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I like jazz, but I could never play it. You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour. (Quote by - Dave Mustaine)

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality. (Quote by - Mose Allison)

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. (Quote by - Don DeLillo)

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness. (Quote by - Herbie Hancock)

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though! (Quote by - Geezer Butler)

The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts. (Quote by - Ken Burns)

Mars is really different, into art. Lydia Lunch is more energy. James Chance is more commercial in a different way, in funk and jazz. They were all doing original things, trying to create their own sound and music. I think they're all great. (Quote by - Ikue Mori)

When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find. (Quote by - Norman Granz)

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance. (Quote by - Francoise Sagan)

I don't have a definition of jazz... You're just supposed to know it when you hear it. (Quote by - Thelonious Monk)

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you're playing rock, you use a pick. There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than that's just the way it has been. (Quote by - Kevin Eubanks)

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America. (Quote by - Bill Griffith)

So our ears got used to listening to jazz in the place that it was that the bass player could not play. No one really realized it and really addressed it until the bass players who could play their instrument came along and started doing something with it. (Quote by - Miroslav Vitous)

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age (Quote by - Paul Whiteman)

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact. (Quote by - Sonny Rollins)

I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan. (Quote by - Norman Granz)

Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny (Quote by - Frank Zappa)

Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time. (Quote by - Bobby McFerrin)

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews that I've read is that the more popular successful jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan. (Quote by - Norman Granz)

I'm saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet. (Quote by - Count Basie)

People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play. (Quote by - Roy Ayers)

It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)


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