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 The biopic will highlight the creative genius of Basquiat, whose life, like his art, was vivid, complex, and punctuated by the influence of jazz, bebop, and hip-hop’s formative years. Okla Jones, Essence, 5 Jan. 2022 Jack Kerouac lives in pop culture memory as a writer on a perpetual road trip, a shooting star riding the highways and rails of postwar America alight with Catholic mysticism, booze, bebop and outlaw liberation. Douglas Brinkley, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Monk was considered one of the originators and innovators of bebop and his style played heavily with dissonance or the clashing of harmonies. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 19 Jan. 2022 Across five hours, Genesis Noir, whose delightful bebop score chimes with its noirish silver-screen look, slowly builds to a genuine cacophony of color and sound. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 16 Dec. 2021 In his teens, Mr. Harris became a devotee of bebop, the inventive jazz style of the 1940s that originated with alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 He was particularly taken by J.J. Johnson, the leading trombonist of the sophisticated school of jazz known as bebop, who lived in Indianapolis. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 Inspired by the bebop generation of jazz musicians, including trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and trombonist J.J. Johnson, who was also from Indianapolis, Mr. Hampton embarked on an independent musical career in his late teens. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 The Story of Quincy Jones chronicles Jones’ multi--genre love affair with music, ranging from bebop and jazz to R&B/hip-hop and pop. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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