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Nouns:

acid funk
be bop ('50's music)
bob
bubble gum
the fives (sorrowful blues style)
freak rock
funk
grease and soul (Black = soul music)
hard bop
hard bop-funky
hard swing
hip hop
honkeytonk
jungle music
jungle style
MOR (middle of the road)
new ro (new romantic music)
soul

INSTRUMENTS:
88 (piano)
axe (usually guitar, but any instrument)
bone (trombone)
buzz mute (kazoo cum trumpet)
clary (clarinet)
Dago's piano (accordion)
dog house (string bass)
fiddle (violin)
goola (piano)
ivories (piano keys)
little French subway worker (metronome)
mice (violins)
peck horn (alto horn or mellophone)
plumbing (brass instruments)
Swedish fiddle (accordion)
wood pile (vibraphone)

PLAYERS:
blower (soloist)
bone man (trombonist)
bopper
bopster
boss
canary (singer)
ear man (one who doesn't read music)
eighty-eighter (pianist)
faker (non music-reader)
freak-lip (strong brass player)
honker (forceful reed player)
muzo (proficient musician)
picker
potato men (fake players, non-players carrying instruments)
screamer (high trumpet player)

Verbs:

TO PLAY MUSIC:
blow the roof off
blow up a breeze/storm
boogie
burn
cook
drive
gig
jam
jazz
jive
noodle
romp
run wild

TO PLAY MISTAKE:
clinker
fluff
goof

TO SING:
moan
scat
warble

Adjectives:

alley fiddle (primitive style)
barrelhouse
bopish
businessman's bounce (monotonous 2 beat)
gully low
gutbucket (low-down type of blues)
gutter music (New Orleans jazz)
gutty
K.C. style (Kansas City)
low-down
M.O.R. (middle of the road)
party piano style
r & b
ragtime
ragtime shuttle
rebop
rock
tailgate (New Orleans style trombone)

Adverbs/Phrases:

hot licks
dada mama (drum roll)
dog tune (of questionable musical quality)
doodle (play informally)
double (play more than 1 instrument)
flutter-tongue (triple tongue reed)
growl it! (trumpet player to play 'dirty')
paradiddle (basic drum roll)

 

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