Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz Quotes

Here are some of our favorite quotes by jazz musicians.  Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite jazz quote is!

If you have to ask, then you’ll never know. — Louis Armstrong, when asked to define “jazz”

Jazz washes away the dust of every day life. —  Art Blakey

Jazz is the big brother of Revolution.  Revolution follows it around. — Miles Davis

There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. — Duke Ellington

Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one. — Duke Ellington

It bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem.  It’s not.  It’s feeling. — Bill Evans

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise… —  George Gershwin

Jazz is about being in the moment. — Herbie Hancock

Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires. —  Wynton Marsalis

…to me if it’s anything, jazz is a verb-it’s more like a process than it is a thing. —  Pat Metheny

Jazz is freedom. You think about that. —  Thelonius Monk

You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it! — Art Tatum

For more jazz quotes visit: allaboutjazz.com and jazz-quotes.com


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