John O'Farrell 'The Best a Man Can Get' (1999)
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.
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
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.
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 a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."Ernest Newman. The Sunday Times, "The World of Music", 4 September 1927.
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