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I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll.
I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz,
and I thought I could make some money playing music.
- Robby Krieger

The economic picture in the States today doesn't allow
for jazz concerts in a tour fashion.
People now are too used to the Festival,
which gives them more names for the same price.
- Norman Granz

I'm not a jazz singer.
- Boz Scaggs


Jazz is not the format where I want to stay,
but it really is a starting point for me.
- Justin Guarini

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
- Kenneth Rexroth

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

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There's a certain phraseology involved in jazz,
and I've moved away from that.
- Jan Garbarek

Writing is like jazz.
It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
- Paul Desmond

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from
1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
- Dave Van Ronk

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that
it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
- Branford Marsalis

So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact
that the bass player could not play his instrument.
- Miroslav Vitous

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

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know
how to read music is over.
- Maynard Ferguson

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz,
because it is a beautiful word - I love it.
- Dexter Gordon

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot
happenin' in New York at that time.
- Mose Allison

I lie around the floor with my cats Billy and Jazz
or watch DVDs with my best friends.
- Cathy Freeman

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

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when
the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
- Chuck Mangione

Here in England we live at a slower pace,
have more time to enjoy things - like good jazz.
- Chris Barber

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
- Bill Griffith

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
- Herbie Hancock

I still love the whole history of jazz.
The old things sound better than ever.
- Steve Lacy

Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz,
and then classical.
- Jim Coleman

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.
- Charlie Trotter

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

Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me.
All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't
think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor.
- Coleman Hawkins

The month of September is Women in Jazz,
so I'm doing jazz there in September.
I'm in for the duration.
- Rita Coolidge

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical
or punk or rock or even slightly metal,
that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration.
- Ben Harper

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
- Norman Granz

I wanted to play some more grown-up music -
jazz.
- Rick Derringer

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

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play
the piano so I could play jazz tunes.
I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!
- Etta James

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them,
make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz,
and paint colors for those who see none.
- Olivier Messiaen

The history of all big jazz bands shows was,
first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
- Norman Granz

Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden!
- Toots Thielemans

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

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

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools
module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.
- Colin Greenwood

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz.
It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
- Dave Van Ronk

I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form,
has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it.
- Norman Granz

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than
that because he knows that the only truly creative
musician is the jazz musician.
- Buddy Rich

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again,
some jazz.
- Alan Vega

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve.
I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz
and still not do it justice.
- Ken Burns

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

Jazz is a very democratic musical form.
It comes out of a communal experience.
We take our respective instruments and collectively
create a thing of beauty.
- Max Roach

They always say that jazz doesn't sell,
but it's a lie, because it does sell,
and it sells consistently year in and year out.
- Lester Bowie

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.
- Alexis Korner

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is,
does the man project and does he have ideas.
- Miles Davis

I listen to jazz mainly.
Mainstream jazz.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jazz really does try to include everything.
It's always been popular music.
But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.
- Madeleine Peyroux

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.
- Doc Severinsen

I like a lot of electronica.
I like older jazz rather than newer.
- Greg Ginn

My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master,
I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
- Lenny Kravitz

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from
listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz
in New York on the radio.
- Steve Lacy

Well, actually, I don't consider myself a jazz legend or anything.
- Joseph Jarman

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.
- Cy Coleman

I've always wanted to record a jazz record.
I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll.
It's been a journey.
- Rita Coolidge

Eclecticism is the word.
Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out
of the styles around him,
I play by ear.
- Ralph Ellison

I'm always looking for ways to develop as an artist,
especially as a jazz artist-to find different ways of testing my voice.
- Cassandra Wilson

I think that people should learn about that.
In most music, there's one way that you do something,
and that's the only way.
In jazz, it's a lot different.
- Billy Higgins

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
- Maxim Gorky

Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented.
Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
- Tony Wilson

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me,
if he's not playing electrically.
But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I also like Western classical music and jazz.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar,
as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues.
All of it.
I did the same thing with my voice.
- Boz Scaggs

Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window
and have a good look at jazz.
And I've done that on many occasions.
- J. J. Johnson

I was a beginner again.
I practiced hard and used to listen very closely to
recordings of American jazz drummers such as Tony Williams and Kenny Clarke.
- Jamie Muir

Most jazz players work out their solos,
at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary.
- Lee Konitz

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan,
but for me it took about five seconds.
- Pat Metheny


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