Jazz Quotes

Collection of Quotes About Jazz

“Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught.” – Paul Desmond

“Jazz is rhythm and meaning.” – Henri Matisse

“Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.” – Tony Wilson

“Jazz is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.” – Françoise Sagan

“Jazz singing is like pornography. You can’t say what it is, but you know it when you see it.” – Kurt Elling

“The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.” – Kenny G

“Man, if you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” – Louis Armstrong

“Where’s jazz going? I don’t know? Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.” – Thelonious Monk

“The blues and jazz will live forever… So will the Delta and the Big Easy.” – Jack Nicholson

“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

“Jazz is the music of the body” – Anais Nin

“Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no jazz. I’ve seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Africa.” – Art Blakey

“What ‘jazz’ means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term ‘jazz’ has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.” – Maxim Gorky

“In classical music, love is based on bitin’ — imitation. It’s not based on interpretation. A jazz musician, if he plays someone else’s song, has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.” – Todd Boyd

“Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn’t think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor. I honestly couldn’t characterize my style in words. It seems like whatever comes to me naturally is what I play.” – Coleman Hawkins

“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

“As far as I’m concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.” – Mose Allison

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