165 Total Quotes

Jazz Quotes

Miles Davis
I never thought that the music called "jazz" was ever meant to reach just a small group of people, or become a museum thing locked under glass like all other dead things that were once considered artistic.
Miles Davis
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People say we're a jazz group. But there's no way I would ever call myself a jazz drummer. The only thing that's jazz about us is keeping the need to move forward and evolve.
Alan Evans
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To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Nina Simone
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Some people are born with a brain that has this weird, magical mathematical thing that makes them an amazing jazz musician.
Andy Richter
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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
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George Gershwin
Life is a lot like jazz.. it's best when you improvise.
George Gershwin
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Jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul
Paul Whiteman
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Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
Ornette Coleman
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There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.
Henri Matisse
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Herbie Hancock
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
Herbie Hancock
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If it wasn't for [pimps, prostitutes, hustlers, gangsters, and gamblers] there wouldn't be no jazz! They supported the club owners who bought the music. It wasn't the middle-class people who said "Let's go hear Charlie Parker tonight."
Betty Carter
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He's a legend of the Jazz. Same as John Stockton. They both did so much for the Jazz. So no comment on me right now. I'm not even close. I need to play 10 more years at least.
Andrei Kirilenko
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Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it's this new arts channel, it's really great.
Amy Sedaris
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I approach my work musically a lot in terms of the way maybe a jazz musician would approach an improvisation on a theme.
Andy Garcia
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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.
Wynton Marsalis
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[Though it does a good job of showing off some of the leading talents who work just outside the jazz mainstream, the festival is not particularly bound to the avant-garde canon.] We want to blur all the lines, ... It's easy for people to put things in a box. When events like this are institutional, it's the death of something that could have had some interesting possibilities.
Jon Nelson
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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. ...
Wynton Marsalis
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These students have sacrificed so much to be in the jazz program. They have sacrificed time, lessons and finances. Now they are getting a chance to go to the Super Bowl of high school jazz competitions.
Kim Harrison
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He's so well respected and well liked in the jazz world. This was so good for our students.
Piero Romano
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Louis Armstrong
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
Louis Armstrong
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He'd come in and play piano jazz with the band until the A&R man and the producer would go, 'Are you guys ready in there yet?' And he said, 'Well, in just a while.' We'd be jamming. He wouldn't pay any attention to it. I remember the session -- (it was for) Lazy Hazy Days Of Summer.
Glen Campbell
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Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
B. King
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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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Herbie Hancock
I think I was supposed to play jazz.
Herbie Hancock
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On New York: This city sounds like jazz.
Shakira
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Whereas New York has a jazz industry,
Quint Davis
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It's a terrible shock and loss. He contributed so much to the field of jazz.
Saul Levine
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Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
Henri Matisse
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Herbie Hancock
Jazz is a music that is open enough to borrow from any other form of music, and has the strength to influence any other form of music.
Herbie Hancock
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The jazz always seems to automatically come out, because it was from my jazz days that I learned that spark. And the nice thing with my band and this repertoire, which is a complete joy, is that we go beyond just playing chords and melody. It is music that can stretch out.
George Benson
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