quote by Phil Woods

I have no illusions about being a genius musician. I pride myself on being a soldier, a warrior for jazz. I trained a lot of young people, and I've learned my lessons well. I'd like to keep the flame burning.

— Phil Woods

Most Powerful Jazz Musicians 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 musicians quote A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silen
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.

Jazz musicians quote Jazz is not a what, it is a how.
Jazz is not a what, it is a how.

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.

Marijuana is taken by musicians. And I'm not speaking about good musicians, but the jazz type.

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.

The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.

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.

Well, I'm too old to pimp, and too young to die, so I'm just gonna keep playin'

Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.

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.

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold, there were all kinds of young musicians, talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz.

There's a category for me. I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste.

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.

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.

Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life.

I think jazz is a beautiful, democratic music.

It encourages musicians with very strong, and many times, very different points of view to work together as a team while, at the same time, giving them the space to express their individuality. It's a very important art form and can be used as a model for different cultures to work together.

I don't believe in geniuses, I believe in hard work.

Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.

Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn't methodical, but jazz isn't messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon.

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.

I'm not a jazz artist. Don't get me wrong now, it's all music to me. I just played music and if it's likeable, someone liked the sound, then fine, but I'm not interested in being a jazz musician. I don't consider myself a jazz musician. I don't have anything to do with that word.

People sometimes forget that jazz was built not only in the minds of the great ones but on the backs of the ordinary ones — ordinary musicians.

I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.

I used to sing with my father's jazz band and then when I was ten years old a musician friend of his suggested that I try out for the first west coast production of Annie.

Whatever I'd say would be an understatement.

I can only say my life was made much better by knowing him. He was one of the greatest people I've ever known, as a man, a friend, and a musician.

I think all record companies should be run by a musician.

Just as you wouldn't trust your health to an electrician.

One of the great moments of my life was when I could write musician on my passport.

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.

Musicians should never forget that we're blessed.

We have a special gift that people can enjoy through us. We've had the good fortune to receive this and pass it along to others.

Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden!