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Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn't methodical, but jazz isn't messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon.
As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
What we know about the destination resort business is clearly established. But it's all about one thing, and one thing only. All of the razzmatazz and jazz we hear about facilities and everything else doesn't amount to a hill of beans. It's customer experience that determines the longevity and endurance of these enterprises.
Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.
Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.
Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
B. B. King
It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most.
Harry Connick, Jr.
If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz - a true rhapsody in blue - are hunted to the edge of silence.
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.
I like mellow music. I like some jazz. But I'm not a big hard rock guy.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful things about jazz music.
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.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
With rock music, the amount of power that you can generate, the intensity behind the intentions of your lyrics that you can really reflect through rock music - you can't do that in jazz. You can't do that with classical.
Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.
Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
New Age is a very small box. It was a term that was brought in by the music industry to classify music that is neither jazz, classical, pop or rock. They didn't know what to call it or what to do with it. So they threw it all together under this one name.
People who don't do jazz think it's black magic. But really, it's just a matter of getting used to it. It's fun to gamble. The trick is not to fall back on the things you've done before.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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