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1. "Jazz is the music of the body. The breath comes through brass. It is the body's breath, and the strings' wails and moans are echoes of the body's music. It is the body's vibrations which ripple from the fingers. And the mystery of the withheld theme, known to jazz musicians alone, is like the mystery of our secret life. We give to others only peripheral improvisations."
Author: Anaïs Nin
2. "I love Rihanna's new album, Skrillex, and Norah Jones. They're are all very different, but I love any rock, pop, and jazz."
Author: Ashley Benson
3. "Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities."
Author: Barbara Januszkiewicz
4. "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
5. "A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges."
Author: Benny Green
6. "The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent."
Author: Billy Joel
7. "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
8. "My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they're tremendously exciting players."
Author: Chico Hamilton
9. "I'm a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration- joy and pain sit side by side. The blues started off in some field, some plantation, in some mind, in some imagination, in some heart. The blues blew over to the next plantation, and then the next state. The blues went south to north, got electrified and even sanctified. The blues got mixed up with jazz and gospel and rock and roll."
Author: Cornel West
10. "Anyone who's just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do Jazz hands."
Author: Craig Ferguson
11. "In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead."
Author: David Amram
12. "I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last."
Author: David Amram
13. "Well, I guess my unease with that is... I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase - smooth jazz, as opposed to what?"
Author: David Sanborn
14. "Good fences make good neighbors, and these were apparently good enough that they had not felt the need for razor wire at the top. I crested the fence, threw myself into the yard beyond, fell, rolled to my feet, and ran with the expectation of being garroted by a taut clothesline.I heard panting, looked down, and saw a gold retriever running at my side, ears flapping. The dog glanced up at me tongue rolling, grinning, as though jazzed by the prospect of an unscheduled play session."
Author: Dean Koontz
15. "In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically."
Author: Dexter Gordon
16. "I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues."
Author: Dinah Shore
17. "I like all kinds of music, though I tend to prefer jazz and classics."
Author: Erik Larson
18. "My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!"
Author: Etta James
19. "Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days."
Author: Evan Parker
20. "Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary."
Author: Francoise Sagan
21. "I like mellow music. I like some jazz. But I'm not a big hard rock guy."
Author: Gary Carter
22. "If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music."
Author: Ginger Baker
23. "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
24. "Hamp would ask me about tempos in the band: 'Jacquet,' he'd say, 'knock off that tempo.' A lot of jazz musicians didn't prefer to play for dancers, which was their loss, really. But good jazz has always had that dance feel."
Author: Illinois Jacquet
25. "When I hear Jazz, my first instinct is to lean over to the guy next to me and whisper, "Fourth floor, please."
Author: Jarod Kintz
26. "I teach in M.F.A. programs now, and I think that's a great way to become a novelist, but I mourn that Pete Dexter and Joan Didion's route is maybe less likely because there are fewer of those jobs. I always liken it to playing piano in some great dive jazz bar. You didn't pick the songs, you played what people asked for, but you got your chops."
Author: Jess Walter
27. "Nothing jazzes me up like football. I've acquired more passion of the years, not less. Not to love it wouldn't make sense."
Author: John Madden
28. "Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality."
Author: John Otto
29. "The Meters are, I think, the most influential group in our time to come out of New Orleans, to have changed and introduced us all to a way of playing, and to a groove and a level of feel in playing funk-jazz."
Author: John Scofield
30. "Rock and roll ain't nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat."
Author: Keith Richards
31. "I don't play the traditional Charlie Parker songs. But I do improvise and I do create with my instrument, and that to me is jazz. But there are people who use the word 'jazz' only in a traditional sense, and they would be offended by that, and that's fine."
Author: Kenny G
32. "Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz."
Author: Lee Konitz
33. "I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing Jazz whether I like it or not."
Author: Lester Bangs
34. "In my view a jazz musician is a great musician."
Author: Michael Parkinson
35. "I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here."
Author: Miroslav Vitous
36. "I know it sounds silly, but it takes some time getting used to all the cameras in your face. I think it's like playing jazz. After I learn the rules, I can have fun and play a little bit."
Author: Monica Raymund
37. "I've learnt new scales through playing different types of music, like Indian raga scales, gipsy scales and harmonically-based jazz scales."
Author: Nigel Kennedy
38. "I wasn't a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants."
Author: Norah Jones
39. "The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz."
Author: Norman Granz
40. "You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz."
Author: Oscar Peterson
41. "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
42. "Certainly, jazz has become more of a niche, which is surprising, because it's our music. It's the national music of America."
Author: Renee Fleming
43. "I wanted to make a jazz record. I didn't want it to be a standards record."
Author: Rita Coolidge
44. "When I have to compete with John Coltrane and Miles Davis and Louie Armstrong on iTunes, which I'm doing now, that's a problem. That means that jazz is not being heard by younger audiences."
Author: Robert Glasper
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. "I think we are in the midst of this period where we are committing this suicide on the planet and everybody is just using up all of our natural resources like a bunch of insane people. That's what I worry about more than I worry about jazz."
Author: Sonny Rollins
47. "I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary, pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends."
Author: Walter Becker
48. "Based on my perspective of him, man's men do not cheat. They get jazzed just by being manly."
Author: Wendy Plump
49. "I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place."
Author: William Bell
50. "Today you go into make a modern recording with all this technology. The bass plays first, then the drums come in later, then they track the trumpet and the singer comes in and they ship the tape somewhere. Well, none of the musicians have played together. You can't play jazz music that way. In order for you to play jazz, you've got to listen to them. The music forces you at all times to address what other people are thinking and for you to interact with them with empathy and to deal with the process of working things out. And that's how our music really could teach what the meaning of American democracy is."
Author: Wynton Marsalis

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