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rent-a-frog

rent-a-frog  n.— «Nowadays, such behavior is strictly prohibited by the fair’s frog welfare policy, a four-page document that outlines rules, including treatment of hundreds of “rent-a-frogs,” which are stored in a cellarlike room under...

comping

comping  n.— «Hutcherson delivered some of his best work on this tune as he played the straight man to the G-men (Garrett and Gonzalez). Refusing to get caught up in a contest of speed or strength, the wily vet relied on his smarts as he...

crate-digging

crate-digging  n.— «What it is, however, is a feel-good mash-up of beats, scratching, jazz, swing, rock—and one of the most eclectic collections of vocal samples ever. Compiling these somewhat strange recordings, or crate-digging as it’s...

woodshedding

woodshedding  n.— «Mr. Rollins, who has long been lionized, partly for his intense, solitary practicing—or woodshedding, in jazz argot—would often work in the cottage past nightfall.» —“Saxophone Colossus Strides Into a New...

cinema jazz

cinema jazz  n.— «The same goes for moving pictures, whether it’s the grainy old educational clips or the handcrafted abstract strips with which the trio create, and in fact improvise to a degree, a luminous collage of loops and layers...

joropo

joropo  n.— «If you ask accomplished pianist and composer Claudia Calderon to best describe “joropo”—a style of music indigenous to both Venezuela and her native Colombia—she would say it’s an off-shoot of American jazz...