Few Jazz Quotes (citations)

  • Bobby McFerrin – “The true musician is to bring light into people’s hearts.”orch-vintagebass2
  • Charles Mingus – “Good Jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms & yells. Fine Jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great Jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars & collapses on his hands & knees. A pure genius of Jazz is manifested when he & the rest of the orchestra runaround the room while the rhythm section grimaces & dances around their instruments.”
  • Charles Mingus – “Jazz music is a language of the emotions.”
  • Charlie Byrd – “The guitar chose me.”
  • Charlie Parker – “Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.
  • Charlie Parker – “The time is now.”
  • Clark Terry – “Your sound is you & what you really feel inside.”
  • Coleman Hawkins – “Music should always be an adventure.”
  • Count Basie – “If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!”
  • Count Basie – “If you play a tune & a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.”
  • D C DowDell – “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough!”
  • D C DowDell – “Jazz goes into my coffee in the morning, in my wine at night.
  • D C DowDell – “Music is what feelings sound like.”
  • Dizzy Gillespie – “It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.”JAZZ Man Playing the Trumpet  hand drawn, sketch vector
  • Don Cherry – “Jazz is an art that makes a person completely naked.”
  • Herbie Hancock – “Jazz is about being in the moment.”
  • Jimi Hendrix – “All I play is truth & emotion.”
  • Joe Pass – “If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterward.”
  • Joe Sample – “I love to hear the note sing.”
  • Joe Williams – “You can’t rehearse a blues darlin’.”
  • John Cage – “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”
  • John Coltrane – “All a musician can do is to get closer to the source.
  • John Coltrane – “I start in the middle of a sentence & move both directions at once.”
  • John Coltrane – “The emotional reaction is all that matters
  • John Coltrane – “The first time I heard Bird play, it hit me right between the eyes.”
  • Louis Armstrong – “You blows who you is.”
  • Miles Davis – “Do not fear mistakes, there are none.”
  • Miles Davis – “Don’t worry about playing a lot of notes. Just find one pretty one.”
  • Miles Davis – “Music & life are all about style.”
  • Miles Davis – “Stop before you’re done.”
  • Roy Hargrove – “Let the music speak for itself.”Jazz poster. Man playing saxophone drawn sketch.
  • Salvador Dali – “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”
  • Sonny Rollins – “Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things & still be Jazz.”
  • Stan Getz – “I cannot play a lie. I have to believe in what I play or it won’t come out.”
  • Steve Lacy – “I still love the whole history of Jazz. The old things sound better than ever.”
  • Wes Montgomery – “I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat.”
  • Wes Montgomery – “Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.”
  • Wynton Marsalis – “Jazz music is the power of now.”

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