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Who came up with the name jazz?

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Ashley Howard on January 20, 2018

The origin of the word jazz is one of the most sought-after word origins in modern American English. The word's intrinsic interest-the American Dialect Society's name is the Word of the Twentieth Century - has resulted in considerable research and its history is well documented. As discussed in more detail below, jazz began as a West Coast slang term around 1912, the meaning of which varied but did not refer to music or sex. The Jazz came to mean jazzmusic in Chicago, around 1915. The music that was played in New Orleans prior to that time, but was not called jazz .

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