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Percy Heath Quotes and Sayings

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Jazz is letting everybody do his or her thing with the music.
- Percy Heath

I had to go to Europe to tour and he died on the second day of the tour.
- Percy Heath

Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a
little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout.
- Melvin Maddocks

I love good rock'n'roll, blues and jazz,
gospel, and a little reggae.
- Jerry Hall

 

Change is always happening.
That's one of the wonderful things about jazz music.
- Maynard Ferguson

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers.
If you're playing rock, you use a pick.
There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than
that's just the way it has been.
- Kevin Eubanks

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than
that because he knows that the only truly creative
musician is the jazz musician.
- Buddy Rich

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My music isn't anything but me.
It has jazz in it, and rock'n'roll, and it has an urgency to it.
- Neil Young

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
- John Otto

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is,
does the man project and does he have ideas.
- Miles Davis

For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
- Norman Granz

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

If there was no black man there would be no Rock'n'Roll.
The beat, the rhythms of Africa are what created Rock'n'Roll and Jazz.
- Ray Manzarek

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

I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s.
- Rita Coolidge

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style,
a trademark, so to speak.
They confine themselves to one type of playing.
- Oscar Peterson

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 was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when
the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
- Chuck Mangione

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan,
but for me it took about five seconds.
- Pat Metheny

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me,
if he's not playing electrically.
But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
- Ritchie Blackmore

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

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are:
melodic improvisation,
melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison

You know, it's funny...
when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz.
Now when you're not making money, people think that
you're a good jazz musician.
- Pete Fountain

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players,
Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck,
Dizzy Gillespe.
- Jim Coleman

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar,
as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues.
All of it.
I did the same thing with my voice.
- Boz Scaggs

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

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

Today jazz is still very much alive.
Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians.
- Toots Thielemans

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

I love many kinds of music: world music,
jazz, classical, pop.
- Anita Diament

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and
I did take lessons for a while.
At first I tried to write fiction by making up things
that were completely alien to my life.
- Amy Tan

So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact
that the bass player could not play his instrument.
- Miroslav Vitous

I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing
Jazz whether I like it or not.
- Lester Bangs

The blues and jazz will live forever...
So will the Delta and the Big Easy.
- Jack Nicholson

You need better technique than I have to play jazz,
but what you have to do is the same thing,
isn't it?
- Charlie Watts

I'm not a jazz singer.
- Boz Scaggs

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, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
- Bill Griffith

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

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

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

I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it.
It's not for me.
- Ted Rall

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked.
That's what I apply to everything.
- Van Morrison

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio,
it's this new arts channel, it's really great.
- Amy Sedaris

I think more than writers, the major influences on
me have been European movies,
jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- Don DeLillo

I'm not a big jazz fan.
- Warren Zevon

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

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 economic picture in the States today doesn't allow
for jazz concerts in a tour fashion.
People now are too used to the Festival,
which gives them more names for the same price.
- Norman Granz

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

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.
- Steve Lacy

The month of September is Women in Jazz,
so I'm doing jazz there in September.
I'm in for the duration.
- Rita Coolidge

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

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy,
but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is,
in the realm of symphonic pops.
- Doc Severinsen

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

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

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

When I was doing jazz concerts in America,
I would use the biggest names I could find.
- Norman Granz

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang,
like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
- Mose Allison

I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool.
- John Otto

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

I'm concerned with trend.
I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
- Norman Granz

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again,
some jazz.
- Alan Vega

There's a certain phraseology involved in jazz,
and I've moved away from that.
- Jan Garbarek

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

I'm always looking for ways to develop as an artist,
especially as a jazz artist-to find different ways of testing my voice.
- Cassandra Wilson

I was totally into jazz in my teens.
- Andy Summers

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools
module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
- Colin Greenwood

Risk is at the heart of jazz.
Every note we play is a risk.
- Steve Lacy

I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary,
pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends.
- Walter Becker


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