Jazz Quotes

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

George Foreman

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

(...) pero escuchar a Billie Holiday era una tristeza hermosa que daba ganas de acostarse y llorar de felicidad (...)

Julio Cortázar 

When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air, you can never capture it again.

Eric Dolphy

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..

Bill Brufford

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.

Lou Reed

In order to be honest with myself, I have to reveal more of who I am. This is a part of the improv process.

Brian Blade

When the music's over, turn out the lights

Jim Morrison

The piano ain't got no wrong notes

Thelonious Monk

It takes the black keys and the white keys both, to make perfect harmony.

Benny Goodman

Too many young musicians today want to win polls before they learn their instruments.

Benny Goodman

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.

Pep Guardiola

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. .

Duke Ellington

It's not all smoke and mirrors. Some of it comes from books.

Charlie Parker

Music is your experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.

Charlie Parker

The blues and jazz will live forever, ... So will the Delta and the Big Easy..

Jack Nicholson

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.

Anaïs Nin

You know at an early age if you have a talent for music.

Patricia Barber

Talent is only the starting point..

Irving Berlin

Who do you trust?

Darcy James Argue

Music chooses his musicians.

Patricia Barber

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.

Duke Ellington

I wish that person outside would stop coughing..

Lee Konitz

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.

Dizzy Gillespie

I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch?

Thelonious Monk

I don’t know where jazz is going. Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.

Thelonious Monk

Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur

Boris Vian

Jazz stands for freedom

Dave Brubeck

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