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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Recent Examples on the Web Directed by music lecturer Tim Jenkins, the McDaniel Jazz Ensemble performs many diverse styles of jazz, including classic big-band swing, bebop, Latin, funk, jazz-rock and classic blues. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Side-by-side churches to hold Christmas bazaars; McDaniel College hosting holiday concerts," 3 Dec. 2019 The McDaniel Jazz Ensemble performs classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, funk, jazz-rock and classic blues. Catalina Righter,, "Slate of concerts set for early December," 28 Nov. 2019 Performances for the event include Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, an American and Celtic folk duo, and Bela Sarkozy, a solo jazz guitarist who combines elements of swing, bebop, Latin, bossa nova, and pop., "As October approaches, Interfaith Social Services in," 26 Sep. 2019 Old time, gospel, the drive and sophistication of bebop and western swing all get jumbled together. John Adamian,, "Yonder Mountain String Band a virtuosic bluegrass band at Infinity," 11 Oct. 2019 After his discharge, Mr. Wilber and some Wildcats alumni formed a band called the Six, which aimed to interpolate recent developments in bebop and West Coast jazz into a traditional framework. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bob Wilber, Champion of Jazz’s Legacy, Is Dead at 91," 9 Aug. 2019 While other budding jazz musicians of the 1940s were enamored of the daring bebop innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Mr. Wilber looked toward the past for inspiration. Matt Schudel,, "Bob Wilber, 91, musician who kept the sound of early jazz alive," 10 Aug. 2019 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

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Bebop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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: a fast and complex type of jazz music

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