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Jazz Quotes


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

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

"Jazz is my adventure." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz stands for freedom." - Dave Brubeck

"Interview, Jazz Professional, 1966" - Dudley Moore

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

"My music is jazz." - Yusef Lateef

"The reward for playing jazz is playing jazz." - John Lewis

"To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!" - Louis Armstrong

"It's not jazz as we know jazz here in America." - Les Paul

"I grew up around jazz. I love jazz." - Baz Luhrmann

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

"Jazz is not background music." - Horace Silver

"I love my jazz hands!" - David Dickinson

"Jazz is democracy in music." - Wynton Marsalis

"Jazz was my first love." - Frankie Valli

"Jazz is rhythm and meaning." - Henri Matisse

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

"I'm a great jazz fan." - Vidal Sassoon

"When I sort of step in my jazz world, it's somewhere between instrumental jazz and vocal jazz." - Jose James

"I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18." - Roy Harper

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

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

"Jazz is the music of unemployment." - Frank Zappa

"Jazz is a good barometer of freedom." - Duke Ellington

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

"Bop is no love-child of jazz." - Charlie Parker

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

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

"Science Fiction is the jazz of literature." - David Brin

"Jazz to me is a living music." - Dexter Gordon

"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

"Jazz never ends... it just continues." - Sonny Rollins

"I love jazz music and sad music." - Fred Durst

"Jazz is about freedom within discipline." - Dave Brubeck

"Jazz is the music of the body." - Anais Nin

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

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

"All bad jazz sounds like Woody Woodpecker." - Leo Kottke

"I am a complete jazz nerd." - Sam Amidon

"Intellectuals, generally, no longer take jazz seriously." - Tom Wolfe

"Jazz is progressive, and it's alive." - Kat Edmonson

"I'm not a big jazz fan." - Warren Zevon

"I do find modern jazz quite tricky." - Jane Asher

"Jazz was uplifted by what I did." - Norman Granz

"Jazz is about being in the moment." - Herbie Hancock

"Painting, I think it's like jazz." - Brian Eno

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

"Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn't methodical, but jazz isn't messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon." - Nat Wolff

"It's always fun to talk about jazz." - Clint Eastwood

"I have a secret love of jazz." - Carly Rae Jepsen

"Jazz music creates so many phenomenal figures." - Wynton Marsalis

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

"Jazz is people's music, a collectivity." - Steve Lacy

"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

"The French - they like jazz, theyve been on jazz a long time." - Billy Higgins

"The jazz and blues clubs are like the jazz and blues musicians - they're disappearing." - Buddy Guy

"There are a million examples of not feeling the jazz, but using the jazz." - Zooey Deschanel

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

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

"I think you have to have a jazz pedigree to be on jazz radio." - Rita Coolidge

"I got my love of jazz from my stepfather, who was a jazz musician." - Flea

"I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life." - Kenneth Rexroth

"We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?" - Ken Burns

"The French - they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time." - Billy Higgins

"Kenny G is not real jazz. I don't even think Wynton Marsalis is real jazz. I don't think Harry Connick Jr. is real jazz. If there is such a thing as real jazz, The Lounge Lizards is real jazz, Henry Threadgill is real jazz, Bill Frisell is real jazz, you know?" - John Lurie

"You can't teach it [jazz singing]. There's nobody who can teach you how to sing jazz. Either you know how to sing jazz, or you don't." - Tony Bennett

"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 music just resonates with the frequency of me." - Esperanza Spalding

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

"Jazz was home. It created a hunger within me." - Dianne Reeves

"Nothing says "i came here to win" like jazz hands" - Josh Ramsay

"I also like Western classical music and jazz." - Nusrat F. A. Khan

"Is jazz a rhythm, or is it a vibration?" - Anthony Braxton

"Jazz is what I play for a living." - Louis Armstrong

"Astronomers, like burglars and jazz musicians, operate best at night." - Miles Kington

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

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

"To me, jazz is a place where anything is possible." - Bill Frisell

"Jazz is a state of mind. There's no boundaries." - Robert Glasper

"Jazz isn't what you do; it's how you do it." - Fats Waller

"Being grown-up is boring. Besides, I don't get jazz." - Patrick Star

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

"Jazz is restless. It won't stay put & it never will." - J J Johnson

"Jazz music will continue to thrive, possibly in unexpected ways." - Pat Metheny

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

"An entire composition written in jazz could not live." - George Gershwin

"Kenny Burrell is the grand master of jazz guitar." - Dizzy Gillespie

"The rhythm of life is a jazz rhythm" - Langston Hughes

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

"Jazz will be the classical music of the future." - Dizzy Gillespie

"Jazz groups have to make a living any way." - Lester Bowie

"[Jazz musicians] feel comfortable with their cliches, you know." - Miles Davis

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

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

"Jazz is my comfort music, like comfort food." - Molly Ringwald

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

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

"Phil Robson is a disturbingly good jazz guitar player!" - Dave Liebman

"I'd rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll." - Ginger Baker

"The only element of jazz that I keep is improvisation." - Jan Garbarek

"Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music." - Jan Hammer

"Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities." - Barbara Januszkiewicz

"Jazz is the art of thinking out loud." - Barbara Januszkiewicz

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

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

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

"I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s." - Rita Coolidge

"I wanted to play some more grown-up music - jazz." - Rick Derringer

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

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

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

"I also like Western classical music and jazz." - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

"To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G." - Herbie Mann

"I'm a pianist - I studied jazz piano in college." - Cory Michael Smith

"The way I was singing the songs was jazz" - Van Morrison

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

"I like rock music. I like jazz better, though." - Clarke Peters

"I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz." - Jon Secada

"Jazz can be so serious, no sense of humor." - Chad Smith

"I've got wide tastes, but I don't like jazz." - Terry Pratchett

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

"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

"And I used to listen to a lot of jazz." - Debra Wilson

"I would say that jazz is my own language." - Amy Winehouse

"I was totally into jazz in my teens." - Andy Summers

"Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden!" - Toots Thielemans

"There's so much spirit of integration and democracy in jazz." - Wynton Marsalis

"A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm." - Ken Burns

"Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm." - Jelly Roll Morton

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

"Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme." - Richard Holbrooke

"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

"As jazz fans, it was amusing for us to play jazz harmonies on these big, ugly electric guitars." - Donald Fagen

"I'm a jazz musician by education and vocation, but I don't think jazz should [ dictate] what I want to do." - Dave Douglas



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