All That Jazz (song)

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"All That Jazz" (alternatively "And All That Jazz"[1]) is a song from the 1975 musical Chicago. It has music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and is the opening song of the musical. The title of the 1979 film, starring Roy Scheider as a character strongly resembling choreographer/stage and film director Bob Fosse, is derived from the song.[2][3][4][5]


Opus, Book 3 by Rob Blythe notes the song uses the 7th chord to create a unique musical effect.[6]


Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives postulated that the song encapsulated the "importance of jazz in the constitution of pop culture".[7] Describes it as a "cynical comment on the willingness of act solely, simply, and remorselessly in their own interest", and deeming this unlawful conduct as part of "all that jazz" one needs to get by.[8] BlueCoupe said in the song, "the ghost of Bob Fosse hangs about".[1]


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Other uses[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Review - Chicago and All That Jazz". 
  2. ^ "Review: "CHICAGO" at the WAC Has All That Jazz - The Arkan". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bursting with Song--Review of Chicago". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Review | Chicago and All That Jazz". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Nyback, Dennis. "Review: Chicago The Musical". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Opus". 
  7. ^ "Popular Culture". 
  8. ^ "Literature into Film".