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Jazz is not a what, it is a how. ⏤ Bill Evans

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Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.

George Gershwin, composer

Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.

Paul Desmond, musician

Jazz is the art of thinking out loud.

Barbara Januszkiewicz, artist

What kills me is that everybody thinks I like jazz.

Samuel L. Jackson, actor

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

Francoise Sagan, playwright

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.

Colin Greenwood, musician

It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.

Branford Marsalis, musician

One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?

Bix Beiderbecke, musician

Jazz vision is a wordless conversation between musical notes and visual expressions.

Barbara Januszkiewicz, artist

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.

Nina Simone, musician

Jazz is the art of skipping obvious convention while still following it.

Eric Parslow,

Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities.

Barbara Januszkiewicz, artist

We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big.

Carly Simon, musician

There's more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.

Pat Metheny,

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.

Michael Giles, musician

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.

Madeleine Peyroux, musician

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.

Ken Burns, director

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz.

Thelonious Monk, musician

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.

Steve Lacy, musician

Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.

Steve Lacy, musician

Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.

Willie Nelson, musician

I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one.

Glenn Miller, musician

Personally, I think young musicians need to learn to play more than one style. Jazz can only enhance the classical side, and classical can only enhance the jazz. I started out playing classical, because you have to have that as a foundation.

Doc Severinsen, musician

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy, but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops.

Doc Severinsen, musician

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last.

David Amram, composer

I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz guitarist and a harmonica player.

Karen Black, actress

My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz.

Dan Hicks, musician

Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.

Coleman Hawkins, musician

When I and the other young artists were working in comics, our work carried with it a particularly American slant. After all, we were Americans drawing and writing about things that touched us. As it turned out, the early work was, you might say, a comic book version of Jazz.

Joe Simon,

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

Herbie Hancock, musician

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.

Tony Wilson, journalist

I love music, I love all kinds of music, particularly jazz. Jazz is an extension of America. There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz.

Jon Huntsman, Jr., politician

In fact, jazz has such a great feeling and great emotional content that it really doesn't require you to have technical understanding of it. I think you just have to allow your feelings to go with the music and you will find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly.

Dave Holland, musician

If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.

Don Ellis, musician

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespe.

Jim Coleman, actor

Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny.

Frank Zappa, musician

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.

Count Basie, musician

I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio - much to my parent's disapproval.

Jeff Beck, musician

I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.

John McLaughlin, musician

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet, tap and jazz. They helped a great deal with body control, balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing.

Lynn Swann, athlete

The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.

Billy Higgins, musician

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.

Studs Terkel, journalist

The French - they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time.

Billy Higgins, musician

It's something that - jazz is one of the few things that you can go and listen to, I don't care where you're from, what you are, what background you come from - there's something there for you.

Billy Higgins, musician

The first thing is, jazz is one of the few things to let you know that there is a God and there is a creation.

Billy Higgins, musician

Jazz needs the help. It's the more sophisticated music. All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't.

Billy Higgins, musician

I think that people should learn about that. In most music, there's one way that you do something, and that's the only way. In jazz, it's a lot different.

Billy Higgins, musician

Certainly one of the more common experiences in the jazz field is discovering someone new. Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers, voyagers. We want to join in on whatever we hear. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape.

Gary Burton, musician

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great American contributions to music.

Edgar Winter, musician

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.

Wyclef Jean, musician

I'm saddened to see that everyone's pitched out the baby with the bath, in that we say that it can't be one or the other, it could be both. I mean, just because we listen to classical music doesn't mean that we can't listen to jazz.

Don Bluth, animator

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.

Charlie Trotter, celebrity

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century.

Jeff Healey, musician

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it's this new arts channel, it's really great.

Amy Sedaris, actress

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.

Bill Griffith, cartoonist

Well, I guess my unease with that is... I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase - smooth jazz, as opposed to what?

David Sanborn, musician

I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong.

Philip Levine, poet

You're just sort of searching for this "thing" and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.

John Abercrombie, musician

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.

Kenneth Rexroth, poet

They always say that jazz doesn't sell, but it's a lie, because it does sell, and it sells consistently year in and year out.

Lester Bowie, musician

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.

Luther Allison, musician

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.

Keith Emerson, musician

As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am.

George Benson, musician

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.

Nina Simone, musician

Jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul.

Paul Whiteman, celebrity

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz, and I thought I could make some money playing music.

Robby Krieger, musician

In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.

David Amram, composer

I'm a great jazz fan.

Vidal Sassoon, businessman

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.

Paul Whiteman, celebrity

I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people.

Bobby Vinton, musician

I like jazz, but I could never play it. You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.

Dave Mustaine, musician

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz.

John Eaton, politician

I also like Western classical music and jazz.

Nusrat F. A. Khan,

The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.

Federico Garcia Lorca, poet

The way that we imitate each others' riffs is something that other bands don't do as much. If we're jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that.

Mike Gordon, musician

I can imagine an utter hatred for the jazz avant-garde.

Matthew Shipp, musician

The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk - that is confrontational. That's just a part of the language of jazz - at a certain point.

Matthew Shipp, musician

Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades, I think speaking of the United States, let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show?

Sonny Rollins, musician

Many jazz artists go to L.A. seeking a more comfortable life and then they really stop playing.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I don't want to appear hostile, like I'm hostile to L.A. or that I feel that the people don't appreciate jazz. I don't think it's that. I think it's something more. It's something a little bit more complicated than that.

Sonny Rollins, musician

There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties, we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things which will last the world for a long, long time.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I think we are in the midst of this period where we are committing this suicide on the planet and everybody is just using up all of our natural resources like a bunch of insane people. That's what I worry about more than I worry about jazz.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I enjoy playing clubs. I still enjoy the closeness of the nightclub venue. However, after a certain period of time and after playing around some of the clubs in New YorkI felt that jazz should be presented in a more prestigious atmosphere.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs.

Sonny Rollins, musician

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact.

Sonny Rollins, musician

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives.

Sonny Rollins, musician

Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there.

Sonny Rollins, musician

I lie around the floor with my cats Billy and Jazz or watch DVDs with my best friends.

Cathy Freeman, athlete

There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz.

Robert Wyatt, musician

I played saxophone, so I was into jazz. I learned from each audience and each teacher that I had. I can't really tell you any rules or anything, but the way I develop my beliefs is really just by personally learning from different situations.

Chad Hugo, musician

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song... that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.

Brian Setzer, musician

I was a beginner again. I practiced hard and used to listen very closely to recordings of American jazz drummers such as Tony Williams and Kenny Clarke.

Jamie Muir,

That's the thing about jazz: it's free flowing, it comes from your soul.

Billy Crystal, comedian

Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived.

Herb Alpert, musician

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.

Gerry Mulligan, musician

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.

Gerry Mulligan, musician

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.

Herbie Hancock, musician

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period.

Tony Iommi, musician

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