What Is Bebop? A Guide to the History and Sound of Bebop

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 24, 2022 • 3 min read

When bebop music first hit the jazz scene, it didn't suit everybody's tastes—its fast pace and experimental nature meant it wasn't danceable. Bebop, which was more cerebral than prior jazz styles, marked a shift from jazz as entertainment to jazz as an intellectual art form.