OK, this thread is inspired by the last couple of pages of the jazz vs rock elitism thread. bassically, how can we define jazz? its such a broad genre (the broadest maybe?), and i think it needs a definition that most TB'ers can agree on. note, i said MOST. so what exactly is jazz? i used to think of it as a style of music that was probably epitomised by the modal jazz that miles davis brought to the fore. you know, the type of music where you are only given chord charts and everything else is completely up to our own interpretation and emotions. bebop, swing, modal - music where the musicians spontaneously filled in the musical void. but i think that may be too narrow a view, and it seems that jazz is more commonly becoming the 'miscellanious' genre. i.e. if a style of music doesn't fit in an already established category, it seems to be lumped in with jazz. one example is fusion, whether it be funk fusion, rock fusion or any other fusion. but what do i know, i'm only a rookie musician. what do you guys think?