72 Total Quotes

Wynton Marsalis Quotes

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
Wynton Marsalis
#American Musician

[Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says it's very] painful ... New Orleans is like the soul of our country.
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#Country

We really turned it into a jazz work, ... We did a lot of playing with - and off - the orchestra. But we were watching the conductor the whole time. We weren't just out there. We worked everything out in advance. ... We're very pleased with the way it turned out.
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#Jazz

These great jazz musicians set new standards for instrumental and vocal performance in the 20th century. Their work stands as a testament to the creative power of jazz. ...
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#Jazz

Don't worry about what others say about your music. Pursue whatever you are hearing... but if everybody really hates your music maybe you could try some different approaches.
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#American Musician

The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.
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#American Musician #People

Your life is valuable and worth something, and look at this contribution that we are bringing to this country.
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#Country

To put on your suit and play jazz music, ... knowing that many people in your audience have never experienced any jazz whatsoever, you have to believe beyond the fear of rejection. But that fear is part of creating.
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#Jazz

We have a lot that we've offered this country. It's our art form. It's America's art form.
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#Art

I hate auto-pilot playing, ... And I think you know the kind of playing I'm talking about.
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#Hate

Swing ultimately tests the limits of your desire to work with another to create a mutual feeling, ... And that is what's required from the many citizens of this country. I'm talking about sustained engagement in the issues forced by Katrina.
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#Desire

Man, we are going to do what we can do. We are serious about saving our city.
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#Man

On behalf of my city, it's such a great honor to be here because I'm from New Orleans and I love New Orleans so much, but I also love New York very deeply. So it's like a double honor for me.
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#Honor

We're asking for government money - $80 billion has been promised to New Orleans, and we're asking less than 1 percent.
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#Government

Sure, you get angry, ... But no angrier than you get all your life about a system that uses race, class and politics to keep us polarized.
Wynton Marsalis
#Class

Sure, you get angry, ... But no angrier than you get all your life about a system that uses race, class, and politics to keep us polarized.
Wynton Marsalis
#Class

Sure, you get angry. But no angrier than you get all your life about a system that uses race, class and politics to keep us polarized.
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#Class

I am grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for giving me the opportunity to show that in this season of renewal, the people of the gulf region will rebuild and rejoice once again.
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#Giving

The culture of this city is essential to its well-being. The culture of New Orleans is its identity.
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#Culture

Let's get them working because they will stimulate the economy. They'll give people something to come back and see.
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#Economy

Swing is about people, it's not about numerical relationships.
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#People

We're going to kill ourselves this week to bring the spirit of jazz (back to New Orleans).
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#Jazz

The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra did a lot of concerts of Afro-Latin music and we discovered that the music would be much better served by getting an orchestra of musicians who were really trained in that tradition. We felt it was important to pay the proper respect to that music and that legacy.
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#Jazz

It hurts me, it's my hometown. I know the spirit of New Orleans in in all of us.
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#Spirit

Obviously, New Orleans, from a musical standpoint, is the melting pot when we talk about America.
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#America

Our city will come back, but it will take the entire country. When you take New Orleans from America, our soul equation goes down.
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#America

I've always loved Dave as a man and as a musician ... he's always just a gentleman, a man with a dignity.
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#Man

[Jesse Jackson drove that point home with blunt-force trauma when he assessed the scene in New Orleans and declared that] it looks like Africans in the hull of a slave ship. ... we hear a lot of words, but we don’t see a lot of action.
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#Force

Don't settle for style. Succeed in substance.
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#American Musician