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.1931 'Echoes of the Jazz Age', Scribner's Magazine, Nov.
jazz is an impure art. There's a great deal of romantic nostalgia involved.1965 Owning Up, ch.2.
"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.
A jazz performance centers upon the process of creation. The final objective is not only the finished product, but the path and process taken towards it.1988 Self-Portrait of a Jazz- Artist, ch.3.
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.
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.2002 In The Guardian, 29 Dec.
"jazz is not a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."Ernest Newman. The Sunday Times, "The World of Music", 4 September 1927.
"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)
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