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Jazz Quotes

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I have to plead basic ignorance of most new jazz artists here.
- Gary Lucas

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

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz.
- Jon Secada

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

 

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's
Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.
- Benny Green

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

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

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Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz,
and then classical.
- Jim Coleman

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

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

I was really small when jazz broke through in England
and I can still remember sneaking off to the living
room to listen to it on the radio -
much to my parent's disapproval.
- Jeff Beck

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

My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master,
I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
- Lenny Kravitz

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

I listen to classical music very much.
There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to.
- Lee Konitz

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

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African,
something that has to do with all forms of American music,
not just jazz.
- Cassandra Wilson

My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically,
but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands.
And they're tremendously exciting players.
- Chico Hamilton

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

I love music, I love all kinds of music,
particularly jazz.
Jazz is an extension of America.
There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz.
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.

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

They always say that jazz doesn't sell,
but it's a lie, because it does sell,
and it sells consistently year in and year out.
- Lester Bowie

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
- Louis Armstrong

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

I've always wanted to record a jazz record.
I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll.
It's been a journey.
- Rita Coolidge

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

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

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
- Norman Granz

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
- Thelonious Monk

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

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

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.
- Mose Allison

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

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

Jazz to me is a living music.
It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings,
the dreams, hopes, of the people.
- Dexter Gordon

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

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

Well, actually, I don't consider myself a jazz legend or anything.
- Joseph Jarman

My mother is a singer, still performs today;
she's a jazz singer.
- Jan Hammer

Tone on jazz guitars is a real tough issue.
- Mark White

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them,
make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz,
and paint colors for those who see none.
- Olivier Messiaen

I just try to do as good job with the material as I
can and play some jazz as well,
some improvised music, and do that every night.
Just see where it goes.
- Mose Allison

Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral
about what they're trying to say with jazz.
You don't need any prologues, you just play.
- Oscar Peterson

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

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also
has lent itself to other genres of music.
- Herbie Hancock

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

Coltrane was moving out of jazz into something else.
And certainly Miles Davis was doing the same thing.
- Jan Garbarek

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be
played night after night but differently each time.
- Ornette Coleman

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

Jazz is not the popular culture.
Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music.
A very small minority of people really love it.
- John Corigliano

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

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 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

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

Jazz is there and gone.
It happens.
You have to be present for it.
That simple.
- Keith Jarrett

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

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

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

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 is people's music, a collectivity.
- Steve Lacy

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

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

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold,
there were all kinds of young musicians,
talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz.
- Gunther Schuller

My music is jazz.
- Yusef Lateef

The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable.
People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
- Pat Metheny

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

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who,
in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color.
He used the piano as his canvas.
- Roberta Flack

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that
it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz is not the format where I want to stay,
but it really is a starting point for me.
- Justin Guarini

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

Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to
be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived.
- Herb Alpert


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