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1. "Hey, Mays," Jordan yelled from behind me. I grudgingly turned back around, my back straight and my face blank."Yeah?"Jordan cocked his head to the side, his eyes burning into mine. "Jaz may be pretty, but you're fucking gorgeous," he called out loud enough for me to hear over the thumping base of the band. He grinned at me and the freaking winked. I hated and loved it when he did that."
Author: A. Meredith Walters
2. "I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll."
Author: Adrian Mitchell
3. "Jazz hadn't given her many details of exactly what life in the Dent house had been like, but he'd told her enough that she knew it wasn't hearts and flowers. Well, except for the occasional heart cut from a chest. And the kind of flowers you send to funerals."
Author: Barry Lyga
4. "He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer."
Author: Benny Green
5. "I'd actually been making my living as an organist with bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old, and then as a senior in high school I put together a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet."
Author: Bobby McFerrin
6. "I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people."
Author: Bobby Vinton
7. "That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes. You're out there predicting the future, and no one believes you."
Author: Branford Marsalis
8. "I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album. That makes no sense."
Author: Branford Marsalis
9. "I always had this childhood image in the back of my mind of this fantastic place where all the things I liked came from; Orson Welles, jazz, all that stuff. Los Angeles is one of those places where somebodies become nobodies and nobodies become somebody."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
10. "You know I want to sing for people, I want to jazz people up I want to make new music that they've never heard."
Author: Casey Abrams
11. "I think he has a girlfriend? Not sure though, he just seems to be off limits to all women here—well you know the other single women teachers. Maybe he's gay?""I seriously doubt that one." I responded struggling not to laugh."That would be a serious punishment to women kind. I wonder what he looks like without that vest and tie teacher getup…I bet he looks amazing naked.""Holy crap Jaz!" I yelped, but I knew I was blushing. I knew what he looked like with his shirt off and it was damned good."
Author: Cassandra Giovanni
12. "I knew even if I'm a cowboy, I'm going to be involved in jazz in some way."
Author: Dave Brubeck
13. "I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last."
Author: David Amram
14. "I'd like to be a jazz singer, but I couldn't possibly do it; nobody would want me, anyway."
Author: Deborah Moggach
15. "Think of the jazz improv artist responding to the musical banter among her fellow players onstage. Aside from whatever training they've done in advance, as soon as the curtain opens, they move into unknown territory together, creating something new each time by remaining in a state of undivided presence."
Author: Donna Quesada
16. "I love music, and a lot of it. Jazz is probably on the top with guys like Miles Davis. But I even enjoy music from the '60s and '70s."
Author: Donovan Bailey
17. "Rána bicem zpusobí modrinu, ale rána jazykem drtí kosti."
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
18. "I do love singing. I wouldn't say I'm any good, but I definitely love it - especially jazz singing."
Author: Emilia Clarke
19. "I've been dancing my entire life. Jazz, hip hop, ballet. And then there's tap dancing. I love to tap."
Author: Emily VanCamp
20. "I'm comfortable singing jazz. The only thing I was concerned about is that everybody, even in jazz, has their own style. To me, the queen of doodling was Ella Fitzgerald, and scatting is something I never thought I could do."
Author: Gladys Knight
21. "Yes, I have been studying piano since I was six. Classical, jazz, compositional, Broadway, everything. I just love it all."
Author: Janel Parrish
22. "I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio - much to my parent's disapproval."
Author: Jeff Beck
23. "I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now - the New Orleans stuff - a lot more than I did before."
Author: John Goodman
24. "I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground."
Author: John McLaughlin
25. "Eis uma coisa curiosa acerca do passado: a forma como jaz à nossa espera, silencioso, invisível, quase como se ali não estivesse. Podemos ter a tentação de julgar que desapareceu, que já não existe. De repente, como um faisão espantado para fora do seu esconderijo, erguer-se-á numa explosão de som, cor e movimento: escandalosamente vivo."
Author: John Verdon
26. "If I'm not a jazz player all the time, I've at least been cued in to what I do by jazz."
Author: Keith Jarrett
27. "Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple."
Author: Keith Jarrett
28. "Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America."
Author: Ken Burns
29. "Amy [Winehouse] changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues."
Author: Lady Gaga
30. "If it has more than three chords, it's jazz."
Author: Lou Reed
31. "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."
Author: Louis Armstrong
32. "Samson had his Delilah, Adam his Eve, and the Jazter had you.Already, I can see my epitaph. "Here lies Jaz, lover of his fellow men, done in royally by one of them."
Author: Manil Suri
33. "Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful things about jazz music."
Author: Maynard Ferguson
34. "We are serious about our music here in Philadelphia, and jazz has meant a lot to this city."
Author: Michael Nutter
35. "I'm the first one out on the dance floor. In college I had to take jazz, ballet and tap dancing, but, before that, it was just social."
Author: Miles Teller
36. "Amsterdam must have more than a million people. But the only area where jazz is really profitable and successful in an economic sense is in Japan. That's because they haven't been exposed enough."
Author: Norman Granz
37. "The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz."
Author: Norman Granz
38. "Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play."
Author: Oscar Peterson
39. "Classical wasn't my only interest in those days. Potsdam was the place where I fell in love with jazz, a love that, for a while at least, I thought would be my life."
Author: Renee Fleming
40. "I remember the first time I was booked into a jazz club. I was scared to death. I'm not a jazz artist. So I got to the club and spotted this big poster saying, 'Richie Havens, folk jazz artist.' Then I'd go to a rock club and I'm billed as a 'folk rock performer' and in the blues clubs I'd be a 'folk blues entertainer.'"
Author: Richie Havens
41. "I wanted to make a jazz record. I didn't want it to be a standards record."
Author: Rita Coolidge
42. "I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s."
Author: Rita Coolidge
43. "If you really dissect hip-hop you will find a whole lot of Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Ahmad Jamal, a lot of classic jazz samples in there."
Author: Robert Glasper
44. "The obsessions of others are opaque to the unobsessed, and thus easy to mock. NASCAR, jazz, baseball, roses, poetry, quilts, fishing. If we're lucky, we all have at least one."
Author: Roberta Smith
45. "But Alonso kept smiling that smile and nothing made any sense with that smile looking you in the face. 'Jim, don't tell me that, you know, brother-shit. I have been through it all. Take, you know, advice. There is only one thing and that is the kick, the Now. Nothing else counts. Get yours. Get it because, you know, no one cares and they will always put you down in the end, Jim, and the only word that counts is, you know, Now. Not that foolish brother and bopping jazz, Jim. Now. Because if it all don't go up in any, you know, twenty minutes; up, all gone; then they are going to put you down and keep you down. Now."
Author: Sol Yurick
46. "Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it."
Author: Steve Lacy
47. "Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz."
Author: Thelonious Monk
48. "If you're an impressionistic painter and you want to paint expressionism, you've got to change. You've got to figure out a way to do it and do it. If you've been playing jazz all your life and you want to start to play rock n' roll, blues, then do it."
Author: Tobin Bell
49. "The thing in jazz that will get Bix Beiderbecke out of his bed at two o'clock in the morning, pick that cornet up and practice into the pillow for another two or three hours, or that would make Louis Armstrong travel around the world for fifty plus years non stop, just get up out of his sick bed, crawl up on the bandstand and play, the thing that would make Duke Ellington, the thing that would make Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Mary Lou Williams, the thing that would make all of these people give their lives for this, and they did give their lives, is that it gives us a glimpse into what America is going to be when it becomes itself. And this music tells you that it will become itself. And when you get a taste of that, there's just nothing else you're going to taste that's as sweet."
Author: Wynton Marsalis
50. "The first job I ever had was singing in a jazz club when I was like 15 with my friend, and we earned like 70 bucks. We were like, 'Oh my God!'"
Author: Zooey Deschanel

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