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 annual festival is the largest free jazz festival in New England and is estimated to be the largest event of the Summer in the City Series, bringing in tens of thousands of people over the course of three days, according to Mayor Luke Bronin. Belén Dumont,, 16 July 2021 His sui generis scores for chamber orchestras, piano and voice are vibrant, freeform artifacts, which consistently rupture the boundaries between minimalism, free jazz, gospel music, No Wave, and performance art. Erik Morse, Vogue, 24 June 2021 For Ravi, the upcoming release presents his mother’s fully realized musical vision, drawing on all her experiences up to that point, from playing church organ in her native Detroit to free jazz with John and beyond. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 There's even a Saturday morning program called Hot Dogs and Jazz, where elementary school kids and their families are treated to free jazz and hot dogs. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 Elucid’s catalogue has consistently tapped into whatever amorphous border separates noise music from free jazz. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 Sanders is the 80-year-old American free jazz great who made his name teaming with John Coltrane and Sun Ra. Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Tenor saxophonist Coltrane moved from a master of bebop to an artist pushing the boundaries of the form with free jazz. USA Today, 22 Feb. 2021 Marsalis, born into a leading New Orleans musical family, rejected pop influences and free jazz experimentation. USA Today, 22 Feb. 2021

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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