New Orleans style

Jazz that developed in the early part of the 20th century in New Orleans and rural Louisiana. These styles were variously characterized by collective improvisation, homophony, two-beat and four-beat rhythms, leads passed from one horn to another, clarinet countermelodies, tailgate trombone, and repertoires that included marches, hymns, and waltzes.

Dippermouth Blues, Muggsy Spanier (1939)

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new thing, the

A term first used to describe free jazz, c. 1961.


An orchestra of nine performers, or a piece written for such a group.


Improvising in a random and wandering manner.

nu-jazz (also electronica, jazztronica, future jazz, or electro-jazz)

A loose term for music that combines live instruments played in jazz style with electronic elements (especially those in the beat); a style developed in the 1990s

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