea with lobsters.

 

Lobster Quadrille

 

 

Quaver – Stage fright.1

 

Relative major and minor - Sister in the Salvation Army and brother who plays with the colliery brass band.

 

Guys and Dolls image

 

 

Rubato – Music for a foot massage.

 

Runs – after effects of a vindaloo.1

 

Sackbut - Bags' Groove (sometimes played by an early form of trombone).

 

Singspiel - Rap

 

Solo - A note by a single instrument or voice as far down the register as possible.

 

Bass and Baritone sax

 

 

 

Soprano - Gangster's girlfriend who wants to be a singer.

 

The Sopranos

 

 

 

Spinet - Skill acquired by DJs

 

Subdominant – Masochist.1

 

Suite - Praise for a solo or a piece of music.

 

Super Tonic - A tonic that comes with the gin already in it.

 

Gin and Tonic

 

 

Tremolo - Member of Brian Poole's band.

 

Brian Poole and the Tremoloes


 

Triad – booking agency operating from Chinatown.1

 

Trill - Birdsong effect or an exciting piece of Irish improvisation.

 

Xylophone – Small toy musical instrument often given as gifts to children who show their appreciation by playing it constantly, over and over, all day long; see also ‘drums’.

 

Yerba Buena – Spanish for ‘Good Grass’.1

 

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If you would like to add to our list of definitions for jazz musicians please contact us.

 

1 - With thanks to Ron Rubin


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