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Jazz Quotes

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

I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to
do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band
or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.
- Al Jarreau

I like to listen to classical music...
I like mainline jazz.
- Herb Alpert

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

 

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way,
rather than a band way.
- Gerry Mulligan

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

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
- Mahalia Jackson

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The way that I got involved with microtonal music was,
frankly, through jazz.
- John Eaton

Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.
- Jan Hammer

I think that people should learn about that.
In most music, there's one way that you do something,
and that's the only way.
In jazz, it's a lot different.
- Billy Higgins

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

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

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
- Travis Barker

Jazz needs the help.
It's the more sophisticated music.
All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't.
- Billy Higgins

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

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

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

I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now -
the New Orleans stuff -
a lot more than I did before.
- John Goodman

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

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

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

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

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great
American contributions to music.
- Edgar Winter

I played Big Band jazz music.
I wasn't into rock and roll.
I was just there because it was a living.
I surprised everyone.
I'm still surprising people.
- Bobby Vinton

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

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

Once you start collecting records you learn more and
more about jazz and blues.
- John Mayall

It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being
snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.
- Andy Partridge

Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.
- Ken Burns

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

The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it,
also soaking up jazz.
- Norman Granz

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

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

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

And I used to listen to a lot of jazz.
- Debra Wilson

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos,
acoustic bass and it's a dead standard,
you are going to play very differently.
It depends on the music.
- Lee Ritenour

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did,
because it was a way that I could express myself.
- Herbie Hancock

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
- Kenneth Rexroth

We went to see all the shows.
American musical theater and jazz were very big.
- Carly Simon

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from
listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz
in New York on the radio.
- Steve Lacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing is like jazz.
It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
- Paul Desmond

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

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene.
And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was
that there were too few groups.
- Branford Marsalis

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

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top.
The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz,
are the walls of the blues.
- Luther Allison

Most jazz players work out their solos,
at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
- Lee Konitz

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

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

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical
or punk or rock or even slightly metal,
that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration.
- Ben Harper

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

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

I still love the whole history of jazz.
The old things sound better than ever.
- Steve Lacy

That's the thing about jazz: it's free flowing,
it comes from your soul.
- Billy Crystal

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations.
Jazz stations would not play it.
You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
- Roy Ayers

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

I'm just trying to avoid any sort of generic kind of music -
I don't want to do generic jazz or fusion.
- Andy Summers

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


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