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Doing Tell

It's much like playing jazz, flying. It's multitasking in real time. You have a number of instruments that alone won't tell you exactly what the airplane is doing but together give you a picture of everything that's going on.

- Aaron Diehl

I Think Very

I consider myself very fortunate. I mean, I think there's that old saying, 'Where there's a will, there's a way,' and I just have such a passion for jazz music and playing the piano that I just find a way to make it work, so to speak. Fortunately, I have so far.

- Aaron Diehl

Idea Some

I'm not saying that in order to be a great jazz musician you have to be a great classical pianist first. But I am saying that it makes things easier when you can get around the instrument, and you have some idea of how to approach the various hurdles.

- Aaron Diehl

Country Kinds

I've done all different kinds of genres - doo-wop, pop, funk, gospel, country, jazz, you name it.

- Aaron Neville

Festivals New

It's one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around... It's an honor to be closing it.

- Aaron Neville

Want Classical

My roots are in classical music and jazz, and I want the freedom of being able to improvise. This freedom is possible only in a live concert.

- Adnan Sami

Love Considered

I have a difficult relationship with jazz. My parents really love it, and I went to a school where jazz was considered the best thing ever, so I had to leave it be for a long time. But now I'm rediscovering it. I'm approaching jazz in a different way.

- Agnes Obel

Other Built

Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.

- Ahmad Jamal

Musicians Artistry

The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame will provide a center where the lives and the artistry of the greatest jazz musicians will be celebrated, and where people will come to learn about jazz, something to which my brother devoted his life's work.

- Ahmet Ertegun

Singer Some

I was really learning my craft as a jazz singer and working with some great players and all, really growing and feeling my wings.

- Al Jarreau

Been Some

There's a wonderful tradition of jazz people getting on stage and jamming and finding some feeling for music with audiences who may be fresh. For others, it might be just like a comfortable shirt they've been wearing.

- Al Jarreau

Recognized Melodies

Jazz should be recognized as music of the people, based in a lot of accents and melodies. What is jazz but music that people danced to? Jazz has the dynamic thing. I don't think you have to be playing only Charlie Parker licks on your horn or whatever the new version of that is.

- Al Jarreau

Kind About

Jazz told people about the special music that came out of America and about America in general and this kind of liberty and freedom that we have.

- Al Jarreau

Country Seriously

I'm done with industrial. Seriously, my iPod collection at home has no industrial music on it; it's strictly jazz, blues and country.

- Al Jourgensen

Beginning Jumps

Jazz music, as is also the case with the old down-home spirituals, gospel and jubilee songs, jumps, shouts and moans, is essentially an American vernacular or idiomatic modification of musical conventions imported from Europe, beginning back during the time of the early settlers of the original colonies.

- Albert Murray

Song Based

A jazz tune, melody, or composition is usually based on either a traditional twelve-bar, eight-bar, or four-bar blues chorus or on the thirty-two-bar chorus of the American popular song.

- Albert Murray

Records John Coltrane

Growing up, I listened to a lot of jazz and blues records - John Coltrane and Etta James. I was also really into Radiohead and the BeeGees.

- Alex Clare

Away Left

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.

- Alexis Korner

Rather Considered

I was considered as a jazz man rather than as a blues player. There were no blues players-you played one sort of jazz of another sort of jazz.

- Alexis Korner

Around Show

When I was in New York, I put together a show; I put together this really great band and performed at this place called Littlefield in Brooklyn. It was really fun. I did, like, 10 standards, and then I just hopped around different bars like Mona's and different jazz clubs in New York just singing because I know all the standards so well.

- Alia Shawkat

New Festival

Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it's this new arts channel, it's really great.

- Amy Sedaris

My Own Would

I would say that jazz is my own language.

- Amy Winehouse

Reason Some

The clarinet is not so dominant in Israeli music as it is in klezmer. I heard klezmer when I was growing up, but for some reason I avoided it. I listened to Louis Armstrong instead. But the sense of melody is the connection between jazz and klezmer.

- Anat Cohen

Training Classical

My initial training was on the keyboard - mainly the great American songbook. In junior high, during the day, I was a classical clarinetist, but after school, I played New Orleans jazz and big-band music.

- Anat Cohen

Move Going

Whichever chord progressions move me, whether it's rock, jazz, doo-wop or soul, I'm going to put it together and not be worried about whether people can put it in a lane or not.

- Andra Day

Doing Church

I danced for a while, and I knew I could sing, so I just began singing in a praise band at church and doing musical theater and jazz vocal performance in school. One didn't really lead to another; I was just always interested in the performance arts.

- Andra Day

Voice I Think

When I heard Billie Holiday's voice, Nina Simone's and Ella Fitzgerald's - there was something about their voices to me that was such a different texture than what I was used to listening to at the time. Hearing those jazz voices were so different, and I think I just gravitated toward it.

- Andra Day

Legend Tony

Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend.

- Andra Day

Soul Play

Musically, I try not to box things in. I try to just play around this spectrum of influences: soul, jazz, and hip-hop.

- Andra Day

Always Like

I was a dancer for long time. And you always hear that ballet is the core of dance, and that - once you have that down - you can do everything else. For me, jazz is like that for music.

- Andra Day

Musicians More

I found that jazz musicians, possibly more than their classical counterparts, wear long-standing friendships easily and gracefully.

- Andre Previn

Father Always

I was a total music nerd. I grew up on Perry Street in the '80s. My father wrote books about jazz, so I was always at the 'Village Vanguard.'

- Andrew Wyatt

Year Study

I studied classical music for a year. Then, I studied jazz for a year at the New School, and then I got kicked out. You had to go to your class, so I don't know if that counts as studying. I didn't study jazz. I was supposed to.

- Andrew Wyatt

Father Own

Dinner 'conversation' at the Cohens' meant my sister, mom, and I relaying in brutal detail the day's events in a state of amplified hysteria, while my father listened to his own smooth jazz station in his head.

- Andy Cohen

Some Jazz Musician

Some people are born with a brain that has this weird, magical mathematical thing that makes them an amazing jazz musician.

- Andy Richter

Want Kind

I'm just trying to avoid any sort of generic kind of music - I don't want to do generic jazz or fusion.

- Andy Summers

Teens Totally

I was totally into jazz in my teens.

- Andy Summers

News Sell

Because we grew up in Australia, to find information about a lot of blues guys, I used to go to the library and find the jazz magazines. They didn't even sell them at the time in news agents and stuff.

- Angus Young

Gospel Basically

I listen to jazz and gospel... yeah that's basically what I listen to.

- Anwar Robinson

Given Performer

I'm a jazz performer - I have to improvise with what I'm given.

- Apollo Robbins

Been Brought

I had not been in the jazz environment, having been brought up in the church. But once I got to New York, and I was signed to perform at The Village Gate and the Vanguard and clubs like that, and these - the Vanguard was one of the most elite, if not the most elite, jazz club out there.

- Aretha Franklin

Records Feather

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great.

- Aretha Franklin

Concert Format

Intermittently in my concert format, I sing a little jazz, a little scatting.

- Aretha Franklin

Church Learned

You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues - you can't seperate it. Because that's where it all started, and that's where it all come from - that's where I learned to keep rhythm - in church.

- Art Blakey

Other Instance

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

Tied Part

Jazz and Cuba are inexorably tied together; it's not a branch from a tree. Latin music is part of the root of jazz.

- Arturo O'Farrill

Always Like

I always leaned toward free jazz... experimental jazz and progressive jazz. I feel like jazz is just part of the flavor and palette that you have as a musician to experiment with.

- Arturo O'Farrill

Records Before

I want to expand jazz; I don't want to keep the audience limited. I want to reach people who have never come to a jazz concert before. One way to do that is by making records that have a lot of different kinds of music on them.

- Charlie Haden

Good Person Maybe

That's what I tell my students at California Institute of the Arts where I taught for 27 years. I taught them if you strive to be a good person, maybe you might become a great jazz musician.

- Charlie Haden

Behind Kind

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.

- Charlie Hunter

Fact Wanted

As a matter of fact, we put it down because we wanted to be jazz pickers.

- Charlie Rich

Jazz Musician Based

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.

- Charlie Trotter

Young Players

My roots and Victor's are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they're tremendously exciting players.

- Chico Hamilton

Bright Some

Once 'A.N.T. Farm' started, I was inspired by Chyna to jazz up my style. Now I paint my nails bright, fun colors and add a bunch of accessories and some cool shoes to jeans and a T-shirt.

- China Anne McClain

Think Play

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy, extroverted music. You don't have to think about it too much.

- Chris Barber

Jazz Band Moved

I grew up playing the saxophone. I joined the jazz band in high school, but somewhere along the way I realized the guys who strummed acoustic guitars at parties were the ones who got the attention. So I asked a friend to show me a few chords, and when I moved to L.A. I spent a lot of time practicing my guitar.

- Chris Carmack

Fact Iconic

'Star Trek' scared me a lot more than 'White Jazz.' It terrified me, really. Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge, so I had to take it.

- Chris Pine

Cycles Works

The one thing that I've learned is that people don't change. Each new generation has the same stuff that the last one did. It's one of those things where jazz kind of works in five-year cycles.

- Christian Scott

Harmony Boom

Jazz is really 20th-century fusion music. You take West African harmony and rhythm, mix with European harmony, and boom!

- Christian Scott

Again Albums

In 1994, I started touring again and I recorded two albums for Chesky Jazz.

- Chuck Mangione

Work Players

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

- Chuck Mangione

My Own Made

Not with the Rochester Philharmonic, but I formed my own orchestra, made up of musicians from the Eastman School, where I'm on the faculty now, direct the Jazz Ensemble and teach improvisation classes.

- Chuck Mangione

Musicians About

Whitney Houston and Ella Fitzgerald are my musical mothers. I learned everything I know about true R&B, pop and jazz singing from these stunning performers and unparalleled musicians.

- Ciara Renee

Always About

It's always fun to talk about jazz.

- Clint Eastwood

Book Before

I read every book there was on jazz, about the original players - King Oliver, Buddy Bolden and all those groups. At one time I was fairly well schooled in that... I could tell you who played where and when, historically, way before my time.

- Clint Eastwood

Art Some

If you consider film an art form, as some people do, then the Western would be a truly American art form, much as jazz is.

- Clint Eastwood

Would Coltrane

Coltrane would do what you'd get a Roland Pro Tools module to do but with a group of jazz musicians.

- Colin Greenwood

Sing Trumpet

I'm a trumpet player, and I sing jazz.

- Colin Salmon

Myself Opera

I listen to all kinds of music myself; it can range from practically anything: Opera, Jazz, to Blues, good Pop, just about anything.

- Colm Wilkinson

Records Classical

I grew up listening to hipster jazz and classical records... we went and watched ballet and orchestras - lots of cool stuff. Which I'm really grateful for - it's pretty nice being introduced to that when you're little.

- Courtney Barnett

Say Which

I wouldn't really say I'm a jazz guy, which I'm not.

- Creed Bratton

Country Over

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.

- Cy Coleman

Natural Offers

For me, jazz offers so much freedom in the way the music can be interpreted. It's natural to me. It's where I feel most free.

- Cyrille Aimee

My Life Every Day

I was a jazz drummer, and it was my life for a while: what I lived and breathed every day.

- Damien Chazelle

Searching Jazz Band

There were so many specific things from high school jazz band that I remembered: the conductor searching out people who were out of tune, or stopping and starting me for hours in front of the band as they watched.

- Damien Chazelle

University Other

I was in this public high school in Princeton, and it had this topnotch jazz program - if you were a musician of any kind of caliber, your holy grail was to be in that orchestra. It was that claim to fame of the school, of the town, other than the university. But it was better than the university band.

- Damien Chazelle

Kid Before

I was a kid living in New Jersey, who - I'd wanted to make movies since I was a little kid, so that came before music for me. But I started playing drums just as a hobby, and I wasn't even really into jazz that much.

- Damien Chazelle

Music Ferocity

People like Art Blakey and Buddy Rich, you look at them playing music, and it's just like looking at a heavy metal drummer. I mean, they're playing with the same amount of ferocity. It's not to say all jazz is like that.

- Damien Chazelle

Other Weird Thing

It's a weird thing where, especially in jazz, you have to totally mention cutting sessions and people one-upping each other and people being super, super tough on each other. And out of it emerge these genius musicians.

- Damien Chazelle

Motivated Conductor

I never desperately wanted to be a jazz drummer. If anything, I was motivated a lot by fear. Fear of the conductor, fear of the future.

- Damien Chazelle

Late-Night Like

I like to go hear jazz late-night up in Harlem.

- Daniel Boulud

Play My Own

When I play live in restaurants and cafes, I don't play my own stuff. I play jazz and 'American Songbook' standards, and I'll fuse it with top 40.

- Darren Criss

Voice Perfectionist

Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians.

- Dave Brubeck

Worst Thing Gig

The worst thing about the life of a jazz musician on the road is getting to the gig. Once you're there and playing, it's marvelous.

- Dave Brubeck

Young Younger

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.

- Dave Van Ronk

Cool Including

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.

- Dave Van Ronk

Myself Cut

I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz. It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.

- Dave Van Ronk

Atmosphere Almost

In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about.

- David Amram

Procedures Talks

There are editing procedures for talks just as there are editing procedures in jazz improvisation.

- David Antin

Kid I Think

I think 'Horace Silver' was actually the first live jazz group I ever heard back when I was a kid in St. Louis. So along with most players of my generation, I have a real affection for the music of 'Horace Silver.'

- David Sanborn

Rules I Think

Jazz music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. Especially jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama out of it.

- David Sanborn

Other Comedians

Comedians talk to other comedians the way jazz musicians can talk to each other.

- David Steinberg

Been Trained

I'm a classically trained jazz pianist - I've been playing since I was 3 years old.

- Daya

Love Broccoli

I'd love to give my girls a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey and all that jazz, but we've raised them to love Tuscan food so much that they don't care for it. My favorite is a nice polenta with beef stew and broccoli rabe on the side.

- Debi Mazar

Used Lot

And I used to listen to a lot of jazz.

- Debra Wilson

Year Some

What I see for the band by the end of this year is the Complex live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I want my guys to be comfortable. I'm certainly not in this for the money, but I'd really like to see my guys make some money off of this stuff.

- Jimmy Chamberlin

The Most Important

Jazz is a hard music, and you have to really work hard and also have fun performing; that's the most important thing.

- Joey Alexander

Thought Play

You're just sort of searching for this 'thing' and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.

- John Abercrombie

Play Mixing

I started out trying to play more straight-ahead jazz. I went to Berklee in the early '60s when it was a brand new school, and so there was no fusion music. There wasn't a lot of mixing together of different kinds of music at that time, so jazz was kind of pure jazz.

- John Abercrombie

Young More

The way I evolved was playing straight-ahead jazz into playing more fusion-type stuff just because I was young enough to get into it. As I get older, I find myself coming back to where I kind of started.

- John Abercrombie