What we play is life.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.
To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!
We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.
[Bebop is] Chinese music.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.
There's only two ways to sum up music; either it's good or it's bad. If it's good you don't mess about it, you just enjoy it.
Making money ain't nothing exciting to me. You might be able to buy a little better booze than the wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat and when you die you're just as graveyard dead as he is.
Never play anything the same way twice.
Jazz is played from the heart. You can even live by it. Always love it.
My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn.
You blows who you is.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
When you're dead, you're done.
I don't need words. It's all in the phrasing.
My life has always been my music, it's always come first, but the music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people.
If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll.
If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.
I'm a spade, you're an ofay. Let's play.
All them weird chords which don't mean a thing...you got no melody to remember, and no beat to dance to
You will never know what the meaning of Jazz is if ask what it means.
When I was young and very green, I worte that tune, Sister Kate, and someone said that's fine, let me publish it for you. I'll give you fifty dollars. I didn't know nothing about papers, and business, and I sold it outright.
You see, pops, that's the kind of talk that's ruining the music. Everyone's trying to do something new, no one trying to learn the fundamentals first. All them young cats playing their wierd chords. And what happens? No one's working.
Jazz is what I play for a living.
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