When I was young, I never bought records because my brother Joseph played saxophone and had a record player. I loved listening to his records: The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, all the big American jazz bands, and vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, and Kitty White, a singer from the US who was a friend of Nina Simone. Nobody in America seems to know about her, but she was quite popular in South Africa.
Though the jazz Age continued, it became less and less of an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley
jazz is an impure art. There's a great deal of romantic nostalgia involved.
"While he was with Miles, Coltrane was tagged with the phrase "sheets of sound." jazz critic Ira Gitler had first used it. These "sheets of sound" were multinote hailstorms of dense textures that sound like a simultaneous series of waterfalls. "His continuous flow of ideas without stopping really hit me," Gitler said. "It was almost superhuman. The amount of energy he was using could have powered a spaceship."
There's no future without the past and anybody who doesn't really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it's going.cannonball adderley
Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.harry j. anslinger
I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.nat "king" cole
Ladies and gentlemen, please don't associate me with any of this. This is not jazz. These are sick people.Charles Mingus
Jane Monheit is skyrocketing up the jazz charts. By next year, we won't be able to get her.jane monheit
The beauty of America, neither cool jazz nor devoured Egyptianheroes, lies inlives in the darkness I inhabit in the midst of sterile millions.Frank O'Hara
I took the frets out of my bass after I was getting into jazz a lot and I wanted to have that upright sound.jaco pastorius
When I was a little kid I thought I would grow up to be black and sing jazz in nightclubs.
Anyone who's just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do jazz hands.craig ferguson
I ... started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that's just the way it came out.
"There is a view that jazz is 'evil' because it comes from evil people, but actually the greatest priests on 52nd Street and on the streets of New York City were the musicians. They were doing the greatest healing work. They knew how to punch through music that would cure and make people feel good."
"There is nothing but jazz."
jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.john paul jones
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.
jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent.
"jazz is not a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."
"jazz is sex."