Quotations on Jazz

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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
(Keywords: Music, Thought, Jazz, Play, Trying)

My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen - I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Love, Music, Favorite, Jazz, Listening, Queen, Singing)

You know I want to sing for people, I want to jazz people up I want to make new music that they've never heard.
- Casey Abrams
(Keywords: Music, People, Jazz, Want)

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Time, Jazz, Writing)

I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes.
- Mose Allison
(Keywords: Music, Jazz, Job, Night, Play)

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison
(Keywords: Invention, Jazz, Personality)

We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Beauty, Dreams, Life, Love, Family, Country, Jazz, Language, Leading, Living)

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
(Keywords: Compliments, Jazz, Play, Thinking)

In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Church, Temple, Jazz, Meeting, Musicians, Quiet)

At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun.
- Rene Auberjonois
(Keywords: Poetry, Deep, Fun, Jazz, Literature, Question, Space)

People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Music, People, Jazz, Play, Style)

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Soul, Connection, Jazz, Play)

I'd rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll.
- Ginger Baker
(Keywords: Hate, Jazz, Play)

Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi
(Keywords: Action, Animation, Hell, Jazz, Talking, Will, Writers)

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy, extroverted music. You don't have to think about it too much.
- Chris Barber
(Keywords: Music, Jazz, Play)

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
(Keywords: England, Jazz, Living)

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians.
- Walter Becker
(Keywords: Time, People, Jazz, Musicians)

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
(Keywords: Change, Career, Cats, Desire, Jazz, Pleasure)

Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that's it. No America, no jazz. I've seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with Africa.
- Art Blakey
(Keywords: Art, People, America, American, Countries, Jazz, World)

I just got to hear every note. After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery. In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen. I was probably the world's best listener.
- Carla Bley
(Keywords: End, Jazz, Play, World)

Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It's bigger than a word. It's a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It's something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live.
- Ray Brown
(Keywords: Force, Jazz, Word)

We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz?
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Time, Jazz, Understanding)

I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Day, Jazz, Reading)

I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: People, Democracy, Film, Future, Jazz, Possibilities)

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
(Keywords: Being, Freedom, Jazz, Musicians, Want)

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!
- Geezer Butler
(Keywords: Love, Jazz, Listening)

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.
- Jimmy Chamberlin
(Keywords: Money, End, Jazz, Want)

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
- Ray Charles
(Keywords: Music, Country, Country music, Jazz, Man)

Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz, and then classical.
- Jim Coleman
(Keywords: First, Jazz, Years)

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
- Ornette Coleman
(Keywords: Music, Time, Jazz, Night)

When I sang that song, I felt it was almost as if some force had moved into my body. Things like that have only happened to me singing jazz. It doesn't happen when singing pop. I get so deeply into the music, it feels like I've become someone else.
- Rita Coolidge
(Keywords: Music, Body, Force, Jazz, Singing, Song)

Jazz is not the popular culture. Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music. A very small minority of people really love it.
- John Corigliano
(Keywords: Love, Music, People, Culture, Jazz, Minority, Popular)

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
- Elvis Costello
(Keywords: Work, Opportunity, Jazz, Years)

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
- Miles Davis
(Keywords: Ideas, Artist, Jazz, Man, Project)

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- Don DeLillo
(Keywords: Movies, Jazz, Writers)

I wanted to play some more grown-up music - jazz.
- Rick Derringer
(Keywords: Music, Jazz, Play)

I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop.
- Anita Diament
(Keywords: Love, Music, Jazz, World)

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
- Duke Ellington
(Keywords: Daughter, Jazz, Man, Want)

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
(Keywords: Music, Beginnings, Jazz, Rest, World)

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
(Keywords: Love, Music, Country, Country music, Jazz, Pretty)

Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can't explain it. They really can't translate feeling because they're not part of it. That's why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It's not. It's feeling.
- Bill Evans
(Keywords: People, Bugs, Children, Feeling, Jazz, Reason, Words)

In a way, the history of jazz's development is a small mirror of classical music's development through the centuries. Now jazz is a living form of original music, while classical music has gotten to the end of its cycle in terms of exploring its form.
- Mike Figgis
(Keywords: History, Music, Development, End, Jazz, Living, Now)

Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Age, Children, Jazz, Party, Youth)

You know, it's funny... when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz. Now when you're not making money, people think that you're a good jazz musician.
- Pete Fountain
(Keywords: Funny, Money, People, Jazz, Now)

I like contemporary American literature and I like biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and I like writers who write about the human condition and sci-fi is just something that I happened into.
- Jonathan Frakes
(Keywords: American, Baseball, Jazz, Literature, Writers)

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character.
- Bill Frist
(Keywords: Character, African, Americans, Blood, Culture, Jazz, Justice)

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.
- Frank Gehry
(Keywords: Work, Architecture, Jazz, Play, Trying)

As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
- Stan Getz
(Keywords: Art, Conversation, Jazz, Satisfaction)

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
(Keywords: Music, Jazz, Want)

What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word - I love it.
- Dexter Gordon
(Keywords: Love, Jazz, Word)



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