Jazz Quotes


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

Duke Ellington

«An entertainer pleases others while an artist only has to please himself»

Artie Shaw

«Risk is at the heart of Jazz. Every note we play is a risk»

Steve Lacy

«to jazz, or not to jazz, there is the question!»

Louis Armstrong

I'll play it and tell you what it is later

Miles Davis

Don't ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person

John Coltrane

Playing with freedom can only come after a certain amount of foundational study

Geri Allen

Pode-se ficar chocado... ao ver tantos partidários da liberdade absoluta (o free-jazz) tocar todos de maneira idêntica...

A evolução do jazz exige que seja atravessado e que sejam de novo postas ... as mesmas questões às quais não pôde (ou mão quis) encontar respostas. De qualquer maneira, bem se sabe que não há "solução" definitiva e deve felicitar-se disso, porque o jazz vive desta incansável insatisfação

Jean-Louis Ginibre
(in Jazz Moderno, tradução de Guilherme P. dos Santos)

Men have died for this music. You can't get more serious than that

Dizzy Gillespie

It takes an intelligent ear to listen do jazz

Art Blakey

So What?

Miles Davis

Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise.

Charles Mingus

One of the things I like about Jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next.

Bix Beiderbecke

What we play is life

Louis Armstrong

Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand

Ella Fitzgerald

This is so nice, it must be illegal

Fats Waller

The essentials of Jazz are: improvisation, invention, swing & instrumental personality

Mose Allison

Invest yourself in everything you do. There´s fun in being serious

John Coltrane

le bebop n'est pas du jazz

Hughes Panassié (director do Hot Club de France), 1959

Duke Ellington desenvolveu uma música de grande erudição, (mas) inclassificável como Jazz.

Se (os dotes de improvisador de Coleman Hawkins) tivessem sido canalizados num meio diferente de expressão (em vez do saxofone tenor), por exemplo o clarinete, poderiam ter-lhe garantido um lugar permanente no Jazz».

Rex Harris (crítico e divulgador de Jazz), 1952

Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny.

Frank Zappa

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple

Charles Mingus

I’ve found you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light.

John Coltrane

Opinions are like assholes . . . everyone’s got one.

Art Blakey

Il y a seulement deux choses : c’est l’amour, de toutes les façons, avec des jolies filles, et la musique de la Nouvelle-Orléans ou de Duke Ellington. Le reste devrait disparaître, car le reste est laid...

Boris Vian

I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you can, then it ain’t music, it’s close order drill, or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.

Billie Holiday

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

Ornette Coleman

Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me the way I feel through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions.

Charles Mingus

Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.

Steve Lacy

I’m sure critics have their purpose, and they’re supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what he did.

Duke Ellington

I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.

Miles Davis