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As a New Yorker you can't help but be proud of the fact that so much music and culture started here. Punk rock, jazz, hip-hop and house music started here, George Gershwin debuted 'Rhapsody in Blue' here; the Velvet Underground are from New York.
The best gift I was ever given was the arts. My mum gave me those on a silver platter. Growing up, her and my grandmother would take me to ballets, classical concerts, even smoky jazz clubs I wasn't supposed to be in!
If there was no black man there would be no Rock'n'Roll. The beat, the rhythms of Africa are what created Rock'n'Roll and Jazz.
Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.
The E Street band casts a pretty wide net. Our influences go all the way back to the early primitive garage music, and also, we've had everything in the band from jazz players to Kansas City trumpet players to Nils Lofgren, one of the great rock guitarists in the world.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing things differently from what other people were doing.
When I was in college, I had a jazz radio show. I called it 'Excursion on a Wobbly Rail,' after a Cecil Taylor song. I used to run around the Village following Ornette Coleman wherever he played.
Jazz comes from our way of life, and because it's our national art form, it helps us to understand who we are.
I believe in dressing for the occasion. There's a time for sweater, sneakers and Levis and a time for the full-dress jazz.
Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that's it. No America, no jazz. I've seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with Africa.
The difference between blues, jazz, rock n' roll and rap is that rap stayed poor. Even the white rappers are poor. It's scarier to look at poor people; it makes everyone uncomfortable. Their pain is something that people would like to see swept under the rug.
There's the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands, and you do not want to get your head cut when you're playing.
Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
At a certain point, I became a kind of musician that has tunnel vision about jazz. I only listened to jazz and classical music.
For me writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz.
I had my jazz club and I had enough money. So I didn't have to write for my living.
Jazz changes and all. But I don't know the names of what it is I'm doing.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player. People think I think I'm good. I think I'm a very poor piano player.
Jazz took too much discipline. You have to come in at the right place, which is different than me singing the blues, where I can sing, 'Oh, baby,' if there's a pause in the melody. With jazz, you better leave that space open, or put in something real cool.
I wasn't a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants.
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.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
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