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Paul Whiteman Quotes and Sayings

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Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
- Paul Whiteman

Jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul.
- Paul Whiteman

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
- Paul Whiteman

It's something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
- Branford Marsalis

 

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States,
who had a hard time being accepted over here and had
to play in sort of these inferior type dives.
- Sonny Rollins

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music.
He understands how things go together.
For a chef, once you have that basis,
that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
- Charlie Trotter

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We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going.
What happened to jazz?
- Ken Burns

In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically.
- Dexter Gordon

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician.
- Michael Parkinson

Eclecticism is the word.
Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out
of the styles around him,
I play by ear.
- Ralph Ellison

I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music.
I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.
- Adrian Mitchell

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio
with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence.
That's always a challenge.
- Rita Coolidge

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of
a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
- Duke Ellington

I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form,
has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it.
- Norman Granz

One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing
things differently from what other people were doing.
- Herbie Hancock

I don't limit my taste.
There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera.
I've been listening to what was essentially country music,
but it crossed over to rock.
- Rick Moranis

Diana Krall knocks me out.
I like jazz and I like her simple approach.
- Merle Haggard

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.
- Robert Quine

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G. - Herbie Mann

The only element of jazz that I keep is improvisation.
- Jan Garbarek

The people in Japan know more about the history of
jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.
- Billy Higgins

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums,
new theaters, etc.
that make America impotent.
The good things are football, kindness,
and jazz bands.
- George Santayana

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

I can imagine an utter hatred for the jazz avant-garde.
- Matthew Shipp

Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important
person in American music.
He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
- Ken Burns

Jazz was my first love.
- Frankie Valli

Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through
their feet instead of their brains.
- John Philip Sousa

Jazz really does try to include everything.
It's always been popular music.
But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.
- Madeleine Peyroux

I am not a jazz singer.
I wouldn't place myself on that footing.
I wouldn't even enter that arena.
- Boz Scaggs

Bernstein grew up in my building in New York.
He's a very, very fine player.
When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was
going on in the world of jazz.
- Lee Konitz

Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window
and have a good look at jazz.
And I've done that on many occasions.
- J. J. Johnson

The genius of our country is improvisation,
and jazz reflects that.
It's our great contribution to the arts.
- Ken Burns

What makes my approach special is that I do different things.
I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth.
I do them all, like a good utility man.
- Ray Charles

Everything we did, we did live - and then Bobby took
it home and chopped it up and edited it.
Which is pretty much what they did with every jazz
record you've ever heard.
- Charlie Hunter

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band.
No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
- Wyclef Jean

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues,
rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing.
Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
- Etta James

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who
decide to make a jazz record.
But a lot of people have been.
A lot of the people I've talked to like the record.
- Rita Coolidge

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
- Norman Granz

Here in England we live at a slower pace,
have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.
- Chris Barber

I wanted to make a jazz record.
I didn't want it to be a standards record.
- Rita Coolidge

I missed jazz, kind of.
And by the time I came to it in life,
it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly.
- Warren Zevon

Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments.
It is much more poetic than that.
- Pat Metheny

One of the things I like about jazz,
kid,
is I don't know what's going to happen next.
Do you?
- Bix Beiderbecke

Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and
chops serve a different function in jazz.
- Marc Ribot

Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden!
- Toots Thielemans

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
- Maxim Gorky

Well, I guess my unease with that is...
I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase -
smooth jazz,
as opposed to what?
- David Sanborn

A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm.
- Ken Burns

There are editing procedures for talks just as there
are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
- David Antin

You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.
- Stan Getz

That's the exact concept behind the music:
to take that kind of,
I guess whatever you want to call it,
jazz sensibility - but not have it be about solos.
- Charlie Hunter

I've often cringed when I heard myself described as a jazz singer.
I've always thought of myself as a jazz vocalist.
- Cassandra Wilson

I was exposed to jazz early on.
- Mark White

What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz,
because it is a beautiful word - I love it.
- Dexter Gordon

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve.
I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz
and still not do it justice.
- Ken Burns

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz.
It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
- Dave Van Ronk

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country.
We were all struggling to learn music,
it might be Country, Jazz, Classical,
Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll.
- Jim Sullivan

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews
that I've read is that the more popular successful
jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
- Francoise Sagan

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt,
and that's not what I play.
I play black classical music.
- Nina Simone

I wanted to play some more grown-up music -
jazz.
- Rick Derringer

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons,
but the overviews are always too simplistic.
- Branford Marsalis

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing
in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because
I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here.
- Miroslav Vitous

I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz
guitarist and a harmonica player.
- Karen Black

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
- Wynton Marsalis

I like a lot of electronica.
I like older jazz rather than newer.
- Greg Ginn

I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special.
But I am a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know
how to read music is over.
- Maynard Ferguson

As far as playing jazz, no other art form,
other than conversation, can give the satisfaction
of spontaneous interaction.
- Stan Getz

It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
- Herbie Hancock


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