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

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

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Young musicians flocked to Harris, who offered advanced training in music theory and improvisation in the bebop style. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Gutsy hard bop, an alliance of bebop and bluesy roots influences, was brewing in the seminal bands of Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Subsequent volumes include ones led by Niño Rivera, a bebop-loving master of the tres, a small Cuban guitar, and José Fajardo, a popular flutist and bandleader. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Jazz Batá 2’ by Chucho Valdés and ‘The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions’ Reviews," 12 Nov. 2018 The main genre here is jazz—anything from bebop and contemporary jazz to Latin jazz and big bands. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Industrial Revelation, playing above with Skerik last year, can’t quite be defined, combining the rhythmic freneticism of bebop with the dance-ability of electronica and hip-hop. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018 There’s very little familiar jazz rhythm, whether New Orleans style two-beat, big-band era 4/4 or faster bebop tempo. Will Friedwald, WSJ, "‘Live’ by Cyrille Aimée Review: A Fresh Spin on Old Records," 27 June 2018 Jordan's bebop-ish jazz is farther out than Voyager 1. Doug Maccash,, "Sunday's Jazz Fest picks: Buffett, Byrne or Benson?," 28 Apr. 2018 Dave Bayles Quartet With a style that blends the physicality of Art Blakey and the melodic sensibility of Max Roach, Dave Bayles moves easily from big band to more intimate ensembles, from bebop to Afro-Cuban rhythms. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dave Bayles Quartet to perform at the Wilson Center in Brookfield," 19 Feb. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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: a fast and complex type of jazz music

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