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.
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
Don't worry about playing a lot of notes. Just find one pretty one.
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.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it's only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life.
Life is a lot like jazz. It's best when you improvise.
It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.
Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once.
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. they are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence.
What we play is life.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
Jazz is music made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions.
If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.
Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
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.
Music is an addiction.
Jazz is a good barometer of freedom.
Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
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