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.
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.
You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles.
I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds.
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.
Jazz is about being in the moment.
Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.
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.
Music is an addiction.
Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.
I don't know where jazz is going. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens.
Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
Jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.
...to me if it's anything, jazz is a verb-it's more like a process than it is a thing.
When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air. You can never capture it again.
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