Jazz Quotes

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 donÝt know where jazz is going. Maybe itÝs going to hell. You canÝt 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

Jazz is... An open-ended music designed for open minds.

Unknown

Jazz is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

Fran┴oise Sagan

Jazz may be a thrilling communion with the primitive soul; or it may be an ear-splitting bore

Unknown

When I had my own company on Traffic and Coonskin, all metaphors were able to get to the screen clearly. In Cool World, with the producer and Paramount watching me carefully to make sure I was in good taste, I instinctively poured stuff into the picture that I wanted to talk about. But when you force stuff, it's not really very clear. But, I have a great love for Max Fleischer, especially some of his Black & White Betty Boops with their strange Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong black folk tale jazz hipness that part of Cool World was a homage in style to those films and that style of cartooning. The Grim Reaper is right out of a Max Fleischer cartoon or old Terrytoons, which is why I hired and love Milton Knight the artist. He understands totally the Uncle Remus fable like qualities behind Fleischer and Terrytoons. Milton Knight is probably the purest artist of that style in the business. He has a hard time because studios think he is old fashioned...but that's the point.

Ralph Bakshi

We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks

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