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

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

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from
1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
- Dave Van Ronk

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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

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

Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me.
All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't
think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.
- Coleman Hawkins

 

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

Life is a lot like jazz...
it's best when you improvise.
- George Gershwin

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
- Lou Reed

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

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.
- Cy Coleman

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

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

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

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

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

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums.
I love the new Pat Metheny album.
John Coltrane.
I still like good metal, though!
- Geezer Butler

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

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

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

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

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

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
- Van Morrison

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

I listen to jazz mainly.
Mainstream jazz.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.
- Glenn Miller

I think Wes Montgomery is the greatest jazz guitarist that ever lived.
- Kevin Eubanks

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

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music,
was built to last.
- David Amram

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

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

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

By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz.
- Ken Burns

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

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

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

I stayed with them for about a year up there and,
at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called
The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.
- William Bell

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boxing is like jazz.
The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
- George Foreman

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

Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn
to play in three or four years or that you can just
get because you have some talent for music.
- Wynton Marsalis

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

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

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

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


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