Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it's only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before.
I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.
As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something thats never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish.
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
There is no such thing as a wrong note.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
I think I was supposed to play jazz.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things and still be jazz.
The value of jazz still has to be clarified. People involve themselves with its superficialities without digging for its soul.
Jazz music is the power of now.
There are wonderful things in Jazz, the improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.
Jazz music is a style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge.
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