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
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
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.duke ellington
Ladies and gentlemen, please don't associate me with any of this. This is not jazz. These are sick people.Charles Mingus
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 could hear the band playing a cheery sort of music. I don’t like jazz music as a rule, but I was glad to hear it that night. I think it helped us all.”steve turner
Anyone who's just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do jazz hands.craig ferguson
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."
jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.George Gershwin
jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.john paul jones
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
"jazz is not a 'form' but a collection of tags and tricks."
"jazz is not dead, it just smells funny."