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One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing things differently from what other people were doing.
I'm a big fan of gospel music, and you cannot be a fan of rock and roll, you cannot be a fan of country western music, and you can't really be a fan of jazz without listening to a lot of music that's religious.
I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.
Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.
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.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
I looked back on the roaring Twenties, with its jazz, 'Great Gatsby' and the pre-Code films as a party I had somehow managed to miss.
I like jazz, but I could never play it. You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
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.
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!
The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
Jazz changes and all. But I don't know the names of what it is I'm doing.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
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.
Jazz comes from our way of life, and because it's our national art form, it helps us to understand who we are.
Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.
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.
Keith Moon is not interested in jazz and won't ever be a jazz drummer because he's more interested in looking good and being screamed at.
It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.
Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
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.
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.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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