A Dive Into Jazz Slang (You Dig?) Shedding. Chops. Rataricious. Jazz cats sometimes seem to have their own language. Of course, their words often end up in others' mouths.
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A Dive Into Jazz Slang (You Dig?)

"Shedding." "Chops." "Rataricious." Sometimes it seems like jazz cats have their own language. Of course, many times those words also end up in other people's mouths: Terms like "hipster," "crib" and "the man" all came from the jazz world more than 70 years ago. You dig?

Here, Jazz Night In America takes a brief look at where jazz slang came from, with lots of colorful language along the way.