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.
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 keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley
An entire composition written in jazz could not live.George Gershwin
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.
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."
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
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
Jane Monheit is skyrocketing up the jazz charts. By next year, we won't be able to get her.jane monheit
The beauty of America, neither cool jazz nor devoured Egyptianheroes, lies inlives in the darkness I inhabit in the midst of sterile millions.Frank O'Hara
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.
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.
"There is a view that jazz is 'evil' because it comes from evil people, but actually the greatest priests on 52nd Street and on the streets of New York City were the musicians. They were doing the greatest healing work. They knew how to punch through music that would cure and make people feel good."
"There is nothing but jazz."
jazz is a small word for a vast sound.
jazz musicians are not demigods. Theyare warm, vulnerablehumanbeings with a desperateneedtogo on paying the rent.
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.
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."
"jazz is sex."