Best Jazz Music Quotes On Success In Life

These jazz music quotes will inspire you. Jazz, musical form, often improvisational, developed by African Americans and influenced by both European harmonic structure and African rhythms.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging jazz music quotes, jazz music sayings, and jazz music proverbs.

Famous Jazz Music Quotes

  1. “What I came back to is that jazz is a music to be played and not to be intellectualized on.” ~ Gerry Mulligan
  2. “Jazz music just resonates with the frequency of me.” ~ Esperanza Spalding
  3. “Jazz music is the power of now.” ~ Wynton Marsalis
  4. “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” ~ Art Blakey

  5. “I don’t have a definition of Jazz. You’re just supposed to know it when you hear it.” ~ Thelonious Monk
  6. “Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise.” ~ George Gershwin
  7. “I may be prejudiced, but I believe that jazz music has the strongest healing potential, and it’s not just because I play it and love it so much. I feel that it’s the improvisation in jazz that makes it so strong as a healing tool, what each individual gives to a tune from their heart and their soul when they take a solo. It’s all spontaneous, and it’s all love, and from the heart.” ~ Horace Silver
  8. “Jazz is the language of the emotions.” ~ Charles Mingus

  9. “Jazz to me is a living music. It’s a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.” ~ Dexter Gordon
  10. “The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.” ~ Herbie Hancock
  11. “Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.” ~ John Philip Sousa

  12. “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” ~ Miles Davis
  13. “Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate upon it in order to get the most of it. You must absorb most of it. The harmonies within the music can relax, soothe, relax, and uplift the mind when you concentrate upon and absorb it. Jazz music stimulates the minds and uplifts the souls of those who play it was well as of those who listen to immerse themselves in it. As the mind is stimulated and the soul uplifted, this is eventually reflected in the body.” ~ Horace Silver
  14. “It takes an intelligent ear to listen to Jazz.” ~ Art Blakey
  15. “Jazz is freedom. You think about that.” ~ Thelonious Monk
  16. “You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” ~ Charlie Parker

  17. “Jazz is one of the least learnable art forms.” ~ Keith Jarrett
  18. “Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires.” ~ Wynton Marsalis
  19. “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” ~ Miles Davis
  20. “If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music.” ~ Ginger Baker
  21. “Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.” ~ Paul Whiteman

  22. “Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.” ~ Jan Hammer
  23. “I love jazz music and sad music.” ~ Fred Durst
  24. “Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.” ~ Francoise Sagan
  25. “Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.” ~ Jelly Roll Morton
  26. “Playing ‘bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.” ~ Duke Ellington

  27. “Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.” ~ Frank Zappa
  28. “I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast.” ~ Paul Desmond
  29. “Make no mistake, this music is for everyone. Jazz is not an exclusive, elite club. Go ahead, listen to your Snoop Doggy Dog, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, but add a little Ellington, Basie, and Coltrane to your life as well.” ~ Christian McBride
  30. “Change is always happening. That’s one of the wonderful things about Jazz music.” ~ Maynard Ferguson
  31. “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” ~ Duke Ellington

  32. “Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.” ~ Ornette Coleman
  33. “People sometimes forget that jazz was built not only in the minds of the great ones but on the backs of the ordinary ones — ordinary musicians.” ~ Cab Calloway
  34. “I’m all in favor of getting grants for musicians. Or any other good brand of Scotch.” ~ Pepper Adams

  35. “If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.” ~ Louis Armstrong
  36. “Blues and soul and jazz music have so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.” ~ Christina Aguilera
  37. “Just because I’m playing jazz I don’t forget about me. I play or write me, the way I feel, through jazz, or whatever.” ~ Charles Mingus

  38. “To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!” ~ Louis Armstrong
  39. “Jazz music is a style, not compositions; any kind of music may be played in Jazz if one has the knowledge.” ~ Jelly Roll Morton
  40. “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 timeline of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.” ~ Wynton Marsalis
  41. “You have to practice improvisation, let no one kid you about it!” ~ Art Tatum

  42. “Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.” ~ Paul Whiteman
  43. “By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” ~ Duke Ellington
  44. “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” ~ Charlie Parker
  45. “Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.” ~ Charlie Parker
  46. “The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.” ~ Miles Davis

  47. “Man, there’s no boundary line to art!” ~ Charlie Parker
  48. “I find Indian music very funky. I mean it’s very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it’s the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.” ~ John McLaughlin
  49. “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” ~ Louis Armstrong
  50. “They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” ~ Charlie Parker

  51. “The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.” ~ Duke Ellington
  52. “Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” ~ Mark Twain
  53. “Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.” ~ Nina Simone
  54. “All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.” ~ John Coltrane

  55. “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.” ~ Art Blakey
  56. “Never play anything the same way twice.” ~ Louis Armstrong
  57. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ~ Aldous Huxley
  58. “…to me if it’s anything, jazz is a verb-it’s more like a process than it is a thing.” ~ Pat Metheny”Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” ~ Miles Davis

  59. “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” ~ Miles Davis
  60. “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” ~ Steve Martin
  61. “There are four qualities essential to a great jazzman. they are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence.” ~ Stan Getz
  62. “There’s no such thing as a wrong note.” ~ Art Tatum

  63. “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.” ~ Duke Ellington
  64. “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach
  65. “The whole thing of being in music is not to control it but to be swept away by it.” ~ Bobby Hutcherson

  66. “The saxophone is actually a translation of the human voice, in my conception.  All you can do is play melody. No matter how complicated it gets, it’s still a melody.” ~ Stan Getz
  67. “Starting in the middle of a musical sentence and moving in both directions at once.” ~ John Coltrane

Jazz music is developed in part from ragtime and blues and is often characterized by synchronized rhythms, polyphonic group playing, varying degrees of improvisation, often deliberate deviations of tone, and the use of original timbres.

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