quote by Charlie Parker

Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you.

— Charlie Parker

Contentment Saxophone quotations

I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.

I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument.

The clarinet was what we call a double.

I practice my saxophone three hours a day.

I'm not saying I'm particularly special, but if you do something three hours a day for forty years, you get pretty good at it.

If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it's like the human voice.

I wanted to play saxophone, but all I could get were a few squeaks.

I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful!

The saxophone is so human. Its tendency is to be rowdy, edgy, talk too loud, bump into people, say the wrong words at the wrong time, but then, you take a breath all the way from the center of the earth and blow. All that heartache is forgiven. All that love we humans carry makes a sweet, deep sound and we fly a little.

That's the beautiful thing about the saxophone.

It can peacefully coexist with just about anything - whether it's hip-hop, rap, rock music, pop, R&B or jazz, there's a place for the saxophone in all of those styles.

The saxophone was created to mimic the human voice and I think that's why I gravitated toward the saxophone eventually. I'd loved the clarinet, but there's something about the saxophone that just grabs you.

The potential for the saxophone is unlimited.

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.

Bill Clinton is like a lot of white politicians.

They eat soul food, they party with black women, they play the saxophone, but when it comes to domestic and foreign policy, they make the same decisions that are destructive to African people in this country and throughout the world.

As a horn player, the greatest compliment one can get is when a person comes to you and says, 'I heard this saxophone on the radio the other day and I knew it was you. I don't know the song, but I know it was you on sax.'

Saxophone is one thing, and music is another.

I throw a Christmas party at my house.

It's not really a Christmas party, because I don't want to call it a Christmas party. But let's just say I put a lot I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.

You can work on the saxophone alone, but ultimately you must perform with others.

So I'm looking to the saxophone as a resource which has its own unique set of possibilities. I'm looking to exploit them and develop them and have the fullest range of possibilities of the saxophone be known.

Making a painting is like playing the saxophone. You hit the note and it comes out.

Tim Price is one of the real ones ! A good friend and a great player !

Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen.

I practiced saxophone eight hours a day for the first two years I played.

You know, when I'm playing, I think of myself in front of the Wailing Wall with a saxophone in my hands, and I'm davening, I'm really telling it to the Wall.

There's so much music out there & so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument.

I was not a band geek, per say. But me and my two older sisters played instruments, so I would come home and my sister Dana would be playing the clarinet or playing the piano, and I would play the saxophone, my other sister would be singing, my mom would be singing. I was not afraid to be musical. That was not something that I thought was uncool.

I play saxophone, I play tenor sax.

The drum is the heart of music. The saxophone can play and then rest, as can all of them except the drums; the drummer keeps going - he can't afford to stop.

The sax solo as we know it today would not exist without Gerry Rafferty.

His 1978 soft-rock classic 'Baker Street' has to be the 'Ulysses' of rock & roll saxophone, giving the entire chorus over to Raphael Ravenscroft's sax solo, creating one of the Seventies' most enduringly creepy sounds.

The saxophone is the embodied spirit of beer.

I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone.

I get stoned, I can't get home, I'm calling long distance on a public saxophone.

My head is achin', my back is breakin', feel I got run over by Captain Coconut and his dog named Rover.

I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.

The worst waste of breath, next to playing a saxophone, is advising a son

I try not to talk during the day when I have a show that night.

My voice is my instrument, just like a saxophonist's instrument is his saxophone, plus also his voice, if he's the one between tunes that makes announcements.

I like what Oliver Lakes does on the saxophone.

The saxophone comes pretty close to the sound of the human voice and when Oliver plays with other sax players, it's like a dialogue.

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