To play without passion is inexcusable!— Ludwig van Beethoven
Heartwarming Playing Jazz quotations
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.
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.
Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.
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.
Don't worry about playing a lot of notes. Just find one pretty one.
My brother had a big band in high school;
after that we continued to play together, eventually forming a group called the Jazz Brothers, that recorded for Riverside Records.
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.
Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.
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.
Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.
It's the honesty you apply to your playing that makes music enjoyable.
The style of the music has little to do with it. It's only honesty makes it beautiful.
A chimpanzee could learn what I do physically, but it goes way beyond that.
When you play, you play life.
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.
I tell my students, 'It's an important tradition and you have to go back and hear this music and learn its language all the way through. How are you going to know what's new to play, if you haven't listened to everything that's old?'
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.
Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.
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.
I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz, progressive jazz movement. I've been fortunate enough to play with them, a who's who. All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with.
What I came back to is that jazz is a music to be played and not to be intellectualized on.
I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
I've never heard anything Wynton [Marsalis] played sound like it meant anything at all. Wynton has no voice and no presence. His music sounds like a talented high-school trumpet player to me... he's jazzy the same way someone who drives a BMW is sporty.
Jazz music is a style, not compositions;
any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge.
Dance music-as I keep saying, you can dance to a windshield wiper.
.. a windshield wiper that's fairly steady gives you a beat and all you need is an out-of-tune playing 'Melancholy Baby' and you've got dance music.
Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.
And that's the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody.
You don't know if they'll like it, but you offer it.
Once I could play what I heard inside me, that's when I was born.
The whole point is, give me a break with the standards.
You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record and they want to know which standards you're going to play. I'm saying let's break the formula.
I'm not supposed to be playing, the music is supposed to be playing me.
I'm just supposed to be standing there with the horn, moving my fingers. The music is supposed to be coming through me; that's when it's really happening.
My father's rich, my momma's good looking.
Right? And I can play the Blues. I've never suffered and don't intend to suffer.
You know why I quit playing ballads? Cause I love playing ballads.
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.
Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play. If you have something to say of any worth then people will listen to you.