Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.
Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
What kills me is that everybody thinks I like jazz.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
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Jazz is the art of thinking out loud.
Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
Jazz is not a what, it is a how.
A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?
Jazz vision is a wordless conversation between musical notes and visual expressions.
It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
When I was a little kid I thought I would grow up to be black and sing jazz in nightclubs.
There's more bad music in jazz than any other form.
Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.
Jazz is the art of skipping obvious convention while still following it.
Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music.
He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics.
Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities.
I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.
Jazz really does try to include everything.
It's always been popular music. But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.
We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands.
Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.
We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language.
Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular.
And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc.
that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm.
I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.
My faith is the grand drama of my life.
I'm a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith. I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none.
It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.
Jazz is the big brother of the blues.
If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
Something was still there, that something that distinguishes an artist from a performer: the revealing of self. Here I be. Not for long, but here I be. In sensing her mortality, we sensed our own.
Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal. They are a kind of common denominator, a kind of scheme for pre-scheduled, mass emotions.
Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth.
The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
Every 'mistake' is an opportunity in jazz.
Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window and have a good look at jazz. And I've done that on many occasions.
What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.
My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen - I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz.
You know I want to sing for people, I want to jazz people up I want to make new music that they've never heard.
Jazz vision is the fusion of music and art a real paradox of same-yet different.
Here we play in exchanges, like the hardness of the key of c# major and from the softness of Db major - capturing, reflecting and improvising.
Jazz vision for me is seeing my art in musical term.
It offers me an visual expressions in an ever-changing musical palette.
Even though I left for a year, I grew here as a Jazz man.
If I'm fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, I will go as a Jazz man.
I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards - Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin.
But if you want to be a songwriter-based musician, whether you play punk or rock or country or jazz, whatever, you have to work on your songwriting and you have to work on being able to play in front of people, I think. That performance is how you create the groundwork for a lasting career.
I love the sounds of Latin jazz, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, all that stuff. I'm a radio kid.
Music is a huge part of my life, I enjoy every genre of music from jazz to country, and I even get down with a bit of hip hop.
I'm a great jazz fan.