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Al Stevens said:
Brahms invented stride piano. Listen to "Capriccio in B Minor."
Yep. A rhythmic genius (among other kinds).
 

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Mozart used to sit and improvise before audiences - Given that his improvisations would have used syncopation too (as did his written music), then I guess Mozart must have been an early jazz musician.
 

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Bach rules

Bach was the first jazzer he used paralell octaves and fifths(harmony)and he often used Dim7. Anyway some of the latino stuff is also jazz and it mustn't be syncopated like some sambas or bossa novas.
 

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The original question is difficult because it presupposes that we can define "jazz" without great difficulties. We can't. However, may I suggest that if we try there are are certain elements involved in the definition that are extra-musical, social and historical. That is the reason why it is silly to call Mozart or Brahms "jazz". I'm suggesting that musical categories are not just about sounds - they're also about social organisation and all the usual stuff that encourages humans to define themselves in particular ways.
 
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