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I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special.
But I am a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

As a matter of fact, we put it down because we wanted to be jazz pickers.
- Charlie Rich

I think I was supposed to play jazz.
- Herbie Hancock

I was totally into jazz in my teens.
- Andy Summers

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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

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
- Louis Armstrong

I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s.
- Rita Coolidge


Jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul.
- Paul Whiteman

Jazz is letting everybody do his or her thing with the music.
- Percy Heath

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing
in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because
I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here.
- Miroslav Vitous

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

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

I've always loved jazz.
- Rita Coolidge

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

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G. - Herbie Mann

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who
decide to make a jazz record.
But a lot of people have been.
A lot of the people I've talked to like the record.
- Rita Coolidge

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

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from
the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television.
How about a monthly jazz show?
- Sonny Rollins

I don't limit my taste.
There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera.
I've been listening to what was essentially country music,
but it crossed over to rock.
- Rick Moranis

Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also.
- Suzi Quatro

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

The only things that the United States has given to
the world are skyscrapers,
jazz, and cocktails.
That is all.
And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.
- Federico Garcia Lorca

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band.
No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
- Wyclef Jean

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and
I did take lessons for a while.
At first I tried to write fiction by making up things
that were completely alien to my life.
- Amy Tan

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity,
for creating something that's never been before,
the art form of jazz will flourish.
- Charlie Haden

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
- John Otto

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music,
was built to last.
- David Amram

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

There are editing procedures for talks just as there
are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.
- David Antin

The French - they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time.
- Billy Higgins

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's
Dream' almost every day from the time I was born.
- Benny Green

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also
has lent itself to other genres of music.
- Herbie Hancock

Jazz has an audience all around the globe and has had for many decades,
I think speaking of the United States,
let's say that what we need is more of an official recognition.
- Sonny Rollins

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
- Louis Armstrong

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz.
- Jon Secada

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers.
If you're playing rock, you use a pick.
There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than
that's just the way it has been.
- Kevin Eubanks

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
- Travis Barker

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
- Francoise Sagan

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

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

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy,
extroverted music.
You don't have to think about it too much.
- Chris 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

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician.
- Michael Parkinson

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

You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.
- Stan Getz

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

I don't know who's 18 years old today that,
20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

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

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking,
What is French? Jazz is a musical language.
It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.
- Branford Marsalis

The genius of our country is improvisation,
and jazz reflects that.
It's our great contribution to the arts.
- Ken Burns

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

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums,
new theaters, etc.
that make America impotent.
The good things are football, kindness,
and jazz bands.
- George Santayana

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked.
That's what I apply to everything.
- Van Morrison

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

It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being
snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.
- Andy Partridge

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
- Mahalia Jackson

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
- Van Morrison

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

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who,
in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color.
He used the piano as his canvas.
- Roberta Flack

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

If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music.
- Ginger Baker

I am not a jazz singer.
I wouldn't place myself on that footing.
I wouldn't even enter that arena.
- Boz Scaggs

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

There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
- Wynton Marsalis

It's something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it's unfortunate.
Players aren't physical anymore.
- Branford Marsalis

Jazz is a white term to define black people.
My music is black classical music.
- Nina Simone

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

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

Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.
- Jan Hammer

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
- Benny Green

It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe
that the jazz rhythm expresses America.
Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
- Isadora Duncan

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