The jazz band can be used for artificial excitement and aphrodisiac
purposes, but not for spreading eternal truths. SirArthur Bliss 'Music Policy'.
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 'Echoes of the Jazz Age', Scribner's Magazine,
Jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America. George Gershwin Quoted in D
Morgenstern Composers on Music (1958).
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 Dizzy ^ To Be Or Not To Bop (with Al
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 Preface to reprint of The Horn.
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself. John Paul Jones Quoted in Alan
Kendall The Tender Tyrant: Nadia Boulanger (1976).
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 The Jazz Anthology, ch.1
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. David Liebman Self-Portrait of a Jazz- Artist, ch.3.
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. Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton Why No Beethoven?, ch.1.
Jazz is an impure art. There's a great deal of romantic nostalgia involved.
George Melly Owning Up, ch.2.
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. Jelly Roll (Ferdinand) Morton In Downbeat, Aug.
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. Andre (George) Previn Quoted in TheTimes.
Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their
brains. John Philip Sousa c.1920 Attributed.
Jazz is a small word for a vast sound. Clare Teal In The Guardian, 29 Dec.
Jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings
with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent. Bruce Turner Hot Air, Cool Music, ch.10.
Jazzcameto Americathreehundred years ago in chains. Paul Whiteman Jazz.
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. Mike Zwerin LaTristesse de Saint Louis: Swing Under the Nazis,