What is the true spirit behind Jazz? Let’s try to get an idea through the words of his protagonists.
Jazz is a mental attitude rather than a style. It uses a certain process of the mind expressed spontaneously through some musical instrument. I’m concerned with retaining that process.
The thing that is making jazz healthy today is that people are coming out of other backgrounds – from rock, folk, from ethnic music. It’s changing the music, and for the better.
One thing I like about jazz, kid, is that I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Do you?
Hipness is not a state of mind, It’s a fact of life.
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
Thelonius Monk went over to Bird and Bud Powell and said, ‘I told you guys to act crazy, but I didn’t tell you to fall in love with the act. You’re really crazy now.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.
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.
It’s always interesting to me that any time anyone hears something new they immediately have to categorize it or they don’t feel comfortable. It’s also one way not to experience something.
Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.
All the music you’ve ever heard in your life is somewhere in your head. I don’t reject that, I use it.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line
Roaming through the jungle of “Ohs” and “Ahs” searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.
Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It’s not an occupation or profession, it’s a compulsion.
You may have holes in your shoes, but don’t let the people out front know it. Shine the tops.
Jazz is improvisation and syncopation, with resilience and flow, with earthy elegance, nuance and subtlety, with the integrity of individual expression within (usually) a group context, with true democracy in action.
I’m not here to raise hippie consciousness, I’m here to wet some panties.
I don’t separate one era of jazz from another, because I listen to everybody… Everybody takes from everybody else and adds their own thing and goes on from there.
If you really understand the meaning of be-bop, you understand the meaning of freedom.
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.