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There are wonderful things in Jazz, the improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.
For me, the main thing is spontaneity & taking chances.
Not long after we started working for him I asked Bernard if he thought Thatcher was evil,'I said. 'He said it was like asking what jazz is.
Trumpets! Can you bring your... uh... extracurricular tubing necessities next rehearsal?
Blow your life through your horn.
It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
Unlike anything heard before. This is jazz for the 21st century.
Many of the jazz musicians whom are no longer here. You don't realize that it's history when it is happening and then time passes and you look at a picture and you say "Wow, there is history attached to that.
S. E. Hinton
You know the rules. No jazz before a rumble.
He would forget everybody's name, so everybody was called 'Pops'.
Jazz is such a powerful cultural statement that it's almost as if it's intertwined with society.
If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it.
My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
My D'Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller's guitar player in 1939. It's a '39 D'Angelico New Yorker.
Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
Toca el jazz; no hay melodía, sólo notas, una miríada de breves sacudidas. No conocen reposo; un orden inflexible las genera y destruye; sin dejarles nunca tiempo para recobrarse, para existir por sí. Corren, se apiñan, me dan al pasar un golpe seco y se aniquilan. Me gustaría retenerlas, pero sé que si llegara a detener una, sólo quedaría entre mis dedos un sonido canallesco y languideciente. Tengo que aceptar su muerte; hasta debo querer esta muerte; conozco pocas impresiones más ásperas o más fuertes.
Don't be a perfectionist... leave that to the classical musicians.
And that's the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody. You don't know if they'll like it, but you offer it.
Those people obviously don't know who I think I am.
Nathan Reese Maher
Do we not each dream of dreams? Do we not dance on the notes of lost memories? Then are we not each dreamers of tomorrow and yesterday, since dreams play when time is askew? Are we not all adrift in the constant sea of trial and when all is done, do we not all yearn for ships to carry us home?
I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.
My contributions were many: First clown director, with witty sayings and flashily dressed, now called master of ceremonies.
Records used to be documents, but now record companies want product.
Every bloody mark had assassinated my writing along the way.
In 1994, I started touring again and I recorded two albums for Chesky Jazz.
To me, jazz is the closest thing to insanity that there is in music.
Everywhere was the atmosphere of a long debauch that had to end; the orchestras played too fast, the stakes were too high at the gambling tables, the players were so empty, so tired, secretly hoping to vanish together into sleep and ... maybe wake on a very distant morning and hear nothing, whatever, no shouting or crooning, find all things changed.
I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz guitarist and a harmonica player
I love music, and a lot of it. Jazz is probably on the top with guys like Miles Davis. But I even enjoy music from the '60s and '70s.
Men have died for this music. You can't get more serious than that.
I hope we left you with something to put under your pillows.
They're singing your praises while stealing your phrases.
If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original.
All bad jazz sounds like Woody Woodpecker.
What separates great jazz musicians from average ones is Taste. Those who have taste consistently choose notes, tempos, timbres and voicings that seduce and satisfy attentive listeners.
If you go back to the roots of jazz, it was all about COLLECTIVE improvisation.
Monk encouraged me to emancipate the drums from their subservient role as timekeepers.
Is jazz a rhythm, or is it a vibration?
Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.
It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.
Jazz is so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself.
Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.
For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
Jazz has to work. It has to play with the audience and with the marketplace. I think that is relevant to business.
Jazz music is a language of the emotions.
His eyes, if anything, gleamed even more bright, having found the treasure he sought.
Companies have to take risks to get new knowledge, in a manner similar to how jazz musicians take risks when they go after a new approach to a tune or a performance.
Jazz was always cool. That was what I liked about jazz - it was always cool. Now I see the cats that were basically cool getting kind of uncool. So that ruins what I feel about jazz.
Bebop has set music back twenty years.
I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.