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Jazz is about being in the moment. (Quote by - Herbie Hancock)

I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it. (Quote by - Norman Granz)

Jazz is rhythm and meaning. (Quote by - Henri Matisse)

You know, Equal Interest played at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival Awards and not one musician from that category was even thought of. Even thought of! The idea, that here's this vital energy, and that element doesn't even know it exists! (Quote by - Joseph Jarman)

I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on. (Quote by - Ken Burns)

Regarding jam sessions: Jazz musicians are the only workers I can think of who are willing to put in a full shift for pay and then go somewhere else and continue to work for free. (Quote by - George Carlin)

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz. (Quote by - Steve Lacy)

Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say. (Quote by - Mahalia Jackson)

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. (Quote by - Louis Armstrong)

I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who were nervous about what they had just bought for a jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase, but are increasingly coming again. (Quote by - Bill Bruford)

He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer. (Quote by - Benny Green)

You need better technique than I have to play jazz, but what you have to do is the same thing, isn't it? (Quote by - Charlie Watts)

Not with the Rochester Philharmonic, but I formed my own orchestra, made up of musicians from the Eastman School, where I'm on the faculty now, direct the Jazz Ensemble and teach improvisation classes. (Quote by - Chuck Mangione)

Jazz washes away the dust of every day life. (Quote by - Art Blakey)

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws. (Quote by - John Coltrane)

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing. (Quote by - Kathy Acker)

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with. (Quote by - Roy Ayers)

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. (Quote by - Etta James)

The way that we imitate each others' riffs is something that other bands don't do as much. If we're jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that. (Quote by - Mike Gordon)

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes", And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be "No." (Quote by - Aaron Copland )

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician. (Quote by - Michael Parkinson)

A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm. (Quote by - Ken Burns)

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff. (Quote by - Jimmy Chamberlin)

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene. And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was that there were too few groups. (Quote by - Branford Marsalis)

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who decide to make a jazz record. But a lot of people have been. A lot of the people I've talked to like the record. (Quote by - Rita Coolidge)


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