be·​bop | \ ˈbē-ˌbäp How to pronounce bebop (audio) \

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bebopper \ ˈbē-​ˌbä-​pər How to pronounce bebop (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web New York jazz stylist Karrin Allyson, one of the few out-of-town acts willing to come here during the pandemic (her mom lives here), has sparkled whether doing jazz standards, Brazilian tunes, blues, bebop, originals or Rodgers & Hammerstein. Star Tribune, "Live and virtual entertainment picks: Annie & the Bang Bang, Karrin Allyson, Josh Fox, Trampled by Turtles," 28 Jan. 2021 This is a virtual concert of cool jazz, island music, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, smooth jazz and vocals., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 31 Dec. 2020 The Jimmy Gavagan Trio, all three of them current students of the University of Hartford, influenced by bebop and other modern jazz movements. Christopher Arnott,, "Virtual 2021 Baby Grand Jazz lineup at Hartford Library ranges from traditional to modern," 11 Dec. 2020 Minton’s was the birthplace of bebop; a fire closed it in 1974. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Our Plexiglass-Panelled Dining Future," 26 Oct. 2020 Elsewhere on his new album, Charles expertly draws from Afro-Latin, Brazilian music and a panoply of jazz styles, including the dizzyingly intricate bebop that electrified him in his early teens and laid his artistic foundation. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jazz master Charles McPherson releases new album, launches record label and preps for debut drive-in concert," 10 Oct. 2020 Despite hailing from New Orleans, with its eponymous style of jazz, Marsalis’ musical heroes were virtuosic purveyors of bebop, including Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Claims the Lives of Three Jazz Greats," 3 Apr. 2020 Although New Orleans was steeped in traditional jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll was the new sound in the 1950s, Marsalis preferred bebop and modern jazz. Rebecca Santana, The Denver Post, "Lost to coronavirus: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85," 2 Apr. 2020 There were other bebop musicians playing with experimental forms in the 1950s, like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, but Coleman brought something wholly unexpected to his signature white plastic saxophone. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Radically Inclusive Music of Ornette Coleman," 5 June 2020

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Bebop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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: a fast and complex type of jazz music

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