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periodical
09-08-2013, 08:09 AM
So for a class I have to talk for 2-3 minutes about a use of the word "jazz" outside of music. I've come up with; jazzed about it, all that jazz, Jaz drives(!), and jazzing it up. I'm trying to do enough research on Jaz drives to make it worthwhile, but help me brainstorm anyway!

Scypho
09-08-2013, 08:25 AM
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs36/f/2008/254/2/1/Jazz_Hands_by_batchix.jpg

Stephen
09-08-2013, 08:43 AM
Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman? Founded one of the most influential bands of the 1980's, disbanded to move to Iceland to survive some crazy Apocalypse, reformed the band when the Apocalypse never showed, found moderate success on the British pop-charts, composer in residence for the New Zealand and Prague Symphony Orchestras, at 53 years old is still among the most bad-ass lead vocalists on the planet.

Olli T
09-08-2013, 08:50 AM
DJ Jazzy Jeff (& the Fresh Prince)!

periodical
09-08-2013, 08:59 AM
I thought of Jazzy Jeff, but not sure if it qualifies cause it's music related, while not related to the genre. Jazz hands is strong, I'm sorta tempted to cram as many as I can into my 2 minutes, stealing everyone else's thunder. I gotta do some googling on that Coleman guy.

Stephen
09-08-2013, 09:06 AM
Jazzercise? Though that might also be considered music-related.

BŁge
09-08-2013, 09:12 AM
http://0.tqn.com/d/create/1/0/J/T/3/-/aladdin.jpg

periodical
09-08-2013, 09:58 AM
Actually Jasmine was already discussed, since it's a possible/partial source for the name of the music genre. Jasmine perfume was popular in brothels in Louisiana around the early 20th century, and along with about 8 other origins, Jasmine had something to do with the name Jazz becoming popular.

Jazzercise is definitely a doable 2-minute talk, possible with some classy A/V samples.

madhair60
09-08-2013, 10:29 AM
http://i.imgur.com/wztltvf.jpg

Madmachine
09-08-2013, 11:29 AM
I really don't think it's all that different from use of the word "rock": you rock, rock on, rockin', etc. Music is an important part of culture and expression, and it's only natural for colloquialisms to reflect that.

Teaspoon
09-08-2013, 05:28 PM
I...I feel weird saying this, but did you check the Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_(word)) yet?

I actually didn't know all the etymological backstory, which makes sense of what would otherwise seem like a very odd assignment.

periodical
09-08-2013, 06:39 PM
Ya the wiki was mostly what we talked about in class. The assignment is about how the word has been treated and what it has come to represent outside of music. Fanciness, extra effort or color, "cool" etc. It definitely has a different niche as a colloquialism than rock does, and I'm really drawn to the Iomega Jaz drive cause its so out of left field compared to most other usages. I also came up with jazz cigarette today, seems like a similarly deep vein.

BEAT
09-08-2013, 07:23 PM
YEAH THEY SAID SATTAMASSANGA FOR JIMMY DREAD
YEAH CUT OFF HIS EARS AND CHOP OFF HIS HEAD fuckin A
POLICE COME LOOKING FOR JIMMY JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ

Posaune
09-08-2013, 09:22 PM
jay-ay-zed-zed