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251. "It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid."
Author: Andy Partridge
252. "And Jazz snapped.He didn't snap the way a normal person might snap. A normal person would fling his arms around and stomp his feet and rant at the top of his lungs, bellowing to the sky. There might be tears, from a normal person.Jazz went quiet. He darted out one hand and grabbed the wrist of the paramedic who had been trying to cuff him and pulled the man close, holding his gaze.In a moment, he channeled every last drop of (his father)."Who am I? I'll tell you. I'm the local psychopath, and if you don't save my best friend's life, I will hunt down everyone you've ever cared about in your life and make you watch while I do things to them that will have you begging me to kill them. That's who I am."
Author: Barry Lyga
253. "I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz."
Author: Bela Fleck
254. "I like a very dark house, just black. I sit there and just think. Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin. It's very personal; it has to be. One song may be Bach, the next blues, a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece."
Author: Bobby McFerrin
255. "Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur"
Author: Boris Vian
256. "I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself."
Author: Branford Marsalis
257. "Jazz fans love Miles and I love him for a myriad of reasons, but the overviews are always too simplistic."
Author: Branford Marsalis
258. "I love all types of music. Jazz, classical, blues, rock, hip-hop. I often write scripts to instrumentals like a hip-hop artist. Music inspires me to write. It's either music playing or completely silent. Sometimes distant sound fuels you. In New York there's always a buzzing beneath you."
Author: Chadwick Boseman
259. "That's the exact concept behind the music: to take that kind of, I guess whatever you want to call it, jazz sensibility - but not have it be about solos."
Author: Charlie Hunter
260. "You need better technique than I have to play jazz, but what you have to do is the same thing, isn't it?"
Author: Charlie Watts
261. "I'm an advocate of music in schools. It's important to me that music is in as many schools as possible across this country and across the world. I think that it's a lost art form because kids aren't as exposed to it as maybe they used to be, or should be. I was exposed heavily to jazz and that's why I love it."
Author: Chrisette Michele
262. "Comedians talk to other comedians the way jazz musicians can talk to each other."
Author: David Steinberg
263. "And I used to listen to a lot of jazz."
Author: Debra Wilson
264. "I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy, but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops."
Author: Doc Severinsen
265. "I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.After that I liked jazz music.Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
Author: Donald Miller
266. "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
267. "I do love singing. I wouldn't say I'm any good, but I definitely love it - especially jazz singing."
Author: Emilia Clarke
268. "I've been dancing my entire life. Jazz, hip hop, ballet. And then there's tap dancing. I love to tap."
Author: Emily VanCamp
269. "She realized now that she had been expecting old-fashioned instruments – pipes, fifes, fiddles and tinny drums. Instead there came the cocksure, brassy warble of a saxophone, the blare of a cornet and the squeak and trill of a clarinet being made to work for its living. Not-Triss had heard jazz with neatly wiped shoes and jazz with gritty soles and a grin. And this too was jazz, but barefoot on the grass and blank-eyed with bliss, its musical strands irregular as wind gusts and unending as ivy vines."
Author: Frances Hardinge
270. "Jazz was my first love."
Author: Frankie Valli
271. "But what will happen, and I got this from reliable sources, is that the International Monetary Fund will skedaddle from D.C., possibly to Singapore or Beijing, and then they're going to make an IMF recovery plan for America, divide the country into concessions, and hand them over to the sovereign wealth funds. Norway, China, Saudi Arabia, all that jazz."
Author: Gary Shteyngart
272. "He thought of how when you went out and listened to what people said, you heard all kinds of things, people washing their dirty linen in public, talking about friends and business and,gash, and it made him think how the world must be, at every minute, so full of people fighting, and jazzing, and dying, and working, and losing jobs, and it was a funny world, all right, full of funny people, millions of them. And he was only one out of all these millions of people, and they were all trying to get along, and many of them had gotten farther than he."
Author: James T. Farrell
273. "I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now - the New Orleans stuff - a lot more than I did before."
Author: John Goodman
274. "I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool."
Author: John Otto
275. "I find as much inspiration from the forerunners of jazz as I do the modern-day innovators of jazz."
Author: John Scofield
276. "In the States, this type of jam-band phenomena has opened it up for groups to improvise, admittedly more in the groove area, as opposed to the straight-ahead jazz thing - which is good for me, as that's one part of where I'm at. It's been so great playing these gigs and seeing kids come out and the whole college scene."
Author: John Scofield
277. "As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually."
Author: Julie Andrews
278. "The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts."
Author: Ken Burns
279. "A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm."
Author: Ken Burns
280. "I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life."
Author: Kenneth Rexroth
281. "In a society of increasingly mass-produced, assembly-line entertainment, where every individual is treated like an empty pitcher to be filled from above, jazz retains something of the spirit of the handicrafts of yesteryear. The print of the human spirit warms it. Deep down, jazz expresses the enforced & compassionate attitudes of a minority group and may well appeal to us because we all have blue moods and, in a fundamental sense, none of us is wholly free."
Author: Marshall Stearns
282. "Summer here comes on like a zaftig hippie chick, jazzed on chlorophyll and flinging fistfuls of butterflies to the sun."
Author: Michael Perry
283. "So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact that the bass player could not play his instrument."
Author: Miroslav Vitous
284. "My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden."
Author: Mose Allison
285. "The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time."
Author: Mose Allison
286. "Jazz is a constant theme in my life. My father is a jazz pianist, and from an early age I have been surrounded by it."
Author: Nat Wolff
287. "I have learned a lot from jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free."
Author: Nat Wolff
288. "Mum left school at 15, and after a few years of modelling and dating jazz musicians, was married by 21 to my father, Mike Taylor, a journalist on the 'Daily Mirror.' They had my brother and me pretty quickly and had split up by the time I was two. I don't really have any memories of them as a couple."
Author: Natascha McElhone
289. "For the Age has itself become vulgar, and most people have no idea to what extent they are themselves tainted. The bad manners of all parliaments, the general tendency to connive at a rather shady business transaction if it promises to bring in money without work, jazz and Negro dances as the spiritual outlet in all circles of society, women painted like prostitutes, the efforts of writers to win popularity by ridiculing in their novels and plays the correctness of well-bred people, and the bad taste shown even by the nobility and old princely families in throwing off every kind of social restraint and time-honoured custom: all of these go to prove that it is now the vulgar mob that gives the tone."
Author: Oswald Spengler
290. "Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that."
Author: Pat Metheny
291. "The month of September is Women in Jazz, so I'm doing jazz there in September. I'm in for the duration."
Author: Rita Coolidge
292. "I didn't plan on rock-n-roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz, and I thought I could make some money playing music."
Author: Robby Krieger
293. "Everybody's not going to like jazz, let's just be honest about it. Everybody doesn't like everything. There's a disconnect in generations and some people just aren't going to feel that music."
Author: Robert Glasper
294. "In a conversation with the master jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Wynton Marsalis, he told me, "You need to have some restrictions in jazz. Anyone can improvise with no restrictions, but that's not jazz. Jazz always has some restrictions. Otherwise it might sound like noise." The ability to improvise, he said, comes from fundamental knowledge, and this knowledge "limits the choices you can make and will make"
Author: Sheena Iyengar
295. "I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show?"
Author: Sonny Rollins
296. "My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period."
Author: Tony Iommi
297. "It was a limitation of human consciousness: We live only in the future and past, we cannot perceive now. Now occupies no space, a hypothetical gap between future and past. Only an exceptional few could feel now athletes and jazzmen and, yes, thieves..."
Author: William Landay
298. "Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It's a 12-bar form that's played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that's been used by rock n' roll. It's related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition."
Author: Wynton Marsalis
299. "People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it's jazz music-it's not easy for them to get to it. I don't want them ever to feel that I'm taking their presence lightly."
Author: Wynton Marsalis
300. "Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also."
Author: Yo Yo Ma

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