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.
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley
jazz is an impure art. There's a great deal of romantic nostalgia involved.
"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."
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
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.
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
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 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.
When jazz is played in another nation, it is called American. When it is played in another country, it sounds false. jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin
An entire composition written in jazz could not live.George Gershwin
"There is nothing but jazz."
jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin
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.
I've listened to jazz since I was born and always knew I'd be a jazz singer!jane monheit
jazz is the false liquidation of art instead of utopia becoming reality it disappears from the picture.theodor adorno
jazz I regard as an American folk music; not the only one, but a very powerful one which is probably in the blood and feeling of the American people more than any other style of folk music.George Gershwin
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