"Music is a journey. jazz is getting lost."John O'Farrell 'The Best a Man Can Get' (1999)
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley
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.1931 'Echoes of the Jazz Age', Scribner's Magazine, Nov.
"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."New liner notes to Giant Steps (Deluxe edition), Sep, 1997.
The jazz band can be used for artificial excitement and aphrodisiac purposes, but not for spreading eternal truths.1941 'Music Policy'.
The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former music is always greater than its performancewhereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played.1967 Quoted in TheTimes.
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
[If] you don't have any soul and you don't have any talent, jazz is what you should do. ... any fool can do it; all you gotta do is practice.stewart copeland
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.miriam makeba
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.As quoted in Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001) by Bill Adler, p. 47
The American Dialect Society (ADS; americandialect.org), identifies the most influential words of the year. For example, ADS members voted tweet as the Word of the Year for 2009 and google as the word of the decade. Ten years earlier, Y2K was the top choice, web was the word of the decade, and jazz was the word of the century.Coopman, Stephanie J.; James Lull (2012). Public Speaking: The Evolving Art. Wadsworth Cengage Learning. p. 191.
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, spoken in VOA interview broadcast on Pop Chronicles, Show 22 - Smack Dab in the Middle on Route 66: A skinny dip in the easy listening mainstream.
"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."Garth Hudson, in The Last Waltz
"By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."Duke Ellington
"There is nothing but jazz."Konrad Stragier in a poem
“When they study our civilization two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the Constitution, baseball and jazz music. They're the three most beautiful things Americans have ever created.”Gerald Early
jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.c.1920 Attributed.
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.2002 In The Guardian, 29 Dec.
jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent.1984 Hot Air, Cool Music, ch.10.
jazz musicians have some outlaw in them somewhere if theyare serious about this music? There is no valid motivation for it other than loveoutlaw motivation in a profit-motivated society.1985 LaTristesse de Saint Louis: Swing Under the Nazis, ch.4.
I've listened to jazz since I was born and always knew I'd be a jazz singer!jane monheit
jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.frank zappa
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."Lyric from Frank Zappa's "Be-Bop Tango"
"jazz is sex."Katherine Boeyen (2007 Midnight Jazz Project)