Jazz Quotes

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 singing] is like pornography. You can't say what it is, but you know it when you see it.

Kurt Elling

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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Updated On : December 26, 2008
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