Jazz Quotes

...don't think of yourself as a jazz musician. Think of yourself as a human being who plays music.

Charlie Haden

Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.

Ahmad Alaadeen

Modern jazz: Variations on a non-existent theme


Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny

Frank Zappa

Jazz today, as always in the past, is a matter of thoughtful creation, not mere unaided instinct.

Duke Ellington

Jazz is a feeling, more than anything else. It isn't music, it's language...

Enos Payne

Jazz is... One of life's greatest gifts: fun found within surprise.


Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.

John Philip Sousa

Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.

Ralph Bakshi

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.

Miles Davis

Jazz is what I play for a living.

Louis Armstrong

I donít know where jazz is going. Maybe itís going to hell. You canít make anything go anywhere. It just happens.

Thelonius Monk

never heard of a jazz musician who retired. You love what you do, so what are you going to do? Play for the walls?

Nat Adderley

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.

George Carlin

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.

Bill Evans
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