Discovery Green Blog: The A to ZZ on the Da Camera JAM Series

Discovery Green Blog: The A to ZZ on the Da Camera JAM Series
Every April, we partner with Da Camera to present the “Da Camera JAM,” a series of free concerts at Discovery Green to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. We’ve got an incredible lineup this year:  

April 16, 6:30 pm (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER) – Tom Borling Trio; Tom Borling Bebop Band
April 23, 6:30 pm – David Caceres Jazz Quartet; Bobby Lyle Trio featuring Patrick Williams and Brennen Nase
April 30, 6:30 pm (International Jazz Day) – The legendary Jason Moran performs alongside students from the jazz department of his alma mater, HSPVA  

To get you excited, we’ve prepared a “Jazz from A to ZZ” list. Brush up on your terminology, then join us for this exceptional free concert series.  

A – A Section: the first section of a tune, typically eight bars; the main theme.
B – Boogie (boogie-woogie): a style of piano playing very popular in the thirties.
C – Chorus: one complete cycle of a tune, one time through from top to bottom.
D – Double time: a tempo twice as fast.
E – Eight to the bar: continuous eighth-note rhythm, as in boogie-woogie left hand patterns.
F – Front: before the top, as an intro.
G – Groove: an infectious feeling of rightness in the rhythm, of being perfectly centered.
H – Horn: wind instrument.
I – Interlude: an additional section to a tune, especially between one person’s solo and another’s.
J – Jazz standard: well-known tune by a Jazz musician.
L – Line-up: the personnel of a band.
M – Modern: the styles of Jazz since 1945; especially applied to Bebop, Cool Jazz and Hard Bop.
N – Neo-bop: conservative bebop style of several successful players in the 90s, like Roy Hargrove.

O – Out: last chorus of a tune.
P – Pocket: perfectly in time, especially bass playing that is ‘in the center’ of the beat.
Q – Quote: a snatch of some other well-known tune thrown into a solo. A good quote is unexpected.
R – Rhythm Section: the piano, bass and drums in a combo, who play throughout the tune, behind the soloists.
S – Standard: a tune universally accepted and played by many Jazz musicians. A professional Jazz musician is expected to know many, many standards.
T – Thumb line: the jazz term for ‘tenor’. A line played by the pianist’s left thumb.
U – Up: in a fast tempo
V – Vamp: a simple section like a riff, designed to be repeated as often as necessary, especially one at the beginning of a tune.
W – Walk: in bass playing, to play mostly one note per beat, making a smooth, continuous quarter-note line.
X – Time. Thus, 4X on a chart means play four times
Y – You’re almost done!
ZZ – ZZ Top: Hometown heroes often play at festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.