Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.— Sergei Rachmaninoff
Cheering Jazz Music quotations
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being...When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls.
Jazz is not just music, it's a way of life, it's a way of being, a way of thinking.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.
Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
.. In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.
Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once.
I say, play your own way. Don't play what the public want - you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing - even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . Thats what I would like to do. I think thats one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musicians is through his music.
There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.
Each man has his own music bubbling up inside him.
If I don’t practice for a day, I know it.
If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.
I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat.
Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
Jazz is the favorite music [of America].
It is a type of music invented by [American] Blacks to please their primitive tendencies and desire for noise.
Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
I will never again play anything that does not have social significance.
We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we are master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we've been through.
Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.
I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I'm doing .
. . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there's some feeling of communication, it isn't necessary that it be understood.
A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.
To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!
There's a category for me. I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste.
Where human eyes have never seen, where human beings have never been, I build a world of abstract dreams, and I wait for you.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
As far as being a 'player's player,' you've only got to go to Nashville or Argentina and you can forget about it. The world is full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it...it's a humbling experience.
A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.
I don't have a definition of Jazz. You're just supposed to know it when you hear it.
Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.
All a musician can do is to get closer to the source.
The music I like to play is Rock 'N Roll.
I like to rock like a wild animal. I like to rock it well enough to whip a yak's ass. I love to rock it good on a horse's ass. I like to rock it real hard. I love to rock it all the way to Russia. I like to kick out the Jazz and kick it out all the way.