A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.
My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being...When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls.
I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat.
Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
Jazz music is the power of now.
Man, there's no boundary line to art!
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
I don't care if a dude is purple with green breath as long as he can swing.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
I say, play your own way. Don't play what the public want - you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing - even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.
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.
Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most.
Never play anything the same way twice.
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