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Sonny Rollins Quotes and Sayings

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What I am more concerned about is whether our whole
civilization will be around in the next 25 years.
- Sonny Rollins

I think the problem starts with the general appreciation
of the music in the larger society.
- Sonny Rollins

I feel that L.A.
has not always been my strongest base for support.
That can be for various reasons.
- Sonny Rollins

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

 

I miss playing with Miles.
I did play with him a little while before he left the planet,
but even at that time I longed to maybe do some things together.
- Sonny Rollins

Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit
that even American cultural music comes from Europe.
That's what classical music is, real European music.
- Sonny Rollins

But if I didn't have to make money, I would still play my horn.
- Sonny Rollins

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Many jazz artists go to L.A.
seeking a more comfortable life and then they really stop playing.
- Sonny Rollins

It's all about creation and surprise.
It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers.
You have to water flowers.
These peaks will come again.
- Sonny Rollins

There have been many great musicians that,
Clifford Brown is one great example,
I mean he died very early,
25.
- Sonny Rollins

Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades,
I think speaking of the United States,
let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.
- Sonny Rollins

I am a person who thinks about the music first in trying
to achieve something musically valid.
- Sonny Rollins

I guess fortunate that I'm still around and I emphasize
I guess because you never can tell what musicians would
be playing had they been around as long as I have.
- Sonny Rollins

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 think what we need is a more welcoming mode from
the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television.
How about a monthly jazz show?
- Sonny Rollins

I think we are in the midst of this period where we
are committing this suicide on the planet and everybody
is just using up all of our natural resources like
a bunch of insane people.
That's what I worry about more than I worry about jazz.
- Sonny Rollins

There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,'
which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties,
we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things
which will last the world for a long,
long time.
- Sonny Rollins

I don't want to appear hostile, like I'm hostile to L.A.
or that I feel that the people don't appreciate jazz.
I don't think it's that.
I think it's something more.
It's something a little bit more complicated than that.
- Sonny Rollins

I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz,
progressive jazz movement.
I've been fortunate enough to play with them,
a who's who.
All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with.
- Sonny Rollins

I think as long as people are around and can hear a
record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording,
there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.
- Sonny Rollins

Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists,
and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time.
A lot of them moved over there, lived over there,
and died over there.
- Sonny Rollins

My mother came from St.
Thomas.
I heard that melody and all I did was actually adapt it.
I made my adaptation of sort of an island traditional melody.
It did become sort of my trademark tune.
- Sonny Rollins

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe,
for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated
not in a discriminatory way.
I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that.
This is just a fact.
- Sonny Rollins

I enjoy playing clubs.
I still enjoy the closeness of the nightclub venue.
However, after a certain period of time and after playing
around some of the clubs in New YorkI felt that jazz
should be presented in a more prestigious atmosphere.
- Sonny Rollins

I have always been a person who is concerned with the
dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have
been treated and are treated,
and the fact that the music has not been given the
kind of due that it deserves.
- Sonny Rollins

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

I don't know who my grandfather was;
I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior
and the land beyond the garden.
- Stephen Gardiner

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

We are a model country where gender equality is concerned.
- Tarja Halonen

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

I do not want to foresee the future.
I am concerned with taking care of the present.
God has given me no control over the moment following.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is
a jay and which is a sparrow,
he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
- Eric Berne

Where large sums of money are concerned,
it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie

Truth is always in harmony with herself,
and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice
that may consist with wrong-doing.
- Henry David Thoreau

I'm not concerned about weapons of mass destruction.
- Douglas Feith

I was kind of confused.
I thought, Well, if I get drafted, I'll go.
Everybody was very concerned with it.
I had friends who went.
Some that came back and some that didn't.
- Tom Berenger

I just see myself as a human being that's concerned about life.
- Charlie Haden

True education is concerned not only with practical
goals but also with values.
Our aims assure us of our material life,
our values make possible our spiritual life.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The time has come when the whole world must be concerned about me.
From now on, American Christianity must follow me.
- Sun Myung Moon

If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people,
but I don't regret having concerned myself with them
because I think most of us are disturbed.
- Tennessee Williams

I, like many members of my generation,
was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned.
- George Steinbrenner

I am primarily concerned with the condition of man.
- Jack Levine

E-mail is far more convenient than the telephone,
as far as I'm concerned.
I would throw my phone away if I could get away with it.
- Tom Hanks

I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned.
The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
- Marcus Garvey

As far as I'm concerned I've never had a problem with anybody,
no rivalry.
- Soundarya

Not many people do at the age of 21 or younger even,
know how to act nor could be concerned with anything other than fighting,
women and money.
- Alexis Arguello

In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat.
Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business,
its activities, or its moralities are concerned.
They are not units but fractions.
- Charles Dickens

In our family, as far as we are concerned,
we were born and what happened before that is myth.
- V. S. Pritchett

The quickest way to become troubled is to be concerned
with what people are gonna say about your life and your work.
- Ahmad Jamal

The major gossip columnists were more concerned with
protecting the industry than with gunning down sinners.
- Gloria Swanson

Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
- Xun Zi

Franklin Roosevelt was very concerned about environmental issues.
- Gaylord Nelson

The more varied the characters, the better,
as far as I'm concerned.
- Tim Roth

Incredible that liberals aren't more concerned about
the monopoly of information in South Dakota.
- Laura Ingraham

So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not
its absence but the use of higher and more rational
forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Nothing ever changes as far as Westerns are concerned.
They are the same today as they were years ago.
- Glenn Ford

Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children
what we never had growing up,
we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.
- James C. Dobson

They asked me what I thought about euthanasia.
I said I'm more concerned about the adults.
- Jay London

In the past, I tried to be more of a typical session guitarist.
I wasn't so concerned with impressing anybody.
- Brad Paisley

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned!
How sure to be mistaken!
- Jane Austen

I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional
notions of what is beautiful.
- Mark Strand

Where women are concerned, the rule is never to go
out with anyone better dressed than you.
- John Malkovich

I'm very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures.
We've got to be careful and make sure we don't foul our own nest.
- John Lithgow


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