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I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people. (Quote by - Bobby Vinton)

Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk. (Quote by - Steve Lacy)

Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less people appreciate it. (Quote by - George Foreman)

Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat. (Quote by - Carmen McRae)

In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about. (Quote by - David Amram)

There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation. (Quote by - David Antin)

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music. (Quote by - Herbie Hancock)

I just got to hear every note. After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery. In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen. I was probably the world's best listener. (Quote by - Carla Bley)

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. (Quote by - Chuck Mangione)

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent. (Quote by - Billy Joel)

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it. (Quote by - Mahalia Jackson)

And I used to listen to a lot of jazz. (Quote by - Debra Wilson)

I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes. (Quote by - Mose Allison)

The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice. (Quote by - Lucinda Williams)

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

Jazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan. (Quote by - Brian McKnight)

I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it. It's not for me. (Quote by - Ted Rall)

I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz, progressive jazz movement. I've been fortunate enough to play with them, a who's who. All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with. (Quote by - Sonny Rollins)

Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons, but the overviews are always too simplistic. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big. (Quote by - Carly Simon)

The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails. (Quote by - Federico Garcia Lorca)

The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise. (Quote by - Kenny G)

This music that was supposed to only come from tapes like in any restaurant. Something would happened. One bird will start to do a little jazz thing, and another bird will start to answer. (Quote by - John Hench)

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. (Quote by - Louis Armstrong)

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself. (Quote by - Herbie Hancock)


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