be·​bop | \ˈbē-ˌbäp \

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bebopper \ˈbē-​ˌbä-​pər \ noun

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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 In the years after 1942, jazz piano styles changed dramatically, starting with bebop in 1946. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942’ Review: The Peacemaker of the Piano," 13 Apr. 2018 With his friends in tow and his protective older brother (Shane Harper) in worried pursuit, Joey follows a trail that leads first to an upscale bebop club, then a divey blues hangout and finally the Dunbar, the famous African American hotel. Robert Abele,, "Well-intended jazz drama 'Flock of Four' awkwardly addresses cultural appropriation," 12 Apr. 2018 Davis played with such top bebop saxophonists as Jimmy Heath and San Diego’s Charles McPherson. George Varga,, "Spring arts 2018: Meet musician Anthony Davis," 25 Mar. 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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