Jazz Quotes

Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny

Frank Zappa

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

John Philip Sousa

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


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

Enos Payne

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

Duke Ellington

Jazz is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

FranÁoise Sagan

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


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

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

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

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

Thelonius Monk

Jazz is what I play for a living.

Louis Armstrong

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

Miles Davis

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


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