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Jazz Singer Quotes


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

"I'm not a jazz singer." - Boz Scaggs

"My mother is a singer, still performs today; she's a jazz singer." - Jan Hammer

"I've listened to Jazz since I was born and always knew I'd be a Jazz singer!" - Jane Monheit

"I'm not a jazz singer, blues singer or country singer. I'm a singer that can sing rhythm & blues, that can sing jazz, that can sing country. There's a big difference. In other words, I'm not a specialist." - Ray Charles

"I'm not a folk or jazz singer, more a hard-edged pop singer - with some rock, and song hooks." - Phoebe Snow

"Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning." - Rita Coolidge

"The most common misconception about me is that I'm basically a jazz singer." - Phoebe Snow

"I was very adamant about not being called a jazz singer, but now I've embraced it. The way I approach music is through jazz, so I'm a jazz singer." - Dee Dee Bridgewater

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

"I'm not a great singer" - Dave Mustaine

"I was a born singer." - Peng Liyuan

"My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy," - Etta James

"I am not a jazz singer. I wouldn't place myself on that footing. I wouldn't even enter that arena." - Boz Scaggs

"I'd like to be a jazz singer, but I couldn't possibly do it; nobody would want me, anyway." - Deborah Moggach

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

"Jazz is democracy in music." - Wynton Marsalis

"Every good gospel singer you can hear is a scat singer; they're just using different syllables. There are a lot of jazz singers out there, and more coming out of the churches." - Al Jarreau

"As a singer you're a great dancer." - Amy Leslie

"A jazz musician is a combination orator, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, poet, singer, dancer, diplomat, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer, public masturbator, and general all-round good fellow." - Steve Lacy

"I've often felt I've been born out of my time, and when I started Fairground Attraction in the 1980s, I wanted to be a 1940s jazz singer." - Eddi Reader

"I was really learning my craft as a jazz singer and working with some great players and all, really growing and feeling my wings." - Al Jarreau

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

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

"The jazz musician's function is to feel," - Lennie Tristano

"Every 'mistake' is an opportunity in jazz." - Stefon Harris

"Jazz shouldn't have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that's required to sound like jazz. For me, the word 'jazz' means, 'I dare you.'" - Wayne Shorter

"The jazz musician's function is to feel," - Lennie Tristano

"Every "mistake" is an opportunity in jazz." - Stefon Harris

"I was exposed to jazz early on." - Mark White

"Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny." - Frank Zappa

"Potter is piqued with potter, joiner with joiner, beggar begrudges beggar, and singer singer." - Hesiod

"Even though I'm a pop singer, I really have more the life of a country singer." - Kelly Clarkson

"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

"I don't know why people call me a jazz singer, though I guess people associate me with jazz because I was raised in it, from way back. I'm not putting jazz down, but I'm not a jazz singer...I've recorded all kinds of music, but (to them) I'm either a jazz singer or a blues singer. I can't sing a blues - just a right-out blues - but I can put the blues in whatever I sing. I might sing 'Send In the Clowns' and I might stick a little bluesy part in it, or any song. What I want to do, music-wise, is all kinds of music that I like, and I like all kinds of music." - Sarah Vaughan

"The world is made by the singer for the dreamer." - Oscar Wilde

"Denice Franke is a sensitive and compelling singer and songwriter." - Lyle Lovett

"I'm Opera Singer. I can sing Brecht, Weil." - Nina Hagen

"?No one remembers the singer. The song remains." - Terry Pratchett

"I don't really think of myself as a folk singer." - Ray Lamontagne

"I am an untrained musician and a common man's singer." - Kailash Kher

"After me there are no more jazz singers . . . It's a crime that no little singer is back there sockin' it to me in my field. To keep it going, to keep it alive, because I'm not going to live forever." - Betty Carter

"Frankie Randall is a consummate performer. He is an exquisite jazz pianist and wonderful singer. I had the great pleasure to work with him on the Dean Martin Show and I'm very proud to call him a friend!" - Lainie Kazan

"Lizzy Parks. Check this out, this is brilliantShe is a fantastic jazz singer definitely one to watch from now on, she's got a great voice and she's a great songwriter as well" - Jamie Cullum

"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

"Lizzy Parks. Check this out, this is brilliantShe is a fantastic jazz singer definitely one to watch from now on, she's got a great voice and she's a great songwriter as well" - Jamie Cullum

"As for music, my tastes are eclectic. Elvis Costello is my all-time favorite. I listen to a lot of jazz, primarily the great female vocalists, and I am very fond of the late cabaret singer Nancy Lamott." - Laura Lippman

"After me there are no more jazz singers... It's a crime that no little singer is back there sockin' it to me in my field. To keep it going, to keep it alive, because I'm not going to live forever." - Betty Carter

"You know, somebody mentioned that I was sort of a jazz-pop singer. And I'm thrilled that somebody would find that, at last, in my presentation, because it's such a part of where I live." - Melissa Manchester

"I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues." - Dinah Shore

"I think the singer/songwriter genre is going to be like bluegrass and jazz. You can make a living at it, but it's not part of the musical mainstream anymore." - Steve Earle

"Every technology that comes into filmmaking is first a gimmick. Think about sound with 'The Jazz Singer' or the first colour or surround sound - it takes a while for filmmakers to understand how to use it." - John Lasseter

"So much relies on the singer I thought the best way to avoid that problem was to become the singer!" - Ben Jackson

"The best advice I can give a young aspiring singer is not to become an old aspiring singer." - Renata Scotto

"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

"Jazz is like blues with a shot of heroin!" - Miles Davis

"You know the rules. No jazz before a rumble." - S E Hinton

"Jazz is part folk art, part progressive art," - Mulgrew Miller

"In my view a jazz musician is a great musician" - Michael Parkinson

"Jazz music is a form of accelerated unconcern." - Francoise Sagan

"Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny." - Frank Zappa

"Jazz: Music invented by demons for the torture of imbeciles." - Henry Van Dyke

"In my view a jazz musician is a great musician." - Michael Parkinson

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

"The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness." - Herbie Hancock

"I think I was supposed to play jazz." - Herbie Hancock

"I did jazz dance for a few years." - Sharon Van Etten

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

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

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

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

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

"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 don't feel like God called me to be a gospel singer. He didn't call me to be a Christian singer; he called me to be a country singer, and I just happen to be a Christian." - Josh Turner

"Jazz is a music that really allows a person to express his deepest self, his most personal self - Africa being the primary source of jazz. Naturally, improvisation and swing are a part of jazz, improvisation being the key." - Harold Land

"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

"Jazz has the power to make men forget their differences and come together... Jazz is the personification of transforming overwhelmingly negative circumstances into freedom, friendship, hope, and dignity." - Quincy Jones

"I started off with classical music, and I got into jazz when I was about 14 years old. And I've been playing jazz ever since." - Herbie Hancock

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

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

"My mother was into opera and my father was into jazz, so there was a lot of jazz in the house where I grew up." - Chaka Khan

"The Greatest Blues Singer in the World Will Never Stop Singing." - Bessie Smith

"Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art." - Lana Del Rey

"ASS, n. A public singer with a good voice but no ear." - Ambrose Bierce

"I don't call myself a singer, I'm a voice, lent to music" - Debby Ryan

"I'm not interested in being known as the singer from Led Zeppelin." - Robert Plant

"The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge." - Marcus Valerius Martial

"They call her my singer-because her blood sings for me." - Stephenie Meyer

"If you were a pretty boy pop singer, it would wreck you, growing older" - Bob Geldof

"I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer" - Michael Bolton

"It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic." - Mariah Carey

"If you hung him for being a good singer, you'd be hanging an innocent man!" - Gorilla Monsoon

"She was a singer who had to take every note above A with her eyebrows." - Montague Glass

"What about Tom Jones? He's made a million and he's a bloody awful singer." - Prince Philip

"RB Morris is the greatest unknown singer-songwrit er in the US." - Lucinda Williams

"Though the singer is silent...there is still the truth of the song." - John Denver

"I should have been a country-western singer. After all, I'm older than most western countries." - George Burns

"Singer worth their while must watch it; Always count your dotted crotchet." - Caryl Brahms

"Because I came out as a singer, I took the time to get an acting coach." - Aaliyah

"I got my first acting role because I was a singer." - Christian Kane

"If I could be anyone, I'd choose the lead singer of Arcade Fire, Win Butler." - Rob Kardashian

"My 1 goal is to become a successful singer and share my gift with the world." - Leah Labelle

"I traveled the world as a DJ, as a singer, as a songwriter, as a producer." - Al Walser

"Shakira is a talented singer, and I am a huge fan of her." - Bipasha Basu

"I'm always looking for overlooked post-Dylan singer-songwriter records from the '70s." - Noah Baumbach

"If you only ever heard Lady Gaga, she's the most boring singer in the world." - Simon Cowell

"I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer." - Michael Bolton

"My idol has been Franco Corelli. But every singer can teach you something." - Andrea Bocelli

"The activity of a singer that sings opera is similar to that of an athlete." - Andrea Bocelli

"The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge." - Martial

"I always wanted to be a singer, but none of my friends thought I could sing." - Nate Ruess

"I like the Stereophonics. I know the lead singer, Kelly Jones, and there's the Welsh connection." - Ian Rush

"I'm no hillbilly singer." - Elvis Presley

"Barry is an incredible singer. He's even gotten better through the years." - Cynthia Weil

"The best thing about the E Street Band was we had the best lead singer around." - Max Weinberg

"I'm a singer and a writer first. I started to rap by accident, being playful." - Kesha

"I see myself as like the lead singer of a band or something." - Wiz Khalifa

"I've been married twice. Most women would rather not be married to a traveling blues singer." - B B King

"Well first of all, I'm a singer. I sing since I talk. So the great ballad singers, the people that sang with so much feeling, jazz, blues, all those singers, they were songs that I listened to, records that my mom played for me, and then later I bought." - Gloria Estefan

"It came from my mother. She was a singer, and literally every day of the week she sang at a different club in a different genre of music: country, R&B clubs, jazz clubs, church on Sunday morning where she was the music director, pop hits, soft rock. I grew up listening to all this music, so it was never one thing for me." - Robert Glasper

"The singer who really opened the door for me was Sarah Vaughan. But I listen to so much music, especially when I was growing up. My parents loved jazz music, so on Saturday [laughing] it would be the "Longine's Symphonettes," and on Sunday it was Mahalia Jackson." - Dianne Reeves

"I was raised on piano and saxophone and jazz music for ten or twelve years. Before I even picked up a bass. My whole family has always pushed the arts, you know? My brother is a doctor of music and my cousin is an opera singer over in Austria. Arts were always a big thing in our family." - Matt Snell

"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

"I'd been a wedding singer through college, but after a few years of doing my best renditions of jazz standards to clinking glasses and the sound of forks on salad, I thought, 'Oh God, if this is all I do, I'll never be able to live with myself.'" - Idina Menzel

"Since the beginning of my recording career in 1975, I have had a little difficulty because the pop stations think I'm a jazzer who doesn't have a feeling for pop, so it's hard to get my records played. Similarly, black urban radio doesn't understand that with my R&B roots, I am more than a jazz singer. So I get pigeonholed." - Al Jarreau

"I would love to do a biopic of a famous singer, like Diana Ross or Donna Summer, or an old jazz story that we haven't seen before. I would love to do that! I would love to play Diana Ross 'cause she's an icon. I'm salivating to do that." - Taraji P Henson

"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



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