Um unfortunate side-effect of most arrangements is to ensure that accidents don’t happen. The beauty of collective improvisation is that accidents will happen..
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
In order to be honest with myself, I have to reveal more of who I am. This is a part of the improv process.
When the music's over, turn out the lights
The piano ain't got no wrong notes
It takes the black keys and the white keys both, to make perfect harmony.
Too many young musicians today want to win polls before they learn their instruments.
I don't like it when a player says, 'I like freedom; I want to play for myself.' Because the player has to understand he is part of a team with 10 other players. If everyone wants to be a jazz musician, it will be chaos. They will not be a team, and nothing will be possible.
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. .
It's not all smoke and mirrors. Some of it comes from books.
Music is your experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
The blues and jazz will live forever, ... So will the Delta and the Big Easy..
Jazz is the music of the body. The breath comes through brass. It is the body’s breath, and the strings’ wails and moans are echoes of the body’s music. It is the body’s vibrations which ripple from the fingers. And the mystery of the withheld theme, known to jazz musicians alone, is like the mystery of our secret life. We give to others only peripheral improvisations.
You know at an early age if you have a talent for music.
Talent is only the starting point..
Who do you trust?
Darcy James Argue
Music chooses his musicians.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
I wish that person outside would stop coughing..
Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins.
I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch?
I don’t know where jazz is going. Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur
Jazz stands for freedomDave Brubeck
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listenDuke Ellington
An entertainer pleases others while an artist only has to please himselfArtie Shaw
Risk is at the heart of Jazz. Every note we play is a riskSteve Lacy
to jazz, or not to jazz, there is the question!Louis Armstrong
I'll play it and tell you what it is later
Don't ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person
Playing with freedom can only come after a certain amount of foundational study
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
(in Jazz Moderno, tradução de Guilherme P. dos Santos)
Men have died for this music. You can't get more serious than that
It takes an intelligent ear to listen do jazz
Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise.
One of the things I like about Jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next.
What we play is life
Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand
This is so nice, it must be illegal
The essentials of Jazz are: improvisation, invention, swing & instrumental personality
Invest yourself in everything you do. There´s fun in being serious
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.
Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple
I’ve found you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light.
Opinions are like assholes . . . everyone’s got one.
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...
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.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
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.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
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.
I don’t care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.