free jazz


Definition of free jazz

: free-form jazz marked especially by an abandonment of preset chord progression and a lack of melodic pattern

Examples of free jazz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world's largest free jazz festival expands to four stages Saturday as the Labor Day weekend gathering in downtown Detroit kicks into full swing. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2022 The pair would go on to work on other political campaigns and organize free jazz concerts on the South Side through the years. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2022 Celebrating its 25th year, this free jazz music festival returns with a lineup of musicians known for jazz, R&B and soul, headlined by George Benson and Stephanie Mills. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2022 The series is the longest running free jazz concert series in America. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 19 July 2022 Portland’s biggest free jazz party is gearing up for a weekend of smooth tunes under the historic St. Johns Bridge. oregonlive, 13 July 2022 Reid, who entered the orbit of the South Side’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians after moving here two decades ago, similarly had her classical training tested in the free jazz scene. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 Jazzing it up: The Music Settlement of Cleveland will feature Glenn Holmes in a free jazz concert at 4 p.m. June 19 at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, k20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, as part of the Juneteenth celebrations. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 14 June 2022 The annual Labor Day weekend tradition — the world’s largest free jazz festival — will be held Sept. 2-5, and is expected to return to live, in-person performance in downtown Detroit. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of free jazz

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Free jazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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