A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that’s when cuisine is truly exciting.
At heart I’ve always been a jazz man.
Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less people appreciate it.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
Don’t think of yourself as a jazz musician. Think of yourself as a human being who plays music.
Every Christmas there are volunteers sent to save us from the wrath of Burl Ives. They are called jazz musicians.
Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells. Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees. A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra runaround the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments.
Hot can be cool, and cool can be hot, and each can be both. But hot or cool, man, jazz is jazz.
I don’t have a definition of jazz… You’re just supposed to know it when you hear it.
I don’t know where jazz is going. Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
I never heard of a jazz musician who retired. You love what you do, so what are you going to do? Play for the walls?
If a jazz player is really playing, the classical player will have to respect him.
If America has a future, Jazz has a future. The two are inseparable.
If I’m going to be a jazz player, I need to understand Miles Davis.
If it has more than three chords, it’s jazz.
If jazz has to be termed as a wave, then music is a sea, but if the reflectors in the water is the chord.
It bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling.
It takes an intelligent ear to listen to jazz.
Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.
Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
Jazz is a feeling, more than anything else. It isn’t music, it’s language…
Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
Jazz is a mental attitude rather than a style. It uses a certain process of the mind expressed spontaneously through some musical instrument. I’m concerned with retaining that process.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Jazz is about being in the moment.
Jazz is America’s classical music.
Jazz is an art form that depends on its antecedents, there must be respect for the people that have gone before.
Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
Jazz is improvisation and syncopation, with resilience and flow, with earthy elegance, nuance and subtlety, with the integrity of individual expression within a group context, with true democracy in action.
Jazz is like a great void, it waits patiently until a brave musician takes control of space and time.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
Jazz is music made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions.
Jazz is my adventure. I’m after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That’s it. Just using notes differently.
Jazz is neither specific repertoire, nor academic exercise… but a way of life.
Jazz is not a what, it is a how.
Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.
Jazz is one of the least learnable art forms.
Jazz is people’s music, a collectivity.
Jazz is played from the heart. You can even live by it. Always love it.
Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.
Jazz is the continual pulsation of the now.
Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
Jazz is the language of the emotions.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.
Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.
Jazz is what I play for a living.
Jazz is… An open-ended music designed for open minds.
Jazz is… One of life’s greatest gifts: fun found within surprise.
Jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires.
Jazz vision is a wordless conversation between musical notes and visual expressions.
Jazz was born out of the whiskey bottle, was raised on marijiana, and will expire on cocaine.
Jazz was not built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.
Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.
Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions.
Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise…
No America, no jazz.
Oh, jazz and love are the hardest things to describe from rationale.
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.
One thing I like about jazz, kid, is that I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Do you?
Painting, I think it’s like jazz.
‘Swing’ is an adjective or a verb, not a noun. All jazz musicians should swing. There is no such thing as a ‘swing band’ in music.
The beauty of jazz is that it is malleable. People address to suit their own personalities.
The Jazz Diet will make you thinner, taller, smarter, richer, happier, hipper, leaner, meaner, keener, more attractive to members of every sex, and able to do those newspaper cryptoquote puzzles in one go.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
The problem with jazz is that it is hidden in plain sight.
The reward for playing jazz is playing jazz.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
The value of jazz still has to be clarified. People involve themselves with its superficialities without digging for its soul.
There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. They are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence. These are the qualities I want to retain in my music.
To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!
To me if it’s anything, jazz is a verb-it’s more like a process than it is a thing.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that’s not what I play. I play black classical music.
Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught.
You can’t explain jazz to anyone without losing the experience because it’s feeling, not words.
You don’t rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.