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Jazz Band Quotes


"Don't clap I'm not a jazz band for Christ's sake." - Dylan Moran

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

"I haven't a great Jazz band and I don't want one." - Glenn Miller

"Player for player, there's ?no better working band in jazz than The Cookers." - Andy Gilbert

"Jazz is like a great blues band that fell down the stairs" - Michael Buble

"Player for player, there's ?no better working band in jazz than The Cookers." - Andy Gilbert

"Player for player, there's no better working band in jazz than The Cookers." - Andy Gilbert

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

"I love most melodic music - classical, reggae, big band, jazz, blues, country, pop, swing, folk." - John Lescroart

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

"It was liberating to do comedy. It felt like playing in a jazz band." - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarri

"Player for player, there's ?no better working band in jazz than The Cookers." - Andy Gilbert

"I got my first set of drums when I was around 3. I went from band to marching band to Latin jazz band - it's like riding a bike." - Jeremih

"In the Bay Area, there was a resurgence of Dixieland jazz in the '40s - there was the Frisco Jazz Band, and Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band." - Clint Eastwood

"Jazz is America's classical music." - Billy Taylor

"Jazz is democracy in music." - Wynton Marsalis

"Around middle school I studied jazz guitar and ended up playing in a jazz band for a bit. But, after high school, I haven't even touched a guitar." - Mike Tucker

"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

"Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones" - Gerry Mulligan

"Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones." - Gerry Mulligan

"I was in every band class I could get in, like after school jazz band and marching band, and that's where I really learned to read music from elementary all the way through junior high and high school." - Chad Smith

"Jazz is freedom. You think about that." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz music is the power of now." - Wynton Marsalis

"I haven't got a great jazz band and I don't want one. Some of the critics, Down Beat's among them, point their fingers at us and charge us with forsaking real jazz . . . It's all in what you define as 'real jazz.' It happens that to our ears harmony comes first. A dozen colored bands have a better beat than mine. Our band stresses harmony." - Glenn Miller

"My fav band is Rush." - Jeanluc Bilodeau

"Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz." - Sonny Rollins

"Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life." - Sonny Rollins

"[Manhattan School Of Music] didn't' have a jazz undergraduate program at the time so I played a semester in the big band. There was a graduate program. But I wasn't really that involved in jazz yet." - Jon Gordon

"Robert Altman made that movie Kansas City about the jazz scene in the city, and we saw that band all together, and that was an amazing show. That's what I got into. I like jazz." - Nick Kroll

"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

"'Swing' is an adjective or a verb, not a noun. All jazz musicians should swing. There is no such thing as a 'swing band' in music." - Artie Shaw

"In Europe they look upon jazz as art. In America it's a diversion. Somebody opens a restaurant and installs another band off to the side. People don't listen." - Chet Baker

"The first jazz cruise that I was on was '91. I played with Maria Schneider and John Fedchock's band. Got to meet some amazing people that week." - Jon Gordon

"You always come back to Duke Ellington - he's kind of like the thread that holds everything together from the big band descending to lots of jazz, actually." - Herbert

"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

"Well, I was in a band. I was the singer with a band called the Soul Satisfiers. I sang then quite a bit of Jazz and some Top 40 stuff." - Gloria Gaynor

"The way that we imitate each others' riffs is something that other bands don't do as much. If we're jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that." - Mike Gordon

"I'm not a jazz musician, because, I mean, firstly, I can't play anything. I'm not bad on the tamborine. I have a certain way with the triangle. But I'm not a jazz musician ... my band, they always joke, they always say that I'm a disposable, pop, jazz superstar." - Michael Buble

"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." - Art Blakey

"It takes an intelligent ear to listen to Jazz." - Art Blakey

"Jazz is a beautiful word. I love it." - Dexter Gordon

"What kills me is that everybody thinks I like Jazz." - Samuel L Jackson

"Jazz is one of the least learnable art forms." - Keith Jarrett

"Jazz speaks for life. This is triumphant music." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Jazz is so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself." - Branford Marsalis

"Jazz music is a language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

"Jazz musicians have some outlaw in them somewhere." - Mike Zwerin

"Jazz is the continual pulsation of the now." - Pat Martino

"Shut up and let me see your jazz hands" - Gerard Way

"Blackberry Smoke is my favorite band!" - Jamey Johnson

"Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians." - Che Guevara

"I joined a band to hit things." - Larry Mullen, Jr.

"Honorable battle sustains a Sacred Band." - Janet Morris

"Geffen was never supportive of the band." - Edie Brickell

"Jazz is very much alive. Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians playing Jazz music." - Toots Thielemans

"I cringed when I heard myself described as a Jazz singer. I've always thought of myself as a Jazz vocalist." - Cassandra Wilson

"I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician. Beginning at around age three I started singing with his band and jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It's always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded," - Molly Ringwald

"REGARDING THE MARCHING BAND: How much more interesting it would be to see a creeping band." - Demetri Martin

"What happens in the band room stays in the band room." - John Green

"When the band plays fast, you play slow; when the band plays slow, you play fast." - Miles Davis

"If you're a good band then the filter of the band is pretty strong." - Black Francis

"I think that band [Glenn Miller] was the beginning of the end. It was a mechanized version of what they called jazz music. I still can't stand to listen to it." - Artie Shaw

"Communication is the essential medium of a creative culture: the communal sea in which we all swim. A company that can't communicate is like a jazz band without instruments: Music just isn't going to happen." - John Kao

"Benny Goodman's band was integrated before baseball. Even before it was physically integrated, music was integrated. Everyone listened to Armstrong and Ellington. The 20s was called the Jazz Age. It's part of being American." - Wynton Marsalis

"I would sit in at a jazz brunch [at sweet Basil] with Eddie Chamblee, who was a great tenor player. Really a kind man. The whole band was great." - Jon Gordon

"We get along, we talk music.Lenny Kravitz took me to Harlem to see this little jazz show in the back of a church. It was just shitty fluorescent lights and a small stage piano, but this band tore it up." - Penn Dayton Badgley

"I could hear the band playing a cheery sort of music. I don't like jazz music as a rule, but I was glad to hear it that night. I think it helped us all." - Steve Turner

"I shined off high school band, marching, jazz studies. At the time I was too cool for school, I had this professional gig and I was going home taking a shower and heading to downtown Hawaii, Waikiki." - Eric Hernandez

"I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of having the scale of it matching the scale of the images. Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff." - Jonny Greenwood

"My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around." - Louis Prima

"I used to sing with my father's jazz band and then when I was ten years old a musician friend of his suggested that I try out for the first west coast production of Annie." - Molly Ringwald

"I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock 'n' roll especially comes from blues." - David Johansen

"My brother had a big band in high school; after that we continued to play together, eventually forming a group called the Jazz Brothers, that recorded for Riverside Records." - Chuck Mangione

"In the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra we play such a diversity of music, with 10 arrangers in the band, we don't really worry about whether it's contemporary or not." - Wynton Marsalis

"At Carnegie Hall the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time." - Jon Pareles

"I've played drums since I was 15. My sisters and I all played instruments. I kind of started with piano and then I actually played saxophone with a jazz band in middle school. So, any knowledge I had of jazz music was from playing alto-sax back then." - Miles Teller

"The aim of jazz is the mechanical reproduction of a regressive moment, a castration symbolism. 'Give up your masculinity, let yourself be castrated,' the eunuchlike sound of the jazz band both mocks and proclaims, 'and you will be rewarded, accepted into a fraternity which shares the mystery of impotence with you, a mystery revealed at the moment of the initiation rite." - Theodor Adorno

"The hardest thing to do is to swing quietly, with control and restraint. Lots of bands swing loudly. I refuse to let my band play loudly in order to try to swing when it isn't swinging softly. I think that the best jazz in the long run is the jazz that is controlled and will swing on its own terms." - John Dankworth

"Hamp would ask me about tempos in the band: 'Jacquet,' he'd say, 'knock off that tempo.' A lot of jazz musicians didn't prefer to play for dancers, which was their loss, really. But good jazz has always had that dance feel." - Illinois Jacquet

"There are a few things that I will hopefully be credited for as a pioneer. One is my four-mallet playing. Another one is the starting what was first called jazz rock in 1967 when I started my first band, later became jazz fusion by the 1970s." - Gary Burton

"I used to hang out a lot in jazz clubs, and the groups took to a kid like me who wasn't afraid to get up and sing with a jazz band. Then I started to hang out in rock clubs and learned to carry off different styles." - Eric Burdon

"My school music teacher, Al Bennest, introduced me to jazz by playing Louis Armstrong's record of "West End Blues" for me. I found more jazz on the radio, and began looking for records. My paper route money, and later, money I earned working after school in a print shop and a butcher shop went toward buying jazz records. I taught myself the alto saxophone and the drums in order to play in my high school dance band." - Bill Crow

"The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we've had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world." - Bruce Springsteen

"My dad was all about music. He was a musician, leading a band when I was born. His band was active all through the 40s. He'd started it in the late 20s and 30s. According to the scrapbook, his band was doing quite well around the Boston area. During the Depression they were on radio. It was a jazz-oriented band. He was a trumpet player, and he wrote and arranged for the band. He taught me how to play the piano and read music, and taught me what he knew of standard tunes and so forth. It was a fantastic way to come up in music." - Chick Corea

"If you're making money people don't think you're playing Jazz. When you're not making money they think you're a great Jazz musician." - Pete Fountain

"Just because I'm playing Jazz I don't forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through Jazz." - Charles Mingus

"Jazz music is a style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge." - Jelly Roll Morton

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

"I listen to jazz mainly. Mainstream jazz." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"A band is only as good as its euphonium section." - John Philip Sousa

"A national language is a band of national union." - Noah Webster

"Rock Band never got anybody a date. Never." - Brad Paisley

"Despair can be like an iron band constricting the heart." - Jurgen Moltmann

"Now I'm grown up and playing in a band." - Ray Davies

"The Doors really were a band of potheads." - Ray Manzarek

"Every Australian band wants to stick it to the Yankees." - Chris Cheney

"What's a punk band? Hey, who's got a beer?" - Bon Scott

"I don't have one favourite band. I like everything." - Sidney Crosby

"We were a country band with a social conscience." - Kinky Friedman

"Just start dancing and the band will find you." - Tama J. Kieves

"Skid Row would probably be my favorite Jersey band." - Eddie Trunk

"As good as I am, I'm nothing without my band." - Steven Tyler

"With my voice and my band, I can do anything." - Don Van Vliet

"Power is the thing that holds a band of perception together, and a band of perception is life for those who perceive in that band. If the band of perception were to go away, they would not exist." - Frederick Lenz

"You can kiss my Kiss-loving ass because Kiss was never a critic's band. It was a people's band." - Tom Morello

"When a singer leaves a band, I believe the band loses something creatively and the fans are disappointed too." - Ben Jackson

"If America has a future, Jazz has a future. The two are inseparable." - George Russell

"I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest Jazz cats on the planet." - George Benson

"Jazz is something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live." - Ray Brown

"Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman." - Sid Caesar

"Rather than say I play Jazz, I simply say I play music." - Kenny Garrett

"Other than conversation, no other art form can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction like Jazz." - Stan Getz

"Man, as long as people want to hear Jazz, I'll give it to them." - Lionel Hampton

"So much of Jazz doesn't have an audience other than music students or musicians." - Branford Marsalis

"Nothing else will ever capture the democratic process in sound as perfectly as Jazz." - Wynton Marsalis

"The wonderful thing about Jazz is its willingness to take chances." - Madeleine Peyroux

"Jazz is the most fun you can have with your clothes on." - Herb Pomeroy

"Jazz is neither specific repertoire, nor academic exercise... but a way of life." - Lester Bowie

"Jazz has the ability to absorb & transform influences from diverse musical styles." - Andrew S. Gilbert

"Jazz is such a powerful cultural statement that it's almost as if it's intertwined with society." - Tom Harrell

"Marijuana is taken by musicians. And I'm not speaking about good musicians, but the jazz type..." - Harry J. Anslinger

"Are you kidding? That's the music of the spheres, commissar. It's beautiful. Like old jazz." - Peter Watts

"If you're in jazz and more than ten people like you, you're labeled commercial." - Herbie Mann

"Jazz is my adventure." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz stands for freedom." - Dave Brubeck

"The bad jazz that a cat blows wails long after he's cut out." - Lord Buckley

"jazz is the expression of America's romantic self, its sensual potency, its lyrical force." - Anais Nin

"New York seems conducted by jazz, animated by it. It is essentially a city of rhythm." - Anais Nin

"Rock and roll ain't nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat." - Keith Richards

"I think jazz and comic books are probably the two uniquely American art forms." - Len Wein

"Interview, Jazz Professional, 1966" - Dudley Moore

"and will I like being called a jazz baby? -You will love it." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"I've always loved jazz." - Rita Coolidge

"My music is jazz." - Yusef Lateef

"In order to play jazz, you have to be able to play the blues." - Robert Cray

"To me, jazz is the closest thing to insanity that there is in music." - David

"I have a theory that musicians recognize each other and if they are destined to collaborate together they will. Mainly, they recognize each other according to the class they belong to. If they are punk-rocker kids from the neighborhood, they are going form a band. If they happen to be musicians that are going to play in pubs and restaurants, they are going to recognize each other, form a band and play together. If it's about musicians that are playing jazz and are going to jazz festivals, for e.g., then they are going to meet and work together." - Vlatko Stefanovski

"I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring - just chords, chords, chords. Then my father took me to a mountain music and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and there I saw relatively uneducated people playing great music by ear." - Pete Seeger

"[On John Tunnard:] One day a marvelous man in a highly elaborate tweed coat walked into the gallery. He looked a little like Groucho Marx. He was as animated as a jazz-band leader, which he turned out to be. He showed us his gouaches, which were as musical as Kandinsky's, as delicate as Klee's, and as gay as Miro's." - Peggy Guggenheim

"I have very eclectic taste in music. I like everything from Nirvana, which is featured in the film, to world music, to orchestral and jazz. For me, the nineties were about Oasis, because I was travelling around Britain when that band exploded onto the music scene." - Isla Fisher

"It's hard to explain what happens when jazz and punk fuse with a violin twist but it works. Probably because Anson Choi takes off his shirt while he's playing the saxophone. Whoever's not chatting up a Cadet or a girl from Darling House or playing chess with the guys is watching the band. I turn into a groupie." - Melina Marchetta

"There are so many parts of music that it's actually a pleasure for me to work with an orchestra, or a jazz band, or a choir, and use every element that the musical tool box can offer. The world of music I love so much, and I can change the costume depending on the part, and I'm actually in the film." - Alexandre Desplat

"It's just music. It's trying to play clean and looking for the pretty notes. The beat in a bop band is with the music, against it, behind it. It pushes it. It helps it. Help is the big thing. It has no continuity of beat, no steady chug-chug. Jazz has, and that's why bop is more flexible." - Charlie Parker

"I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have from reading novels. The understatements in the tenor saxophone of Lester Young, the crystal, haunting, forever searching sounds of John Coltrane, and the softness and violence of Count Basie's big band - all have fired my imagination as much as anything in literature." - Ernest Gaines

"I spent five years, at least, working with Miles. Together, we recorded ESP, Nefertiti, Sorcerer - and I can tell you; each of these albums instantly became jazz classics. Hey, we had Wayne Shorter playing tenor sax, Ron [Carter] on bass, Tony Williams played drums. That was great band we had." - Herbie Hancock

"I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock 'n' roll especially comes from blues. What we're trying to do is play rock 'n' roll, but other people call it different things." - David Johansen

"Then it evolved into more of a ballad style singer/songwriter thing. And there was a conflict in trying to merge the two styles with the same band behind me. 'Cause the musicians that I would need to do ballad-oriented tunes would require musicians who were more into jazz." - Van Morrison

"When I was a teenager, I dreamed of being an opera singer like Maria Callas or a jazz singer like June Christy or Chris Connor, or approaching songs with the kind of mystical lethargy of Billie Holiday, or championing the downtrodden like Lotte Lenya. But I never dreamed of singing in a rock-and-roll band." - Patti Smith

"I always told the people at Cal Arts that if they wanted me to do Jazz studies, first of all, there couldn't be a big band within 500 miles and that I could do what I wanted to do. And they said I could." - Charlie Haden

"My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period." - Tony Iommi



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