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.
Nobody has ever been able to define jazz satisfactorily. This is probably because anyone who was capable of doing so never really wantedto, knowing how muchyou would have to leave out of the definition.Mary Henrietta Kingsley: 1992 The Jazz Anthology, ch.1
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.
The jazz band can be used for artificial excitement and aphrodisiac purposes, but not for spreading eternal truths.1941 'Music Policy'.
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.john paul jones: Quoted in Alan Kendall The Tender Tyrant: Nadia Boulanger (1976).
Jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin: Quoted in D Morgenstern Composers on Music (1958).
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: 1979 Preface to reprint of The Horn.
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.
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.
Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.c.1920 Attributed.
It is evidently known, beyond contradiction, that New Orleans is the cradle of jazz, and I, myself, happened to bethe creator intheyear1902 Jazz music isa style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in jazz, if one has the knowledge.1938 In Downbeat, Aug.
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.F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald: 1931 'Echoes of the Jazz Age', Scribner's Magazine, Nov.
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: 1979 Dizzy - To Be Or Not To Bop (with Al Fraser),'Evolutions'.
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley: Interviewed by the "Chicago SEED", November 1968
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: Interviewed by the "Chicago SEED", November 1968
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: As quoted in Legalizing Marijuana : Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics (2004) by Rudolph Joseph Gerber, p. 9; also in Hawking Hits on the Information Highway : The Challenge of Online Drug Sales for Law Enforcement (2008) by Laura L. Finley , p. 28, and "The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana" (1994) by Jack Herer, Jeanie Cabarga, and Jeanie Herer, p. 29.
When I had my own company on Traffic and Coonskin, all metaphors were able to get to the screen clearly. In Cool World, with the producer and Paramount watching me carefully to make sure I was in good taste, I instinctively poured stuff into the picture that I wanted to talk about. But when you force stuff, it's not really very clear. But, I have a great love for Max Fleischer, especially some of his Black & White Betty Boops with their strange Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong black folk tale jazz hipness that part of Cool World was a homage in style to those films and that style of cartooning. The Grim Reaper is right out of a Max Fleischer cartoon or old Terrytoons, which is why I hired and love Milton Knight the artist. He understands totally the Uncle Remus fable like qualities behind Fleischer and Terrytoons. Milton Knight is probably the purest artist of that style in the business. He has a hard time because studios think he is old fashioned...but that's the point.ralph bakshi: Questions for Ralph Bakshi (DOC). Ralph Bakshi Forum (c. 17 September 2004). Retrieved on 2007-11-27.
O.K., I'm a rock critic. I also write and record music. I write poetry, fiction, straight journalism, unstraight journalism, beatnik drivel, mortifying love letters, death threats to white jazz critics signed "The Mau Maus of East Harlem," and once a year my own obituary (latest entry: "He was promising...").lester bangs: "An Instant Fan's Inspired Notes: You Gotta Listen" (1980), from Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000, ed. Peter Guralnick (Da Capo Press, 2000, ISBN 0306809990), p. 100
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.
[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: From an interview published at
The most prolific and versatile of any modern jazz musicianchick corea: Gary Burton