"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
"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.
It is this tendency to play with manic enthusiasm on every possible occasion that distinguishes the amateur jazz musician from the professional, often to the public detriment of the latter, who are regarded as snootyand unfriendly.1984 Why No Beethoven?, ch.1.
jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.john paul jones
jazz is an impure art. There's a great deal of romantic nostalgia involved.1965 Owning Up, ch.2.
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.2002 In The Guardian, 29 Dec.
jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin
jazz music hashaunted America for seventy years.It has tempted us out of our lily-white reserve with its black promise of untrammeled joy.John Clellon Holmes
jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent.1984 Hot Air, Cool Music, ch.10.
Now, our music is universal. It shares the rhythmic content of African music, music of the Western Hemisphere and various lands of the East, and has merged this rhythm with European harmonies, the soul of the slaves, the blues, and the spirituals to create jazz.Dizzy (John Birks) Gillespie
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 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 is sex."Katherine Boeyen (2007 Midnight Jazz Project)
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."Lyric from Frank Zappa's "Be-Bop Tango"
"jazz is not a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."Ernest Newman. The Sunday Times, "The World of Music", 4 September 1927.
"There is nothing but jazz."Konrad Stragier in a poem
"By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."Duke Ellington
I've listened to jazz since I was born and always knew I'd be a jazz singer!jane monheit
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
jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.frank zappa
“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 ... 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.
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.