Best Quotes About Jazz

Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout. -Melvin Maddocks

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with. -Duke Ellington

It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage. -Isadora Duncan

Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary. -Francoise Sagan

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands. -George Santayana

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man. -Ray Charles

I love music, I love all kinds of music, particularly jazz. Jazz is an extension of America. There's no other country in the world that could have produced jazz. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character. -Bill Frist

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. -Benny Green

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

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch. -Count Basie

I still play jazz, and I've always got that trumpet very handy, but I'm coming to feel the classical venues are where my main focus is, in the realm of symphonic pops. -Doc Severinsen

Personally, I think young musicians need to learn to play more than one style. Jazz can only enhance the classical side, and classical can only enhance the jazz. I started out playing classical, because you have to have that as a foundation. -Doc Severinsen

I haven't a great jazz band, and I don't want one. -Glenn Miller

I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary, pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends. -Walter Becker

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians. -Walter Becker

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. -Tony Iommi

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

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. -Dave Mustaine

Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught. -Paul Desmond

I didn't plan on rock-n-roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz, and I thought I could make some money playing music. -Robby Krieger

My music is jazz. -Yusef Lateef

As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am. -George Benson

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

You know, it's funny… when you're making money, people don't think you're playing jazz. Now when you're not making money, people think that you're a good jazz musician. -Pete Fountain

Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It's bigger than a word. It's a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It's something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live. -Ray Brown

I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio – much to my parent's disapproval. -Jeff Beck

It is rare that even a jazz musician finds an individual voice. -David Baker

If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world. -Don Ellis

In fact, jazz has such a great feeling and great emotional content that it really doesn't require you to have technical understanding of it. I think you just have to allow your feelings to go with the music and you will find yourself carried along by it fairly quickly. -Dave Holland

My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz. -Dan Hicks

I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz guitarist and a harmonica player. -Karen Black

Some people say there was no jazz tenor before me. All I know is I just had a way of playing and I didn't think in terms of any other instrument but the tenor. -Coleman Hawkins

I think I was supposed to play jazz. -Herbie Hancock

It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself. -Herbie Hancock

It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz. -Herbie Hancock

One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing things differently from what other people were doing. -Herbie Hancock

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness. -Herbie Hancock

The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails. -Federico Garcia Lorca

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music. -Nina Simone

Jazz really does try to include everything. It's always been popular music. But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances. -Madeleine Peyroux

I listened to Billie Holiday a lot in order to learn to sing. She remains one of the extraordinary jazz singers. But my intent is to become my own voice, to be able to interpret these songs in my own way. -Madeleine Peyroux

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none. -Olivier Messiaen

The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do. -Billy Higgins

The French – they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time. -Billy Higgins

It's something that – jazz is one of the few things that you can go and listen to, I don't care where you're from, what you are, what background you come from – there's something there for you. -Billy Higgins

The first thing is, jazz is one of the few things to let you know that there is a God and there is a creation. -Billy Higgins

Jazz needs the help. It's the more sophisticated music. All the other music is on the TV, but jazz isn't. -Billy Higgins

I think that people should learn about that. In most music, there's one way that you do something, and that's the only way. In jazz, it's a lot different. -Billy Higgins

I like contemporary American literature and I like biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and I like writers who write about the human condition and sci-fi is just something that I happened into. -Jonathan Frakes

Certainly one of the more common experiences in the jazz field is discovering someone new. Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers, voyagers. We want to join in on whatever we hear. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape. -Gary Burton

As far as I'm concerned, blues and jazz are the great American contributions to music. -Edgar Winter

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences. -Wyclef Jean

I'm saddened to see that everyone's pitched out the baby with the bath, in that we say that it can't be one or the other, it could be both. I mean, just because we listen to classical music doesn't mean that we can't listen to jazz. -Don Bluth

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

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century. -Jeff Healey

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

So I was always around music and my dad was in his own way a progressive jazzer, a big band jazzer guy. -Billy Sherwood

Well, I guess my unease with that is… I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase – smooth jazz, as opposed to what? -David Sanborn

I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong. -Philip Levine

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

If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they're based in the U.K. I'm a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to. -Eric San

My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around. -Louis Prima

We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands. -Michael Giles

I've been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life. -Kenneth Rexroth

They always say that jazz doesn't sell, but it's a lie, because it does sell, and it sells consistently year in and year out. -Lester Bowie

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues. -Luther Allison

I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it. -Keith Emerson

I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place. -William Bell

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

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something that's never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish. -Charlie Haden

I want them to come away with discovering the music inside them. And not thinking about themselves as jazz musicians, but thinking about themselves as good human beings, striving to be a great person and maybe they'll become a great musician. -Charlie Haden

I don't like freedom jazz – I think it's void of roots and void of foundation. -George Shearing

Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful things about jazz music. -Maynard Ferguson

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know how to read music is over. -Maynard Ferguson

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

I was totally into jazz in my teens. -Andy Summers

I like to listen to classical music… I like mainline jazz. -Herb Alpert

Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived. -Herb Alpert

I was in every band class I could get in, like after school jazz band and marching band, and that's where I really learned to read music from elementary all the way through junior high and high school. -Chad Smith

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs. We write them together; we just get in a room, or on occasion in Flea's garage. We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians. -Chad Smith

The way that we imitate each others' riffs is something that other bands don't do as much. If we're jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that. -Mike Gordon

I also like Western classical music and jazz. -Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Everybody in all countries tries to play jazz. -Thelonious Monk

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

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz. -John Eaton

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician. -Michael Parkinson

I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn't into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I'm still surprising people. -Bobby Vinton

I can imagine an utter hatred for the jazz avant-garde. -Matthew Shipp

The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk – that is confrontational. That's just a part of the language of jazz – at a certain point. -Matthew Shipp

I think what we need is a more welcoming mode from the people who put on a hundred million country-western shows on television. How about a monthly jazz show? -Sonny Rollins

Many jazz artists go to L.A. seeking a more comfortable life and then they really stop playing. -Sonny Rollins

I don't want to appear hostile, like I'm hostile to L.A. or that I feel that the people don't appreciate jazz. I don't think it's that. I think it's something more. It's something a little bit more complicated than that. -Sonny Rollins

I think we are in the midst of this period where we are committing this suicide on the planet and everybody is just using up all of our natural resources like a bunch of insane people. That's what I worry about more than I worry about jazz. -Sonny Rollins

I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz. -Sonny Rollins

I enjoy playing clubs. I still enjoy the closeness of the nightclub venue. However, after a certain period of time and after playing around some of the clubs in New YorkI felt that jazz should be presented in a more prestigious atmosphere. -Sonny Rollins

I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves. -Sonny Rollins

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking themselves to death and not really being able to get any work and working in small, funky jazz clubs. -Sonny Rollins

What I can say is that for may years jazz musicians had to go to Europe, for instance, to be respected and to be sort of treated not in a discriminatory way. I don't think there is anything controversial about me saying that. This is just a fact. -Sonny Rollins

You had many jazz musicians who lived in the United States, who had a hard time being accepted over here and had to play in sort of these inferior type dives. -Sonny Rollins

Europeans really provided many venues over there and hailed the jazz artists, and a lot of musicians went over there and stayed over there for a long time. A lot of them moved over there, lived over there, and died over there. -Sonny Rollins

I've played with all of the heavyweights in the modern jazz, progressive jazz movement. I've been fortunate enough to play with them, a who's who. All of those guys, I've been fortunate enough to have performed with. -Sonny Rollins

There are singers that I have enjoyed, from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward. But the music that made music the number one thing for me as a youth was jazz. -Robert Wyatt

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last. -David Amram

We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life. -David Amram

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

In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead. -David Amram

And I used to listen to a lot of jazz. -Debra Wilson

The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise. -Kenny G

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

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

I played saxophone, so I was into jazz. I learned from each audience and each teacher that I had. I can't really tell you any rules or anything, but the way I develop my beliefs is really just by personally learning from different situations. -Chad Hugo

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song… that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of. -Brian Setzer

I was a beginner again. I practiced hard and used to listen very closely to recordings of American jazz drummers such as Tony Williams and Kenny Clarke. -Jamie Muir

This music that was supposed to only come from tapes like in any restaurant. Something would happened. One bird will start to do a little jazz thing, and another bird will start to answer. -John Hench

That's the thing about jazz: it's free flowing, it comes from your soul. -Billy Crystal

We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big. -Carly Simon

Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones. -Gerry Mulligan

It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way. -Gerry Mulligan

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock. -Gyorgy Ligeti

I'm really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now – the New Orleans stuff – a lot more than I did before. -John Goodman

I was exposed to jazz early on. -Mark White

Tone on jazz guitars is a real tough issue. -Mark White

I have made a film about jazz that tries to look through jazz to see what it tells us about who we are as a people. I think that jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a kind of look into our redemptive future possibilities. -Ken Burns

The stories from 1975 on are not finished and there is no resolve. I could spend 50 hours on the last 25 years of jazz and still not do it justice. -Ken Burns

By its very nature, no one person can ever be the center of jazz. -Ken Burns

I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on. -Ken Burns

The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts. -Ken Burns

We're having a hard time understanding where jazz is going. What happened to jazz? -Ken Burns

A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm. -Ken Burns

It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore. -Branford Marsalis

The whole point is, give me a break with the standards. You go to the average jazz label and suggest a record and they want to know which standards you're going to play. I'm saying let's break the formula. -Branford Marsalis

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life. -Branford Marsalis

The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid. -Branford Marsalis

I'm not going to play funk licks on a jazz album. That makes no sense. -Branford Marsalis

That's kind of like how jazz is sometimes. You're out there predicting the future, and no one believes you. -Branford Marsalis

I think that one of the problems that jazz has is that it's so incestuous that it's starting to kill itself. -Branford Marsalis

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews that I've read is that the more popular successful jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community. -Branford Marsalis

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene. And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was that there were too few groups. -Branford Marsalis

What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America. -Branford Marsalis

I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet. -Al Jarreau

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's Dream' almost every day from the time I was born. -Benny Green

I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions? -Joni Mitchell

You need better technique than I have to play jazz, but what you have to do is the same thing, isn't it? -Charlie Watts

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life. -Amy Tan

Most of the stuff I learned to play, I learned in high school. I had a band in high school, a jazz-fusion thing, and I was the keyboard player. I was interested in how the instruments worked and the theory behind playing with them. -Brian McKnight

I like a lot of electronica. I like older jazz rather than newer. -Greg Ginn

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who, in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color. He used the piano as his canvas. -Roberta Flack

I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues. -Dinah Shore

I took several years of dance lessons that included ballet, tap and jazz. They helped a great deal with body control, balance, a sense of rhythm, and timing. -Lynn Swann

The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice. -Lucinda Williams

I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful! -Tom Verlaine

As a kid, I used to go see all the jazz players, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespe. -Jim Coleman

Then I took 8 years of French Horn, first jazz, and then classical. -Jim Coleman

I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop. -Anita Diament

It's sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid. -Andy Partridge

If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't write today a very jazzy, contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire. -Edmund White

Life is a lot like jazz… it's best when you improvise. -George Gershwin

I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz in New York on the radio. -Steve Lacy

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz. -Steve Lacy

I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever. -Steve Lacy

Risk is at the heart of jazz. Every note we play is a risk. -Steve Lacy

There is an awful lot of what I call recreational jazz going on, where people go out and learn a particular language or style and become real sharks on somebody else's language. -Steve Lacy

I've gone the full spectrum – from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop – and the public has accepted what I've done through it all. I think it means I've been doing something right at the right time. -Lou Rawls

I have to plead basic ignorance of most new jazz artists here. -Gary Lucas

I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool. -John Otto

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

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

When you are studying jazz, the best thing to do is listen to records or listen to live music. It isn't as though you go to a teacher. You just listen as much as you can and absorb everything. -Carla Bley

I think Wes Montgomery is the greatest jazz guitarist that ever lived. -Kevin Eubanks

If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you're playing rock, you use a pick. There's really no rhyme or reason to that other than that's just the way it has been. -Kevin Eubanks

Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say. -Mahalia Jackson

One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it. -Mahalia Jackson

As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction. -Stan Getz

You don't rehearse jazz to death to get the camera angles. -Stan Getz

I am not a jazz singer. I wouldn't place myself on that footing. I wouldn't even enter that arena. -Boz Scaggs

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice. -Boz Scaggs

I'm not a jazz singer. -Boz Scaggs

To most jazz critics I was basically Kenny G. -Herbie Mann

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing. -Kathy Acker

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me, if he's not playing electrically. But Jeff Beck's great to listen to. -Ritchie Blackmore

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. -Ray Manzarek

I don't limit my taste. There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera. I've been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock. -Rick Moranis

I wanted to play some more grown-up music – jazz. -Rick Derringer

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. -Etta James

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even. -Elvis Costello

Well, I had started a program which is even longer running than this one in 1967 which was a jazz program called The Best of Jazz and that still goes out on Monday nights. That's been going for 33 years or something. -Humphrey Lyttelton

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on. -Van Morrison

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything. -Van Morrison

Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure. -Ralph Bakshi

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble! -Etta James

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than that because he knows that the only truly creative musician is the jazz musician. -Buddy Rich

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with. -Roy Ayers

People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play. -Roy Ayers

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

Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues. -John Mayall

To me, Bill's musical heart is in Earthworks, in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit. -Robert Fripp

So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact that the bass player could not play his instrument. -Miroslav Vitous

I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan. -Norman Granz

I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it. -Norman Granz

I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan. -Norman Granz

I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now. -Norman Granz

The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing. -Norman Granz

The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz. -Norman Granz

When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find. -Norman Granz

Today jazz is still very much alive. Everywhere I go there's a new generation of musicians. -Toots Thielemans

Well, being a jazz musician is not a rose garden! -Toots Thielemans

I continued studying by myself in the field of jazz with my own technique of improvisation, walking bass lines, rhythms, all kinds of stuff, which I created for myself. -Miroslav Vitous

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here. -Miroslav Vitous

The economic picture in the States today doesn't allow for jazz concerts in a tour fashion. People now are too used to the Festival, which gives them more names for the same price. -Norman Granz

I've been working on something, just some jazz, relaxed stuff. It will be standard, just piano and voice. It started out as a fun project for me though, I'm still not sure about releasing it. -Justin Guarini

So our ears got used to listening to jazz in the place that it was that the bass player could not play. No one really realized it and really addressed it until the bass players who could play their instrument came along and started doing something with it. -Miroslav Vitous

Amsterdam must have more than a million people. But the only area where jazz is really profitable and successful in an economic sense is in Japan. That's because they haven't been exposed enough. -Norman Granz

Coltrane was moving out of jazz into something else. And certainly Miles Davis was doing the same thing. -Jan Garbarek

The only element of jazz that I keep is improvisation. -Jan Garbarek

There's a certain phraseology involved in jazz, and I've moved away from that. -Jan Garbarek

Miles Davis fully embraced possibilities and delved into it. He was criticized heavily from the jazz side. He was supposed to be part of a tradition, but he didn't consider himself part of a tradition. -Bill Laswell

My music isn't anything but me. It has jazz in it, and rock'n'roll, and it has an urgency to it. -Neil Young

I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles that are in almost any discussion about jazz. -Pat Metheny

I think I represent a more left-wing view of what jazz is. -Pat Metheny

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds. -Pat Metheny

The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities. -Pat Metheny

If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that's because that's where I'm going to find inspiration. -Ben Harper

What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word – I love it. -Dexter Gordon

In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically. -Dexter Gordon

Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days. -Evan Parker

Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning. -Rita Coolidge

I recorded my first jazz record in the '70s. -Rita Coolidge

I've always loved jazz. -Rita Coolidge

I've always wanted to record a jazz record. I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll. It's been a journey. -Rita Coolidge

I wanted to make a jazz record. I didn't want it to be a standards record. -Rita Coolidge

Jazz radio is not very friendly to pop singers who decide to make a jazz record. But a lot of people have been. A lot of the people I've talked to like the record. -Rita Coolidge

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence. That's always a challenge. -Rita Coolidge

It seems that jazz is more cerebral and more mathematical in a sense. -Rita Coolidge

I think you have to have a jazz pedigree to be on jazz radio. -Rita Coolidge

The month of September is Women in Jazz, so I'm doing jazz there in September. I'm in for the duration. -Rita Coolidge

When I sang that song, I felt it was almost as if some force had moved into my body. Things like that have only happened to me singing jazz. It doesn't happen when singing pop. I get so deeply into the music, it feels like I've become someone else. -Rita Coolidge

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again, some jazz. -Alan Vega

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

Everything we did, we did live – and then Bobby took it home and chopped it up and edited it. Which is pretty much what they did with every jazz record you've ever heard. -Charlie Hunter

In a way, the history of jazz's development is a small mirror of classical music's development through the centuries. Now jazz is a living form of original music, while classical music has gotten to the end of its cycle in terms of exploring its form. -Mike Figgis

Women like to watch women fight because it makes them feel sort of empowered physically and mentally. They feel kind of jazzed and excited by it. -Lucy Liu

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent. -Billy Joel

Well, actually, I don't consider myself a jazz legend or anything. -Joseph Jarman

I've been informed by both sides, jazz, western music, Asian music, African music, all sides, because I've been interested in the sound of the universe, and that sound is without limit. -Joseph Jarman

I love good rock'n'roll, blues and jazz, gospel, and a little reggae. -Jerry Hall

I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who were nervous about what they had just bought for a jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase, but are increasingly coming again. -Bill Bruford

I'm not a big jazz fan. -Warren Zevon

I missed jazz, kind of. And by the time I came to it in life, it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly. -Warren Zevon

I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it. It's not for me. -Ted Rall

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz. -Robert Quine

Diana Krall knocks me out. I like jazz and I like her simple approach. -Merle Haggard

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

I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play. Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat, and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you, so I do that too. So my snare tilts away from me. -Travis Barker

And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school. -Travis Barker

I listen to jazz and gospel… yeah that's basically what I listen to. -Anwar Robinson

I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of having the scale of it matching the scale of the images. Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff. -Jonny Greenwood

I think that the jazzy approach that I have is based on the way that I hear music and in the way I play a supporting role to the other people in the band. -Jimmy Chamberlin

After the war, once the bop revolution had taken hold, there were all kinds of young musicians, talented young musicians, who were ready for this fusion of classical and jazz. -Gunther Schuller

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

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

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

It was a particularly interesting and exciting time, and the European political and artistic establishment was turned on by the Civil Rights Movement and the artistic revolution that was becoming a part of jazz. -Archie Shepp

Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and chops serve a different function in jazz. -Marc Ribot

Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though! -Geezer Butler

Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play. -Oscar Peterson

Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing. -Oscar Peterson

You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz. -Oscar Peterson

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

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues. -Mose Allison

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality. -Mose Allison

I just try to do as good job with the material as I can and play some jazz as well, some improvised music, and do that every night. Just see where it goes. -Mose Allison

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden. -Mose Allison

The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot happenin' in New York at that time. -Mose Allison

Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also. -Suzi Quatro

Orchestras are not used to playing the kind of stuff jazz musicians like to play. It requires a lot of rehearsal and recording time, so it's much easier to do on a synth or sampler. So, we came up with that idea. -Eberhard Weber

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos, acoustic bass and it's a dead standard, you are going to play very differently. It depends on the music. -Lee Ritenour

Here in England we live at a slower pace, have more time to enjoy things – like good jazz. -Chris Barber

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. -Don DeLillo

Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary. -Lee Konitz

I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to. -Lee Konitz

As long as there are people trying to play music in a sincere way, there will be some jazz. -Lee Konitz

Bernstein grew up in my building in New York. He's a very, very fine player. When he was a kid, he came by to find out what was going on in the world of jazz. -Lee Konitz

I listen to jazz mainly. Mainstream jazz. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I like a very dark house, just black. I sit there and just think. Once I'm still and quiet inside, I'll begin. It's very personal; it has to be. One song may be Bach, the next blues, a song from TV, or a nursery rhyme or jazz piece. -Bobby McFerrin

Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time. -Bobby McFerrin

I'd actually been making my living as an organist with bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old, and then as a senior in high school I put together a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet. -Bobby McFerrin

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. -Wynton Marsalis

People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it's jazz music-it's not easy for them to get to it. I don't want them ever to feel that I'm taking their presence lightly. -Wynton Marsalis

I don't know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record. -Gary Cherone

I have a bachelor's and a master's in jazz. -Jon Secada

Mars is really different, into art. Lydia Lunch is more energy. James Chance is more commercial in a different way, in funk and jazz. They were all doing original things, trying to create their own sound and music. I think they're all great. -Ikue Mori

My mother is a singer, still performs today; she's a jazz singer. -Jan Hammer

Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music. -Jan Hammer

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. -Louis Armstrong

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz. -Lou Reed

The blues and jazz will live forever… So will the Delta and the Big Easy. -Jack Nicholson

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. -Louis Armstrong

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it. -George Foreman

The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas. -Miles Davis

I'd rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll. -Ginger Baker

If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music. -Ginger Baker

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist. -Nat King Cole

I'm always looking for ways to develop as an artist, especially as a jazz artist-to find different ways of testing my voice. -Cassandra Wilson

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz. -Cassandra Wilson

Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear. -Ralph Ellison

I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll. -Adrian Mitchell

I've often cringed when I heard myself described as a jazz singer. I've always thought of myself as a jazz vocalist. -Cassandra Wilson

Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can't explain it. They really can't translate feeling because they're not part of it. That's why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It's not. It's feeling. -Bill Evans

Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window and have a good look at jazz. And I've done that on many occasions. -J. J. Johnson

Louis Armstrong is quite simply the most important person in American music. He is to 20th century music (I did not say jazz) what Einstein is to physics. -Ken Burns

What 'jazz' means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice. The term 'jazz' has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians. -Maxim Gorky

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. -Frank Gehry

The type of music that I love to sing would have to be more bluesy and jazzy and more soul-like 'cause I love to belt when it comes to singing, so I guess bigger songs are what I lean more towards. -Thia Megia

My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen – I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz. -Casey Abrams

You know I want to sing for people, I want to jazz people up I want to make new music that they've never heard. -Casey Abrams

I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards – Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin. -Zooey Deschanel

But if you want to be a songwriter-based musician, whether you play punk or rock or country or jazz, whatever, you have to work on your songwriting and you have to work on being able to play in front of people, I think. That performance is how you create the groundwork for a lasting career. -Amy Ray

I love the sounds of Latin jazz, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, all that stuff. I'm a radio kid. -Mario Vazquez

Music is a huge part of my life, I enjoy every genre of music from jazz to country, and I even get down with a bit of hip hop. -Nicole Richie

I'm a great jazz fan. -Vidal Sassoon

My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences. -Haley Reinhart

I like mellow music. I like some jazz. But I'm not a big hard rock guy. -Gary Carter

I started writing songs when I was 10. It was a natural way to express myself as a kid. It wasn't until I started listening to jazz, joined the choir and picked up a guitar that my little hobby became something far more serious. -Kimbra

I was serious about ballet for a long time, but my mom got me into tap and jazz and modern and hip-hop, and I was one of those over-lessoned children. -Greta Gerwig

Shoes are a big part of your look. I think that if your outfit isn't really something special, then fun footwear is a great way to jazz it up and make your ensemble more interesting. -Christian Siriano

I love that pre-mod jazz look of the late Fifties, the Steve McQueen style that influenced the British modernists. -Martin Freeman

I like all kinds of music, though I tend to prefer jazz and classics. -Erik Larson

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. -Etta James

My personal trainer is an ex-dancer so we do a lot of ballet and jazz. -Rachel Stevens

I love jazz music and sad music. I'm a sentimental guy. I'm a romantic guy. -Fred Durst

I wasn't a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants. -Norah Jones

I wasn't very aware of pop music because I attended an arts school. For me, it was all about jazz. -Norah Jones

I used to be a jazz snob, believe it or not. I sort of turned my nose up at anything more commercial. -Norah Jones

I would love to make a real jazz album someday because I never have. But that's something I'm not in a rush to do. -Norah Jones

I could do without 'cool' publications calling me 'mom jazz.' But I laughed all the way to the bank, baby. -Norah Jones

I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz. -Bela Fleck

You know, somebody mentioned that I was sort of a jazz-pop singer. And I'm thrilled that somebody would find that, at last, in my presentation, because it's such a part of where I live. -Melissa Manchester

I like to say, jazz music is kind of like my musical equivalent of comfort food. You know, it's always where I go back to when I just want to feel sort of grounded. -Molly Ringwald

I used to sing with my father's jazz band and then when I was ten years old a musician friend of his suggested that I try out for the first west coast production of Annie. -Molly Ringwald

Bach was a top harmonist geezer, which is why the jazz cats love him. -Nigel Kennedy

I've learnt new scales through playing different types of music, like Indian raga scales, gipsy scales and harmonically-based jazz scales. -Nigel Kennedy

I have a fondness for jazz, particularly for jazz singers, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald all the way through the Sinatra era. -Bob Iger

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

Some songs are just going to be acoustic with just maybe some light background stuff going on and maybe violin or something like that. Or sax – I mean, I'm definitely having some sax. That's just what I love. It's going to be jazz-rock stuff. That's what I'm aiming for. -Phillip Phillips

Certainly, jazz has become more of a niche, which is surprising, because it's our music. It's the national music of America. -Renee Fleming

I put out a recording of me singing mostly jazz because I wanted people to know I'm coming from a jazz background. -Rickie Lee Jones

I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock 'n' roll especially comes from blues. -David Johansen

It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most. Singers, like Frank Sinatra and myself, we interpret the songs that we like. Not unlike a Shakespearean actor that goes back to the greatest words ever written, we go back to the greatest songs. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I have a secret love of jazz. -Carly Rae Jepsen

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. -Carlos Santana

I never really liked poetry readings; I liked to read poetry by myself, but I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group. -Leonard Cohen

Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues. -Willie Nelson

I've got my own studio, and I've got four- to five-hundred unreleased tracks. I've got stuff that's electronic, orchestral, jazz, I've got rock, I've got metal, you know, I don't have polka. -Serj Tankian

In the last few years I've been listening to jazz more than anything else. I listen to a lot of world music and experimental here and there. -Serj Tankian

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.

As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually. -Julie Andrews

I don't play the traditional Charlie Parker songs. But I do improvise and I do create with my instrument, and that to me is jazz. But there are people who use the word 'jazz' only in a traditional sense, and they would be offended by that, and that's fine. -Kenny G

I think everybody has to kind of decide what the word 'jazz' means to them, and that's fine. -Kenny G

Just figure out what you think jazz is, and then if it fits into that category, it's jazz, and if it doesn't, it isn't. It's no big deal. -Kenny G

Well, Grover Washington was my main influence and when I went to college, I started listening to more of the jazz masters like Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane. -Kenny G

The strange thing about Africa is how past, present and future come together in a kind of rough jazz, if you like. -Ben Okri

Before I became a writer, I was running a jazz bar in the center of Tokyo, which means that I worked in filthy air all the time late into the night. I was very excited when I started making a living out of my writing, and I decided, 'I will live in nothing but an absolutely healthy way.' -Haruki Murakami

Free form jazz means absolutely nothing to me. Because there are no boundaries. -Jon Lord

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz. -Lou Reed

Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion. -Christina Aguilera

With Barack Obama as president and the super-happening Michelle Obama as First Lady, you would think a new tone, a new tune, a kicky new jazzitude, would have entered Washington discourse, but it remains a landlocked island unto itself, held captive by its tribal fevers. -James Wolcott

It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled 'Big Band' completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and includes Wynton Marsalis. -LeRoy Neiman

There's a richness to the old works if you look before the 1950s. The chord progressions and the language was more complicated, especially in the jazz and classical world. -Tori Amos

You're not going to hear me do a rap song, you're not going to hear me do a jazz song. We have to be true to our roots, do what we do, and try to do it a little better each time. -Bob Seger

If I'm going to be a jazz player, I need to understand Miles Davis. -Ice T

For me writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. -Francoise Sagan

Film in the 20th century, it's the American art form, like jazz. -Martin Scorsese

I usually listen to surf music, not much instrumental music, and when I was younger I listened to jazz. -John Hughes

I listened to the radio, so I was influenced by everyone from Michael Jackson to Milli Vanilli. But thankfully my dad had a collection of Cat Stevens albums while my mom was listening to jazz. -Jason Mraz

I would say that jazz is my own language. -Amy Winehouse

The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now. -Amy Winehouse

On the radio I listen to the easy-listening stations, the jazz stations. -Patti Page

I was always very leery of my piano playing. As a young kid, I wanted to be a jazz musician, but my taste was far greater than my ability. -Mike Stoller

Maybe a part of me recognized how right the improvising spirit of jazz is. Not the sounds, but the freedom to work with musicians who work that way. It felt very natural to me, but I think there's a way to do it without it being a jazz record. -Jane Siberry

I began with dance, doing ballet at 3, then tap, jazz, modern. Then I sang in church choirs, learned how to play clarinet and drums, sang with rock bands and only then did I get into musical theatre. -Samantha Barks

Painting, I think it's like jazz. -Brian Eno

I don't want to do free jazz! Because free jazz – which is the musical equivalent of free marketeering – isn't actually free at all. It's just constrained by what your muscles can do. -Brian Eno

Ragtime has about the same amount of respect as comics. And in a way they're similar art forms. Ragtime is highly compositional, and the emotion in the music is built in, whereas in jazz a lot of that emotion comes from the way it's performed. -Chris Ware

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

I knew even if I'm a cowboy, I'm going to be involved in jazz in some way. -Dave Brubeck

That's the beauty of music. You can take a theme from a Bach sacred chorale and improvise. It doesn't make any difference where the theme comes from; the treatment of it can be jazz. -Dave Brubeck

Jazz isn't dead yet. It's the underpinning of everything in this country. Whether it's a Broadway show, or fusion, or right on through classical music, if it's coming out of the U.S., it's not going to survive unless it's got some jazz influence. -Dave Brubeck

Many people don't understand how disciplined you have to be to play jazz… And that is really the idea of democracy – freedom within the Constitution or discipline. You don't just get out there and do anything you want. -Dave Brubeck

Jazz is about freedom within discipline. Usually a dictatorship like in Russia and Germany will prevent jazz from being played because it just seemed to represent freedom, democracy and the United States. -Dave Brubeck

My own Brubeck Institute in California is turning out fantastic young jazz players, and I know great things will happen. -Dave Brubeck

Do you think Duke Ellington didn't listen to Debussy? Louis Armstrong loved opera, did you know that? Name me a jazz pianist who wasn't influenced by European music! -Dave Brubeck

I am comfortable with anything I sing: jazz, gospel, classical. It doesn't matter. I can do it all. -Ruben Studdard

Actors have to make you believe that it's happening for the first time and all that jazz and make it human and at the same time entertain you. -Tom Sizemore

I listen to all those kinds of music, from classic soul to hip-hop to Brazilian music to, you know, jazz to indie to alternative. So whatever. I listen to all if it. Classic rock and classic pop, all of that. -John Legend

I was curious and hungry at a young age, and jazz was such a mystery to me, an ocean where you can express yourself in the moment. It represented freedom, it represented wearing wings and going somewhere with music. -Paula Cole

I'd love to act. I feel that it's another naked, mysterious challenge, like jazz. It kind of intrigues me in the same way. -Paula Cole

I listen to Neil Young and jazz and classical stations and, if my girlfriend's driving, it tends to be Hall & Oates. -Frank Black

I actually find a lot of parallels in jazz and cartooning. -Gary Larson

Some musicians play blues, others classical jazz or bluegrass. I like to play political roles because I can merge my political interests with my creative interests. -Jeffrey Wright

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

I would love to do a biopic of a famous singer, like Diana Ross or Donna Summer, or an old jazz story that we haven't seen before. I would love to do that! I would love to play Diana Ross 'cause she's an icon. I'm salivating to do that. -Taraji P. Henson

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

I've always romanticized the late '40s and '50s – the cars, jazz, the open roads and lack of pollution. Now there are more vehicles, less hitchhikers, more billboards and power lines and stuff. People wrote wonderful long letters that took months to receive, and now everything is email. -Garrett Hedlund

And more than anything, I like the improvisation of jazz. That's the same thing with DJ-ing. There's so much improvisation you can do with cuttin' and scratchin' that's reminiscent of jazz music, because it's all about how you feel. You're capturing a vibe and just going with it. -DJ Jazzy Jeff

As much as I am hip-hop, I'm soul. As much as I am soul, I'm a turntablist. As much as I'm a DJ, I love jazz and rock. -DJ Jazzy Jeff

I'd been a wedding singer through college, but after a few years of doing my best renditions of jazz standards to clinking glasses and the sound of forks on salad, I thought, 'Oh God, if this is all I do, I'll never be able to live with myself.' -Idina Menzel

I made a good living for a teenager. And I had to learn all different kinds of music – jazz, swing, Motown, pop – and that inspired what kind of music I started to write. -Idina Menzel

I went to school for engineering, I studied jazz. So I always had this kind of creative side and technical side, and I thought architecture might be the way to combine them, so I went to architecture school in New York. -Joseph Kosinski

I saw 'True Blood' once, and I like the jazzy feel of it and stuff. -Norman Reedus

I love Rihanna's new album, Skrillex, and Norah Jones. They're are all very different, but I love any rock, pop, and jazz. -Ashley Benson

Yes, I have been studying piano since I was six. Classical, jazz, compositional, Broadway, everything. I just love it all. -Janel Parrish

So many people report to be contemporary dancers, and they're not. They are sort of jazz dancers that feel like they're throwing a bit of classical in there. I mean, a true contemporary dancer has got ballet as their base and classical ballet, and that is their base. And then they choose to extemporize on that and go into a contemporary world. -Nigel Lythgoe

There's this certain caliber of dancing I was striving for when I was younger, and it's very hard for me to go back and just do it for fun. But I take all other kinds of classes: I take jazz classes, modern classes, and I love doing that instead of going to the gym. The gym is not very much fun. -Summer Glau

I'm an advocate of music in schools. It's important to me that music is in as many schools as possible across this country and across the world. I think that it's a lost art form because kids aren't as exposed to it as maybe they used to be, or should be. I was exposed heavily to jazz and that's why I love it. -Chrisette Michele

My CD collection has a lot of world music – lots of Indian, African, Portuguese, Greek, Italian music. Because of my husband, a lot of jazz, too. -Kiran Ahluwalia

My secret dream has always been to be a jazz musician. I tried the saxophone for a year or two when I was younger, but unfortunately I had to face the fact that I was not really talented! -Gaspard Ulliel

I don't think theater is dying, and musicals are a great American art form. We've got apple pie, jazz and musical theater. -Laura Benanti

All the folks I play with come from jazz backgrounds or at least appreciate spontaneity within the parameters of a pop song. -Andrew Bird

I always say that the problem with jazz accessibility is not the content of the music, it's people's ability to access it. -Esperanza Spalding

If you don't already know about jazz music, how would you be exposed? How would get an opportunity to find out if it spoke to you? If you get exposed to it enough, you might find a taste for it. -Esperanza Spalding

Salsa, classic rock, soul music, jazz… all of that was a part of my education in making hip-hop music. -Aloe Blacc

I really don't care at all what people call me as long as they're listening to the music and talking about it. They can call me a space-jazz flautist. I don't care at all. -Mayer Hawthorne

I was really fortunate growing up to have a broad musical education. My parents listened to all kinds of music, rock, soul, Motown, jazz, Frank Sinatra, everything. -Mayer Hawthorne

My father was a jazz tenor sax player. He played in a lot of big bands. So I had that sound around me all the time. The first record that really caught my ear was Clifford Brown's 'Brownie Eyes.' I grew up listening to John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet. This is where I come from… I love improvisational music. -Meshell Ndegeocello

When I discovered Gil Scott-Heron, I discovered a musical hero, a man who spoke baritone truth to power over jazzy funk at a time when funky music was primarily about shake, shake, shaking your booty. -Will Hermes

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

We are serious about our music here in Philadelphia, and jazz has meant a lot to this city. -Michael Nutter

I was in punk rock bands, heavy metal bands, world music bands, jazz groups, any type of music that would take me. I just love music. -Reggie Watts

Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme. -Richard Holbrooke

You know, jazz is the mother of all American music. R&B and pop and rap and everything are the branches on the main tree of the life of music, American music, which is jazz. -Eric Burdon

I used to hang out a lot in jazz clubs, and the groups took to a kid like me who wasn't afraid to get up and sing with a jazz band. Then I started to hang out in rock clubs and learned to carry off different styles. -Eric Burdon

When I started recording, I thought I'd be able to do all kinds of records: jazz, country, dance – and I've always wanted to do a gospel album. -Tom Jones

One of my problems is I'm not really sure if I slot into rock or not. I've always tried to combine world music, folk, jazz, blues and rock, and have done since Traffic. -Steve Winwood

I had 12 years of classical music as a child, playing piano competitions as a teenager, playing in blues bands and rock 'n' roll bands, country and jazz bands. I played in about any situation. -Ronnie Milsap

My work has been marginalized as far as the jazz-business complex is concerned, or the contemporary-music complex. -Anthony Braxton

I do find modern jazz quite tricky. -Jane Asher

It was actually my partner, Bernard Edwards, who helped me develop my sort of funky jazz style. -Nile Rodgers

Trust me, the only real way to understand 'Chic' is in highfalutin terms. Our chord progressions were based on European modal melodies. I made those early 'Chic' records to impress my jazz friends. -Nile Rodgers

My father was a jazz listener, and I think, at least before I was 5, I was not so into that. Although there were records that emphasized percussion that I liked, like Baby Dodds. -Wallace Shawn

I'd like to do something involving jazz. But books are how I earn my living, and I'd like to stay with the horse I rode in on. -James McBride

I grew up around jazz. I love jazz. -Baz Luhrmann

I'm the first one out on the dance floor. In college I had to take jazz, ballet and tap dancing, but, before that, it was just social. -Miles Teller

I got my love of jazz from my stepfather, who was a jazz musician. -Flea

But if you listen to great piano players, both classical and jazz, there's a huge range of dynamics and colors and emotional expression that's possible with the instrument. -Gary Burton

There are a few things that I will hopefully be credited for as a pioneer. One is my four-mallet playing. Another one is the starting what was first called jazz rock in 1967 when I started my first band, later became jazz fusion by the 1970s. -Gary Burton

I liked the more sophisticated urban style of blues like Ray Charles and B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Lou Rawls; people like that with more of a tendency toward jazz. -Edgar Winter

I'm primarily thought of as a rocker, and certainly 'Frankenstein' had a very dramatic power rock image. It was almost a precursor of heavy metal and fusion. But I also love jazz and classical and if there's one common thread that runs through all my music, it is blues. -Edgar Winter

I believe that blues and jazz are the two uniquely American contributions into music. -Edgar Winter

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

Some people think I'm a rock 'n' roll musician and some think I'm a jazz musician but, for me, there is no difference. -Georgie Fame

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

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

I was being ridiculed for going to school… But, you see, I had looked hard at the other musicians and the whole show-business scene… They were doing with jazz musicians what they usually reserved for rock n' roll cats: making them overnight successes, then overnight antiques. -Donald Byrd

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. -Nat Wolff

Jazz is a constant theme in my life. My father is a jazz pianist, and from an early age I have been surrounded by it. -Nat Wolff

I would not describe myself as an avid jazz fan and I am not a jazz musician myself. However, that is not to say that jazz does not play a vital and important role in my life. -Nat Wolff

I have learned a lot from jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free. -Nat Wolff

The Meters are, I think, the most influential group in our time to come out of New Orleans, to have changed and introduced us all to a way of playing, and to a groove and a level of feel in playing funk-jazz. -John Scofield

I find as much inspiration from the forerunners of jazz as I do the modern-day innovators of jazz. -John Scofield

In the States, this type of jam-band phenomena has opened it up for groups to improvise, admittedly more in the groove area, as opposed to the straight-ahead jazz thing – which is good for me, as that's one part of where I'm at. It's been so great playing these gigs and seeing kids come out and the whole college scene. -John Scofield

The jazz clubs wind up having only rich tourists – the kids can't come. If they do, then they spend their entire monthly allotments on a 45-minute set. -John Scofield

I do after-school ballet and also hip-hop and jazz. -Elle Fanning

If I'm not a jazz player all the time, I've at least been cued in to what I do by jazz. -Keith Jarrett

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

I don't really get the same kinda romance that I would get from, like, jazz. And even to a lesser extent to rock 'n roll. Rock 'n roll has a romance to it – how can I put it? A very vulgar romance, but still a romance; whereas hip hop has more facade. -Lupe Fiasco

I always had this childhood image in the back of my mind of this fantastic place where all the things I liked came from; Orson Welles, jazz, all that stuff. Los Angeles is one of those places where somebodies become nobodies and nobodies become somebody. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Whether I do jazz or R&B, there are always complaints. I would just listen to the complaints about what I do instead of celebrating what I do, and that I'm different and in my own lane. It took a while for me to just ignore the doubts. -Ledisi

I love most melodic music – classical, reggae, big band, jazz, blues, country, pop, swing, folk. -John Lescroart

New Orleans jazz is a complex and embracing art form that began about the same time as the blues and encompassed many of its excellences. -Tim Cahill

I teach in M.F.A. programs now, and I think that's a great way to become a novelist, but I mourn that Pete Dexter and Joan Didion's route is maybe less likely because there are fewer of those jobs. I always liken it to playing piano in some great dive jazz bar. You didn't pick the songs, you played what people asked for, but you got your chops. -Jess Walter

I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz. -Jasper Fforde

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. -Jay Griffiths

Jazz music and, more specifically, jazz musicians, are my artistic heroes. I want to be the Thelonious Monk of acting. He had no concern for how well he was received. He played whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He just wasn't interested in achieving the good opinion of his audience. That's the Holy Grail of acting; of any art form. -Trevor St. John

I have tons of jazz records: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis. I could go on and on. -Ted King

I got into music when I was a little boy. My dad was always into jazz. I got my education from him. The first time I listened to jazz, he gave me a Thelonious Monk record. It was so different from anything I had ever heard. It took me a while to understand it, and I liked that. I liked the fact that it wasn't immediately palatable. -Ted King

I'd have no trouble being the barbecue kingpin of America. I'd just add it to all the other things I am: jazz musician, carpenter, architect, engineer and revolutionary. -Bobby Seale

I think it's my job to make any question interesting by coming up with a jazzy answer, otherwise I hardly deserve the spotlight, right? -Michelle Tea

I believe in dressing for the occasion. There's a time for sweater, sneakers and Levis and a time for the full-dress jazz. -Ginger Rogers

When I was 16, I discovered jazzercise. And I thought it was the greatest thing since peanut butter and jelly. -Lisa Rinna

Hamp would ask me about tempos in the band: 'Jacquet,' he'd say, 'knock off that tempo.' A lot of jazz musicians didn't prefer to play for dancers, which was their loss, really. But good jazz has always had that dance feel. -Illinois Jacquet

The most common misconception about me is that I'm basically a jazz singer. -Phoebe Snow

I'm not a folk or jazz singer, more a hard-edged pop singer – with some rock, and song hooks. -Phoebe Snow

My genre of music is very eclectic. I might play some Latin jazz, or just go into a spontaneous jazz thing. That's the thing about coming to one of my performances. Not every show is the same. -Sheila E.

Everybody's not going to like jazz, let's just be honest about it. Everybody doesn't like everything. There's a disconnect in generations and some people just aren't going to feel that music. -Robert Glasper

There is a modern take on certain things you can do that, to me, is still jazz. -Robert Glasper

I was really a nerd, and I was really more of a jazz nerd. So when I had my chance to put on something, most of the time it was going to be jazz, or gospel, or something like that. -Robert Glasper

I feel like certain people think that certain styles of music will taint their jazz style. -Robert Glasper

I'm not really married to the craft of jazz – I'm married to me, and my style, and whatever I produce. -Robert Glasper

I started out playing traditional jazz, and I still do: I love standards, I love the music. But it must move on, and it must live and breathe, and continue to grow, and continue to change, and continue to mesh with other music – all that kind of stuff. Jazz can be on the playground too, you know. -Robert Glasper

I do feel a responsibility because most people like me that are my age or younger, they don't quite make it over to the jazz side. They flirt with it, but they don't quite marry it. -Robert Glasper

Jazz is like a big secret club. The mainstream media doesn't pay any attention to it; it's, like, 1 percent of the music market – no one cares. Why? Because the majority of jazz is old. -Robert Glasper

When I have to compete with John Coltrane and Miles Davis and Louie Armstrong on iTunes, which I'm doing now, that's a problem. That means that jazz is not being heard by younger audiences. -Robert Glasper

If you really dissect hip-hop you will find a whole lot of Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Ahmad Jamal, a lot of classic jazz samples in there. -Robert Glasper

I went to Juilliard in New York and used to do cabarets just for fun. Occasionally, I would get together with a jazz musician and play at a restaurant for cash. And I've done some background vocals for recording artists. -Nicole Beharie

I like rock music. I like jazz better, though. -Clarke Peters

I never studied jazz technically; I just know and love the music. -Mark Ronson

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

I love Ray Charles. He can still teach everybody a lot about how to make great music. Not necessarily how to make hits, but how to make great music. Of course, part of it is his incredible talent. Who are the greatest jazz singers in the world? Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles. -Ahmet Ertegun

You know what I'd really like to do? I'd like to record some white Chicago jazz. -Ahmet Ertegun

The first job I ever had was singing in a jazz club when I was like 15 with my friend, and we earned like 70 bucks. We were like, 'Oh my God!' -Zooey Deschanel

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. -Yanni

I learned jazz; that comes from blues. I learned rock; that comes from blues. I learned pop; that comes from blues. Even dance, that comes from blues, with the answer-and-response. -Cyndi Lauper

I grew up with classical music blasting in my parents' living room and my older brother's practicing saxophone in his room listening to jazz… a beautiful chaos. -Josephine de La Baume

I love to direct! I get really jazzed by directing, but directing is not the same kind of personal expression, the same kind of personal intimate expression that writing is. Because when you're directing, you're basically managing, basically getting out of people doing their job, except when you see them going astray. -Alan Ball

Kansas City, I would say, did more for jazz music, black music, than any other influence at all. Almost all their joints that they had there, they used black bands. Most musicians who amounted to anything, they would flock to Kansas City because that's the place where jobs were plentiful. -Jesse Stone

When I was very young, there was a lot of music at home, mostly jazz. I was walking around singing and pretending I was in bands from a very young age. But the first song that was really personal to me was 'Blue Suede Shoes'. -Nile Rodgers

The Zombies were really unique – they had elements of jazz and classical music in their songs and songwriting. They had a very, very different sound compared to a lot of their contemporaries at the time. -Paul Weller

I never liked blues and I really didn't like jazz. I liked Chuck Berry. -Johnny Ramone

When I'm in the classical world, I really treat it as exactly classical and I don't try and spruce it up or jazz it up or make it easier for the masses. -Rufus Wainwright

When I was nine years old, I started playing guitar, and I took classical guitar lessons and studied music theory. And played jazz for a while. And then when I was around fourteen years old, I discovered punk rock. And so I then tried to unlearn everything I had learned in classical music and jazz so I could play in punk rock bands. -Moby

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. -Moby

Jazz came out of New Orleans, and that was the forerunner of everything. You mix jazz with European rhythms, and that's rock n' roll, really. You can make the argument that it all started on the streets of New Orleans with the jazz funerals. -The Edge

Y'know, I don't like jazz much. I'll put it on once in a while and listen, and I'll appreciate it. -Joe Perry

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. -Russell Simmons

I love jazz and pop rock and country. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Anne Murray – if I hear something really great… I want to be a part of it. -Natalie MacMaster

I think the singer/songwriter genre is going to be like bluegrass and jazz. You can make a living at it, but it's not part of the musical mainstream anymore. -Steve Earle

I do like classical music, and soft rock, and jazz, which I never listened to when I was 15. Now I like it. The older you get, the more tolerant you get, right? -Dmitry Medvedev

I'm very influenced by jazz drummers. I always liked drummers like Roger Taylor, Keith Moon, Ian Paice, John Densmore. I just learned from playing to those drummers. -Steven Adler

What happens when an art form becomes ambiguous, I think, is that the standards are lowered. You can say anything is jazz. So I think it's important to reflect on what made jazz so special. -Stefon Harris

In high school, I was always into Jerry Lee Lewis, and they decided they needed a piano player for the jazz band. I had my little boogie-woogie thing that I did, so I did my little boogie-woogie thing. I had a very high-pitched voice. -Nellie McKay

I'm comfortable singing jazz. The only thing I was concerned about is that everybody, even in jazz, has their own style. To me, the queen of doodling was Ella Fitzgerald, and scatting is something I never thought I could do. -Gladys Knight

In high school, during lunchtime I would go in the room where the wrestling mats were and try different flips and different moves. Like windmills. I just started mixing martial arts with jazz and contemporary stuff and it would get mashed together and became my style. -Caity Lotz

Kenny G is not real jazz. I don't even think Wynton Marsalis is real jazz. I don't think Harry Connick Jr. is real jazz. If there is such a thing as real jazz, The Lounge Lizards is real jazz, Henry Threadgill is real jazz, Bill Frisell is real jazz, you know? -John Lurie

What I believe to be jazz is constructed and improvised music which is in the air right now. But I don't think that's most people's definition of jazz, you know? We don't know what we're talking about, because we don't know the definition. -John Lurie

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! -Jill Scott

The obsessions of others are opaque to the unobsessed, and thus easy to mock. NASCAR, jazz, baseball, roses, poetry, quilts, fishing. If we're lucky, we all have at least one. -Roberta Smith

Around age 11 or 12, I started playing jazz bass. From there, I went to electric bass and then guitar, which I kept up for a long time. -Joshua Roman

I guess I learnt to appreciate old Hindi-movie music from my dad and somewhere down the line picked up jazz as well. -Deepika Padukone

There's nothing to be gained, and much to be lost, in trying to bend every child to match a one-size-fits-all notion of what it means to be a boy or girl of a specific age. Better to set a few parameters and then go with the flow. Call it 'jazz parenting.' -Ezekiel Emanuel

I was the kid at six who was like, 'I want to be in a jazz club.' I was never the pop kid, ever. I mean that's not true, I had a couple years where I wanted to be Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, but aside from that, no. -Rachael MacFarlane

Mum left school at 15, and after a few years of modelling and dating jazz musicians, was married by 21 to my father, Mike Taylor, a journalist on the 'Daily Mirror.' They had my brother and me pretty quickly and had split up by the time I was two. I don't really have any memories of them as a couple. -Natascha McElhone

I have truly eclectic taste in music, and I seem to cycle through phases in terms of to what's inspiring me. I'll go from Beethoven to Sigur Ros; world music, Brit-pop, classic rock, blues/jazz, even the odd bit of heavy metal. -Rachel Miner

I'm a dancer, so I do four hours of dance a week of ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary. I also play the piano and I just started learning the guitar. -Ryan Newman

I just don't know anything about jazz, really. I've never really listened to it, but I'd definitely like to discover more about it. -Michelle Ryan

I know it sounds silly, but it takes some time getting used to all the cameras in your face. I think it's like playing jazz. After I learn the rules, I can have fun and play a little bit. -Monica Raymund

My dad actually taught me how to play piano. I was classically trained, but I've started to branch off a little bit into blues and jazz. That's my new thing. -Noah Gray-Cabey

When I was a teenager, I really didn't like loud rock music. I listened to jazz and blues and folk music. I've always preferred acoustic music. And it was only, I suppose, by the time Jethro Tull was getting underway that we did let the music begin to have a harder edge, in particular with the electric guitar being alongside the flute. -Ian Anderson

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

If you're an impressionistic painter and you want to paint expressionism, you've got to change. You've got to figure out a way to do it and do it. If you've been playing jazz all your life and you want to start to play rock n' roll, blues, then do it. -Tobin Bell

I love doing 'The Price is Right.' It's so much fun. I love meeting everybody and giving out prizes, especially when it's not my money. It's really a happy place, and everybody is all jazzed up. -Drew Carey

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. -Penn Jillette

In the '60s, people were still very protective of each field that they belonged to. Avant-garde artists didn't know about rock or pop or jazz. And the jazz people of course didn't want to know about any other music. They were all just kind of protecting their territory. -Yoko Ono

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

From early on there were two things that filled my life – music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me. -Athol Fugard

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. -Lou Reed

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. -Serj Tankian

I listen to all kinds of songs. There's something to be learned from every type of music and from the one making it, whether it's pop or jazz or hip-hop. -Brian McKnight

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. -Hugh Hefner

I listen to and I play all kinds of music, and I'm interested in jazz and in bluegrass – I like it all – but Cuban music speaks to me in a certain way. -Andy Garcia

I've got wide tastes, but I don't like jazz. -Terry Pratchett

When I was 12, I began listening to John Coltrane and I developed a love for jazz, which I still have more and more each year. -Wynton Marsalis

My father is a jazz musician, so I grew up hearing jazz. My parents loved it, but I didn't like it. It went on for too long. Yes, I had certain teachers that really inspired me, like Danny Barker, and John Longo. And I had no idea that I would have any impact on jazz. -Wynton Marsalis

Through improvisation, jazz teaches you about yourself. And through swing, it teaches you that other people are individuals too. It teaches you how to coordinate with them. -Wynton Marsalis

Musicians like to converse. There's always interesting conversation with musicians – with classical musicians, with jazz musicians, musicians in general. -Wynton Marsalis

I had to figure out how to survive in New York, and most of my time was occupied in getting an apartment and getting money. A lot of older jazz guys looked out for me and found me gigs and places to stay. -Wynton Marsalis

Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It's a 12-bar form that's played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that's been used by rock n' roll. It's related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition. -Wynton Marsalis

The history of jazz lets us know that this period in our history is not the only period we've come through together. If we truly understood the history of our national arts, we'd know that we have mutual aspirations, a shared history, in good times and bad. -Wynton Marsalis

The blues. It runs through all American music. Somebody bending the note. The other is the two-beat groove. It's in New Orleans music, it's in jazz, it's in country music, it's in gospel. -Wynton Marsalis

There's so much spirit of integration and democracy in jazz. -Wynton Marsalis

As a jazz musician, you have individual power to create the sound. You also have a responsibility to function in the context of other people who have that power also. -Wynton Marsalis

In blues, classical and jazz, you get more revered with age. -Bonnie Raitt

At 3 A.M., I'm still up watching videos of jazz heroes I never saw live. It's so thrilling. And not just the music. The Internet is changing the future of fund-raising. I'm thrilled by the potential. -Bonnie Raitt

Elvis might have compromised his musical style a bit towards the end, but that doesn't mean that artists from the rock n' roll/folk-roots culture – of which he was not really a part – shouldn't get better as they get older, like the great jazz or blues artists. -Bonnie Raitt

If someone is a straight jazzhead, or a straight metalhead, or straight classical, they have a very narrow range of what they allow into their lives. But the people who listen to what we put out into the world have to be open-minded. Because we're so pluralist. -John Zorn

I'd like to be a jazz singer, but I couldn't possibly do it; nobody would want me, anyway. -Deborah Moggach

I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear. I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist. -Donald Fagen

My style is a little quirky. I can't play as fast as most professional jazz players. -Donald Fagen

One thing that sticks in my mind is that jazz means freedom and openness. It's a music that, although it developed out of the African American experience, speaks more about the human experience than the experience of a particular people. -Herbie Hancock

It's not easy to play in a framework that requires simplicity and to tastefully find ways to interject the kind of freedom that we have in playing jazz. -Herbie Hancock

My first Grammy wasn't even in a jazz category, but of course I was really excited. 'Rockit' was the beginning of kind of a new era for the whole hip-hop movement. -Herbie Hancock

One of the most important functions of jazz has been to encourage a hope for freedom, for people living in situations of intolerance or struggle. -Herbie Hancock

In World War II, jazz absolutely was the music of freedom, and then in the Cold War, behind the Iron Curtain, same thing. It was all underground, but they needed the food of freedom that jazz offered. -Herbie Hancock

At a certain point, I became a kind of musician that has tunnel vision about jazz. I only listened to jazz and classical music. -Herbie Hancock

The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment. At our best, we're non-judgmental. -Herbie Hancock

I like the idea of an eclectic approach, incorporating jazz with other forms and other genres of music. -Herbie Hancock

I started off with classical music, and I got into jazz when I was about 14 years old. And I've been playing jazz ever since. -Herbie Hancock

I could hear music playing in the background of works by certain authors, like Poe and Shakespeare. And I discovered Nikki Giovanni when I was in eighth grade. Her writing has a musical energy with pulse and rhythm, almost like jazz or hip-hop. -Jill Scott

What are the symbols of American strength, wealth, power and modernity? Certainly not jazz and rock and roll, not chewing-gum or hamburgers, Broadway or Hollywood. It's their skyscrapers. Their Pentagon. Their science. Their technology. -Oriana Fallaci

Normally, things are viewed in these little segmented boxes. There's classical, and then there's jazz; romantic, and then there's baroque. I find that very dissatisfying. I was trying to find the thread that connects one type of music – one type of musician – to another, and to follow that thread in some kind of natural, evolutionary way. -Jerry Lee Lewis

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. -Bruce Springsteen

Cicadas, buckling and unbuckling their stomach muscles, yield the sound of someone sharpening scissors. Fall field crickets, the thermometer hounds, add high-pitched tinkling chirps to the jazz, and their call quickens with warm weather, slows again with cool. -Diane Ackerman

I'm not intelligent. I'm not arrogant. I'm just like the people who read my books. I used to have a jazz club, and I made the cocktails and I made the sandwiches. I didn't want to become a writer – it just happened. -Haruki Murakami

I had my jazz club and I had enough money. So I didn't have to write for my living. -Haruki Murakami

I do love singing. I wouldn't say I'm any good, but I definitely love it – especially jazz singing. -Emilia Clarke

Nothing jazzes me up like football. I've acquired more passion of the years, not less. Not to love it wouldn't make sense. -John Madden

I always had a great appreciation for jazz, but I'm a very pedestrian musician. I get by. I like to think that my main instrument is vocabulary. -Tom Waits

I look back at my filmography, and I'm pretty jazzed with the stuff I've been part of. They're all movies I'd like to see. -Jeff Bridges

Grover Washington was my main influence, and when I went to college, I started listening to more of the jazz masters like Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane. -Kenny G

I listen to old jazz and classical music, and that's it. -Kenny G

I only hope that one day, America will recognize what the rest of the world already has known, that our indigenous music – gospel, blues, jazz and R&B – is the heart and soul of all popular music; and that we cannot afford to let this legacy slip into obscurity, I'm telling you. -Quincy Jones

Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of 'the dozens.' -Quincy Jones

A way to make new music is to imagine looking back at the past from a future and imagine music that could have existed but didn't. Like East African free jazz, which as far as I know does not exist. -Brian Eno

I love jazz and funk, because it's hard. If it's not hard, it's not worth doing. -Chris Carter

I've mainly been sampling jazz because the tone of the chords are expressive in itself, so it's quite nice to write over. It's got interpretations of a lot of different genres, too, a lot of dubby-ness and experimental stuff. -King Krule

Jazz is more raw than punk in a lot of ways. It's so expressive. A lot of people say to me, especially older people, 'It took me ages to get into jazz.' -King Krule

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. -Pete Townshend

I can dance. I like hip hop and stuff and jazz movements, but I'm horrible in ballet. I tried. -Keke Palmer

I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails. It'd be my dream to have a Radiohead-themed episode of 'Glee.' I also love jazz greats like Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock. -Mark Salling

I always wanted praise, and I always wanted attention; I won't lie to you. I was a jazz critic, and that wasn't good enough for me. I wanted people to write about me, not me about them. So I thought, 'What could I do? I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't act or anything like that. OK, I can write.' -Harvey Pekar

I was 16 years old, and I was just flailing around, looking for an interest. I heard, you know, these jazz records. They were modern records, at the time in the '50s, and I realized that I didn't fully get what was going on. But I liked a lot of what I heard. -Harvey Pekar

I kept on buying records and listening to them. Finally, I was able to hear the relationship between the jazz improvisers' solos and the underlying structure that it's based on, the chord progression. That was pretty easy to do in the swing era, y'know, when jazz was, like, pop music, you know. It had made the charts and everything like that. -Harvey Pekar

A respectable-sized audience hasn't really been able to follow developments in jazz since the free jazz movement in the '60s. Some of them can't even get with John Coltrane. Audiences are diminishing more and more rapidly. Some of the top young musicians with something new to say can't get record companies to put out their stuff. -Harvey Pekar

I'm from the beatnik generation, where everybody wanted to be a poet or writer or something. And at that time, I was a jazz critic, and I was always thinking, theorizing about what makes great art or what's important in art. -Harvey Pekar

My favorite band of all time is The Clash. The thing I love about The Clash is they started out as guys who could barely play three chords. They dabbled in reggae, punk, rap, jazz. They came to a sound that could only be defined as The Clash. It was impossible to say what it was. I admire them for that. -Michael Franti

When I began, poetry was very academic. You published little pamphlets from fancy presses. It was rather… chaste. There wasn't much public reading. Then there was poetry and jazz, which I don't think worked, though I love jazz. -John Fuller

I remember the first time I was booked into a jazz club. I was scared to death. I'm not a jazz artist. So I got to the club and spotted this big poster saying, 'Richie Havens, folk jazz artist.' Then I'd go to a rock club and I'm billed as a 'folk rock performer' and in the blues clubs I'd be a 'folk blues entertainer.' -Richie Havens

Taxi drivers used to ask me what kind of music I did, and I'd say, 'Well, it's kind of jazz, soul, classical' – but that makes no sense to anyone. -Laura Mvula

I really love jazz, but I will never be a jazz musician as much as I dream. But, I think that the jazz music I love is there in my music. -Laura Mvula

I had a very thorough grounding in music; I'd grown up around songs. My parents listened to a lot of music. My dad was majorly into jazz, which was absolutely a big influence on me, even if it was more subconsciously as a kid. -Laura Mvula

The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music. -Matisyahu

Between Prince and my dad's fusion-jazz records, I didn't have a choice in being funky. -Patrick Stump

I've met a lot of jazz musicians in my day, and they're all funny. -Tommy Chong

The way jazz works is that we take a theme, and then we write using the same structure, same chord changes, and then we can do different tunes. -Tommy Chong

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

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. -Andre Previn

I don't think I've ever been true to jazz. There's always a kind of jazz element to what I do. There are a very few genres that I haven't tried out, really, in what I've been doing. As a jazz musician, you can kind of mess about with things with a certain level of musicianship, which helps. -Jamie Cullum

I was an absolute idiot, wearing polo-necks, reading Kerouac, watching Woody Allen movies, and jazz fitted right into all of that. My interest in that whole world became very genuine, but perhaps started off a bit affected – a mixture of right and wrong reasons. I was always drawn to non-commercial music, perhaps pathologically so. -Jamie Cullum

Oh, I was a real Nirvana kid. I got into jazz because I listened to a lot of metal, Megadeth and that, and those guys play really fast and are virtuosos. I wanted to learn more about it, and I discovered that a lot of jazz guys played really fast, too. -Jamie Cullum

As an artist, you have to express yourself. I make no excuses for my versatility. I grew up singing classical arias, but I love rock n' roll and jazz standards. -Idina Menzel

Reactionary conservatives are smiling through the racial apocalypse. To them, race baiting is a joke, as 'humorist' Rush Limbaugh will tell you when he's calling Mexicans 'stupid.' Or it's a matter of semantics when they claim that Sonia Sotomayor is a 'racialist' which, far as I can tell, is the smooth jazz version of being a racist. -John Ridley

For me, jazz will always be the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. -Henry Rollins

I do ballet and pointe work. I also do tap, commercial jazz and technical jazz, freestyle street dancing. -Maisie Williams

I studied the lives of jazz singers who would tour Europe, and… what I learned was life was big ride for them. They'd seen the dark side of humanity… but touring the world playing jazz, it was a truly carefree way of living. A great escapism, if you like. -Gary Carr

To my ears, jazz sounds better in warm weather and after the sun has gone down. While I will listen to some of my favorite jazz records in cooler weather, it's the warmer nights that really make them come alive. Something about those sounds and the heat of the night really makes it happen for me. -Henry Rollins

I started as a musician. I play the saxophone, but from the age of 17, I realised that it's very hard to make a living as a jazz musician in Australia. So I went for an audition and got an acting job and, fortunately, I completely fell in love with that. -John Polson

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

The improvisational nature of jazz musicianship is such that a truly competent performer must be prepared to function as an on-the-spot composer who is expected to contribute to the orchestration in progress, not simply to execute the score as it is written and rehearsed. -Albert Murray

We're the first technology-creating species. We use technology to extend our reach. We didn't stay in the caves, and we haven't stayed on the planet. To play jazz with our genomes and the universe might ultimately be what we're all about. -Jason Silva

I grew up listening to Switchfoot. I love Switchfoot; they're a great band. John Foreman is awesome. I really dig mainstream pop music, but I also have a heart for jazz and rock. Oh! Coldplay! I cannot miss Coldplay! I think 'Fix You' is one of the most brilliantly written songs ever. It's, like, my favorite song of all time. -Shane Harper

I really do love bluesy-jazzy music, so I love Etta James, B.B. King and Billie Holiday. I love that they have soul in their voices – I think that's something important is having. -Bridgit Mendler

There's an ecstatic side to writing. It's like jazz. It just has a life. -Alice Walker

One of my songs was on a jazz station for awhile. It was a song that I wrote for a jazz sax player friend of mine, and I sang and played the guitar on it. -Trevor Donovan

I've been a massive obsessive about jazz singers all my life. -Eddi Reader

I've often felt I've been born out of my time, and when I started Fairground Attraction in the 1980s, I wanted to be a 1940s jazz singer. -Eddi Reader

Me as an artist, I've ventured off into doing all types of music. I'll do a jazz album, you know what I mean. -Common

A lot of EDM is not bad at all when it's simple, but a lot of it is not really musical. That's just what I really like to do: taking what I had at the beginning, which is classical and jazz influences, and putting it into electro. -Zedd

It's always fun to talk about jazz. -Clint Eastwood

In the Bay Area, there was a resurgence of Dixieland jazz in the '40s – there was the Frisco Jazz Band, and Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. -Clint Eastwood

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

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

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

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. -Steve Wynn

It never gets boring for me because there's so many different things to explore in the studio. The studio's become the sanctuary that people have come in and found new things out about themselves, as weird as that sounds. But it's true, I'm no different. I've made some crazy hard records, and I've made a jazz album. -Mac Miller

It doesn't matter if I ever win another award or get to play another major jazz festival in America. I would rather not garner any of those things and speak honestly about the things that I see my people endure in this country and all over the world. -Christian Scott

New Orleans is a place where people are deliberately undereducated so that they can be a labour class – the economy there is tourism, and one of the only outlets that black males have traditionally been allowed is to play jazz music, y'know? -Christian Scott

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

I did an instrumental jazz album. That was my first album. -Tom Curren

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

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

When I was a kid, I used to listen to my Emerson radio late at night under the covers. I started by listening to jazz in the late 1940s and then vocal harmony groups like the Four Freshmen, the Modernaires and the Hi-Lo's. I loved Stan Kenton's big band – with those dark chords and musicians who could swing cool with individual sounds. -Frankie Valli

There were a lot of R&B groups that were my heroes, but the funny thing about my career and the way it went and where it went, at first I didn't really want to do pop music. I was a little bit more into jazz and R&B. -Frankie Valli

My years of ballet and jazz dance lessons didn't make me any more graceful – they just helped keep me from bumping into the furniture on stage. -Toni Tennille

Rip Rig + Panic that I joined, they were really influenced by jazz and blues and punk. So I think what happened from punk, which was kind of DIY, was that it created a kind of creative place that was kind of without limits, in a way. -Neneh Cherry

In Montreal, there is a friend of mine at school who is a jazz pianist with an amazing voice, and we sort of have this fusion/soul/R&B/folk music kind of thing. We've been keeping it low-key and opening for some friends. -Jake Epstein

I tended to lean towards the guys who both sang and played, such as Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner… And at the other end of the spectrum, I had Eric Clapton in a rock and blues sense, jazz guys such as Tal Farlow and Les Paul… Then Chet Atkins-type stuff. -Brad Paisley

My big influences are Joni Mitchell, and a lot of classical and Indian music, as well as Nina Simone and the personal blues and jazz of Billie Holiday. Other influences for me include Bjork, Nick Drake, and Sufjan Stevens. -Yael Naim

Ballet Hispanico is a mixture of ethnic, ballet, social, jazz – you name it, it's doing it. The company has been going strong for more than 20 years, and you can see why: It may not be refined, but it's full of beans. -Robert Gottlieb

I mostly listen to very popular songs. But I'm a huge fan of Stevie Wonder, and I love jazz – Glenn Fredly, Diah Lestari – so 80% jazz, 20% mixed with everything – disco, hip hop. -Joe Taslim

I like everything, jazz and classical, and all over the spectrum. -Mark Pellegrino

My parents have always been open to me trying new things, whether it's yoga or ballet or tap or jazz or piano or horse riding. -Sofia Vassilieva

When I was 12, I was doing competitive jazz, tap and ballet in Michigan. The studio put the best dancers together, and I joined that. We always did really, really well in local competitions. -Jillian Rose Reed

I'd love to see a Nirvana biopic. I loved them when I was younger. I really like jazz music, so I'd like to see a Billie Holiday biopic – she was a fascinating woman. -Antonia Thomas

I wasn't a dancer learning to play Baby Houseman. I was Baby Houseman learning to play a dancer. I was someone who'd never done any Latin dance. I'd taken jazz classes and ballet growing up in New York, so I had dance in me, and I knew I loved it, but I'd never done a dance audition. -Jennifer Grey

Somerset desperately needs more high-end music making on its doorstep, so the chance to share great music spanning genres as diverse as orchestral classics, trip hop and jazz, in the utterly relaxed and cathartic environment of a Somerset field, is for me the fulfilment of a long-term dream. -Charles Hazlewood

Bruges is a beautiful medieval city almost untouched by time. If you like jazz, you will be well catered for. If you like chocolate and beer, you will be in heaven. -James Frain

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

I actually had a really nice guitar as a teenager. I took jazz guitar, so my mom bought me this probably $1,600 guitar. But I got really into garage rock and local bands, and I noticed they played really crappy guitars. So I thought, 'Hey, I should get a crappy guitar, too!' -Mac DeMarco

I was lucky enough to grow up in an era when radio was less formatted. It was really special. You could hear a jazz song then a pop song then a show tune then some jazz. Basically, whatever the DJ felt like playing, he would play. He was educating you and exposing you to things you would never hear otherwise. -Todd Rundgren

I never gave up on that idea, you know, that jazz musicians have the same opportunity as everybody else and that it's what you put on that record that makes the difference whether you sell it or not or are able to get it into people's households. -George Benson

The jazz rhythm won't be understood by the bulk of my audience. That's the problem. We can get away with maybe one tune a night. It depends on where we place it. A song like 'Beyond the Sea,' the fans love that. It's fresh. -George Benson

We don't live in a jazz world, unfortunately. I think if I had lived in a jazz world, I would have done OK. I'm not sure I would have done great. I'm a lover of jazz music, so I would have been happy, don't get me wrong. I go to jazz concerts like the biggest jazz fan in world. The drag is that I don't play jazz for a living. -George Benson

I've done two albums for Concord Records; one was with Al Jarreau and it did very well for us. The second album was called 'Songs And Stories,' and it had good songs and good performances, but I promised them I would do an album that was more jazz-oriented. -George Benson

When I was playing piano, it was like, 'I'm going to write a song using all the white keys.' My music director, who knew my jazz background, suggested I try big-band music, so we spent a year experimenting with it in concert, and the audience reaction was really good. -John Tesh

Big band music, to me, it really has three key elements. First is the lyrics are really sweet, and they're just really family-friendly. The second thing is the music is jazz music, so the music is complicated enough to hold your attention for 5 or 6 million plays. That makes the songs interesting. The last part is the fact that it's danceable. -John Tesh

I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18. -Roy Harper

The guitar for me is a translation device. It's not a goal. And in some ways, jazz isn't a destination for me. For me, jazz is a vehicle that takes you to the true destination – a musical one that describes all kinds of stuff about the human condition and the way music works. -Pat Metheny

For me, let's keep jazz as folk music. Let's not make jazz classical music. Let's keep it as street music, as people's everyday-life music. Let's see jazz musicians continue to use the materials, the tools, the spirit of the actual time that they're living in, as what they build their lives as musicians around. -Pat Metheny

A lot of jazz artists think people should like what they're doing just because it's jazz. I don't buy that. -Pat Metheny

I think jazz is actually quite unforgiving in its disdain for nostalgia. It demands creativity and change at its highest level. -Pat Metheny

One of the things jazz has always excelled at is translating the reality of the times through its musical prism. -Pat Metheny

When the subsidies are going out there to fund arts, I'd like to see jazz given a better shake of the dice. It attracts as many people as opera does, but not the subsidies. -Sebastian Coe

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

I played in school jazz bands and tried to start rock bands, but nobody was interested. -Courtney Barnett

If I had to look at 'Now He Sings'… from outside myself, I see it as a natural part of the growth of the jazz culture, which I've always been so happy – honored, really – to be a small part of. -Chick Corea

I came along in the '60s having absorbed as much as I could up until then and added my own tastes and search into the equation. I guess that's how I see 'Now He Sings, Now He Sobs' in relation to the development of jazz in general. -Chick Corea

I grew up listening to John Coltrane and jazz, so they were subtle influences. I sometimes think about doing some kind of weird jazz record, but I don't know… It's on my list of things to do. I don't want to have to then go promote it. -Kim Gordon

Even though I'm a jazz-trained drummer, I cut my teeth playing rock. -Jimmy Chamberlin

Since my father is a musician as well, he taught me growing up that if you can play jazz, you can learn all instruments and write on them. He wanted me to be a songwriter that can do anything in any genre. I'm all about doing every genre. -Meghan Trainor

The only type of music I don't like is Dixieland jazz. It's just a little too happy and noisy for me. I like intervals and spaces in my music. There's just something about Dixieland. -Rick Moranis

I use a lot of tunings because I listen to a lot of jazz. -David Crosby

I love singing jazz. I don't like the idea that classical music should be over here and jazz should be someplace else. It's all wonderful, and we should be open to enjoying it all. -Jessye Norman

I have met some very strange people and some very strange cats – and I'm not talking about jazz greats. I'm talking about animals that people claim have come from outer space, and boy, they're weird! -Robin Leach

The summer before my third year of law school, I worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C. I turned 25 that July, and on my birthday, my father happened to be playing in a local jazz club called Pigfoot and invited me to join him. I hadn't spent a birthday with him since I was 3, but I agreed. -Deval Patrick

The age of 18 seemed the right time to try something different in my life. Moving to the U.K. was a risk, and I was never confident that I could ever make a full-time living being a musician, but I had to try. Initially, I worked as a jazz musician in pubs or with bands. -Manfred Mann

In 1962 I wrote for 'Jazz News,' using the pseudonym Manfred Manne, which I picked because of a jazz drummer with that name. I later dropped the 'e.' -Manfred Mann

I didn't really grow up on hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald and the old school jazz divas are more my comfort zone. -Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The guitar is such an incredible instrument; it plays classical, flamenco, jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, acid, blues. You'll never see a clarinet playing Black Sabbath. But you will see a guitar in a clarinet band playing rhythm. It is the most popular instrument in the world; it is the one everybody loves. -Randy Bachman

That's the kind of musical freedom I like: jazz, rock, blues, anything. You adopt different attitudes when you play different music. -Alvin Lee

I was really creative. I started to dance very young. I loved to dance. I begged my mother to put me into dance classes, and finally, in third grade, she did. Tap and jazz, but not ballet. -Laverne Cox

Every good gospel singer you can hear is a scat singer; they're just using different syllables. There are a lot of jazz singers out there, and more coming out of the churches. -Al Jarreau

I'm this strange kind of fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B. -Al Jarreau

Since the beginning of my recording career in 1975, I have had a little difficulty because the pop stations think I'm a jazzer who doesn't have a feeling for pop, so it's hard to get my records played. Similarly, black urban radio doesn't understand that with my R&B roots, I am more than a jazz singer. So I get pigeonholed. -Al Jarreau

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

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

I don't know how much more what I've done is any more important than what Ella Fitzgerald did. Ella crossed those lines, as did George Benson before me. There've been lots of people who brought a pop audience to jazz because they were able to link the two and give people easy access to the world of jazz. -Al Jarreau

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

It's always difficult to define what jazz is or what jazz isn't. To me, the only definition that I can think of is it's music where a lot of different elements are played at the same time. The harmonic, the melodic… You're pushing the boundaries on every level. That could be true of rhythm and blues as well. I'm a musician. -David Sanborn

I'm moved by a lot of different kinds of music, whether it's pop music or R&B or straight-ahead jazz or free or opera or music from all parts of the world. -David Sanborn

I think The Doors are one of the classic groups, and I think we're all tempted to feel like the time in which we grew up was somehow special, but I really do believe that there were two golden eras in music: The Forties and Fifties of big band, jazz and swing, and the Sixties and Seventies of rock. To me, they're really unparalleled. -Edgar Winter

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

'Amores Perros' is rock, '21 Grams' is jazz, 'Babel' is an opera, and 'Biutiful' is a requiem. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

It was liberating to do comedy. It felt like playing in a jazz band. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When I was a kid, I wanted desperately to be a jazz musician. I would practice the trumpet for hours, but when I got braces, that messed up my ability to play, so all of a sudden I had all this free time. -Zach Woods

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

I'm a pianist – I studied jazz piano in college. -Cory Michael Smith

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

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

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

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

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

One interesting thing about jazz, or art in general, but jazz especially is such an individual art form in the sense that improvisation is such a big part of it, so it feels like it should be less soldiers in an army and more like free spirits melding. And yet, big band jazz has a real military side to it. -Damien Chazelle

It's certainly no coincidence that big bands became the entertainment of the army in WWI and WWII, and that jazz drumming style is very military influenced. The snare drum comes from the military and becomes the core kind of sound of jazz drums. -Damien Chazelle

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

I wanted to look at the mentality that can breed that sort of intensity, that kind of cutthroat, pressure-cooker feeling, especially a form of music like jazz, that should be – or you'd think should be – all about liberation and improvisation and everything. -Damien Chazelle

My dad is a big jazz fan, and that was the reason I first got into jazz. -Damien Chazelle

What I love about jazz is that it's full of legends, full of myths. It's an oral history because it started in New Orleans and Kansas City, under the radar. -Damien Chazelle

In some ways, jazz is the most precise of art forms and the loosest in the sense that it's all about improvisation, but the musicianship required is kind of insane. To actually play with real jazz musicians is a different level of musicianship that almost has no equal in any other form of music in the world. -Damien Chazelle

I was really trying to sell to people who hate jazz: to make a case for the art form as youthful and energetic, not the sort of rarified intellectual activity it's painted as. -Damien Chazelle

I was in a rock band; I was my own folk singer; I was in a death metal band for a very short time; I was in a cover band, a jazz band, a blues band. I was in a gospel choir. -Kiesza

My grandfather was a massive influence in my music. Growing up, he would play a lot of old-school records to me. A lot of jazz and swing music, actually, growing up. -Ella Henderson

Growing up, I listened and was influenced by a lot of those around me. I have a big family, and my dad listened to '80s music, my mom listened to Motown, my brother listened to reggae, and my granddad was the one that got me into jazz and swing music. -Ella Henderson

I was in a competing company and have been dancing since I was four – ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop – so it's a huge part of my life and my music. -Tinashe

I've never studied the classics, but I'd like to. My teacher offered to show me how the Greeks were able to sculpt someone perfectly. From there, you can go off and experiment – sort of like jazz. Once you learn to play anything, you can break the form and go and do something even bigger. -Channing Tatum

My great inspiration has always been Studs Terkel, who is a wonderful American oral historian. He was a radio DJ at first, interviewed a lot of jazz musicians, and at some point started to interview Americans about work. -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

You get this really cool groove when you're playing just piano, bass, and drums where everyone's sort of feeling each other's space, which is the only way to put it, but it really is true, and everyone's sort of sitting in their own pocket. It's kind of jazz-like. -John Darnielle

I got my first set of drums when I was around 3. I went from band to marching band to Latin jazz band – it's like riding a bike. -Jeremih

When you're talking about your own music every day, listening to bands, going to festivals, you can kind of lose sight of your initial connection with music. Instrumental music – especially jazz – helps me refocus. -Jenny Lewis

If you ask me, rockabilly has had a raw deal for far too long. People never shunned the blues or jazz the way they do rockabilly. But it's the original punk-rock, and it changed the way people looked at music for ever. -Imelda May

Sure, I could have lots of people who do the cooking, the driving, all that jazz – but I would be unhappy. I wouldn't want my children raised that way. -Kate Winslet

For me it's the high-water mark of American culture – not so much contemporary jazz, which has become kind of academic, but the jazz from the '20s on through the '70s. -Flea

I grew up with all these old jazz guys in the '70s in L.A., and they grew up idolizing Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Lester Young – all of these incredible musicians. -Flea

I started playing trumpet when I was 11 years old. All I wanted to be was a jazz trumpet player when I grew up. -Flea

When I was growing up, in L.A., I went to these schools, Fairfax High School, Bancroft Junior High School, and they had great music departments. I always played in the orchestra, the jazz band, the marching band. -Flea

It's funny to find there are still people around who think if a musician has schooling, it automatically makes him a lesser jazz player. But you don't learn jazz in school. -Paul Horn

You have to go out and learn jazz by playing. -Paul Horn

We were the first small American jazz group since Sidney Bechet in 1927 to play for the public in Moscow and Leningrad. -Paul Horn

The enthusiasm, the adulation for us as jazz artists, in Kiev and Odessa was really heartwarming. -Paul Horn

Why can't jazz musicians just leave a melody alone? -Peter Capaldi

I wake up late, say 10 or 11, because we've usually been out and about town until 2 or 3 A.M. listening to music at the jazz clubs or hitting the jazz clubs post-theater. -Tamara Tunie

For most Americans, poetry plays no role in their everyday lives. But also for most Americans, contemporary painting or jazz or sculpture play no role either. I'm not saying poetry is singled out as a special thing to ignore. -Billy Collins

Most people don't know that Congo Square was originally a Muscogee ceremonial ground… in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. -Joy Harjo

The radio is playing jazz, and I listen to the sound of the trumpet playing a solo until I become that sound. -Joy Harjo

I started with ballet, and once I started to really like it, I got into more – I did jazz and tap, and then kept going. -Maddie Ziegler

I love opera. I love jazz, especially Mingus. This makes me sound highbrow. I'm not. -Phil Klay

I have specific playlists for arrivals in different cities. Tokyo skews new wave, Paris more jazz, and New York is Top 40. -Chris Benz

I find early jazz to be the most revolutionary music of its time. -Ving Rhames

You know you're a hopeless record nerd when your time travel fantasies always come around to how cool it would be to go back to 1973 and buy all the great funk and jazz and salsa records that came out that year on tiny obscure labels and are now really rare and expensive. -Adam Mansbach

I became a professional musician and played all kinds of music. I played bluegrass, I played classical music, and for many years, I played jazz. -Terry Teachout

All of the most popular music of the '30s and '40s were deeply informed by jazz. -Terry Teachout

I believe deeply that jazz is still a very vital music that has much to say, not just to eggheads, or whatever the musical equivalent of an egghead is, but to ordinary people. -Terry Teachout

In the early days of jazz, it was ensemble music: everybody playing all together. Nobody really stood out. -Terry Teachout

Copland was one of the first American composers to forge a truly modern style of American classical music while also making use of American popular music – including jazz. -Terry Teachout

As late as the early '50s, jazz was still, for the most part, a genuinely popular music, a utilitarian, song-based idiom to which ordinary people could dance if they felt like it. -Terry Teachout

Even if I could, I wouldn't want to undo the transformation of jazz into a sophisticated art music. -Terry Teachout

No, I don't know how to get young people to start listening to jazz again. But I do know this: Any symphony orchestra that thinks it can appeal to under-30 listeners by suggesting that they 'should' like Schubert and Stravinsky has already lost the battle. -Terry Teachout

Music is something I couldn't live without. My dad was into music, he played for pleasure – guitar, piano. I started off doing jazz, singing with a lot of fabulous musicians here in London before I went to the States. And I still take piano lessons every Wednesday. -Marianne Jean-Baptiste

I mix everything up. A museum curator once said to me that there is a great jazz component to the way I do things because good jazz is improvisation and draws elements from all different cultures. And that's the way I do everything – the way I dress and decorate. -Iris Apfel

I grew up listening to Beethoven and old jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Anita O'Day. But those were, like, the only women I listened to – I hated women pop singers. -Sophie B. Hawkins

When you're playing jazz, you have to somehow overcome that feeling of being intimidated because your aim is to portray that freedom in what you're playing. -Buddy DeFranco

Artie Shaw was way ahead of most clarinetists and most jazz players. -Buddy DeFranco

When I heard Charlie Parker, I knew that that was going to be the new wave, the new way to play jazz. From that point on, I was sold with… the idea of bebop. -Buddy DeFranco

If it hadn't worked out professionally, I would be teaching music theory and composition in a small college somewhere and playing drums in a jazz trio at the Holiday Inn on weekends, and I'd be happy there, too. -J. D. Souther

I had a jazz trio, a rock n' roll band, and I played drums in junior high, high school, college, big bands, and I played timpani in the symphony. I am a drummer. It's the one instrument I actually play pretty well. It's just hard to carry on your back. -J. D. Souther

My dad was a huge big band and jazz fan, and we both sort of enjoyed be-bop, but man, it required so much skill to play it. And then there was cool jazz, the era that Miles, Coltrane, and Ornette ushered in, and that found a home in me. It turns out that that music was just really where I breathed. -J. D. Souther

What basketball expresses is what jazz expresses. Certain cultural predispositions to make art. All African-American art has a substratum, or baseline, of improvisation and spontaneity. You find that in both basketball and jazz. -John Edgar Wideman

If I want the day off, the boss never says 'No.' I paint away listening to an iTunes jazz station called KCSM Jazz Radio. It's perfect. Good music and no news traffic or celebrities. -Korky Paul

When I'd hear something that sounded like I could follow it – most of those big band jazz tunes are blues anyway – I would hum it and play with the fiddle while I was humming. -Johnny Gimble

We have such a great depth of human history in all of the arts, whether it's opera or mathematics or painting or classical music or jazz. There's so many things to study, new books to read, and certainly always ways to transform old ideas and to come up with new ones. -Patti Smith

I think jazz has given me freedom with my voice. -Rebecca Ferguson

I think that's what I love about jazz is that you can do what you want, and you're allowed to mess up. -Rebecca Ferguson

My prayer is improvised – though like some standard jazz performance, the improv happens within pretty strict parameters – and asks for nothing. -Darin Strauss

There is no blood in jazz drumming, and there are no bullies in jazz drumming. -Neil Peart

Whenever I open a book about jazz, I turn to the index and look for Lennie Tristano, the incredible pianist; Lee Konitz, the luminous alto sax player; and Warne Marsh, the tenor player who captured some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. -Carolyn See

I started doing theater at the age of six. I also took tap and jazz lessons. I refused to take ballet, which is one of my biggest regrets to this day. -Brandon Uranowitz

Both the nationalists and the communists disapproved of jazz and feared it. They thought it would weaken people's resolve to fight off the invasion. And most Americans know, China did ban all Western music for about 30 years, starting in 1949. This is where it started. -Nicole Mones

In the 1970s and early '80s, Shanghai was quiet, cautious, a ghost of a once-great city – and yet physically, little was changed from its glittering heyday. When visiting, I enjoyed reading books on local history and used my time off to scope out the former haunts of gangsters and jazzmen. -Nicole Mones

By the time I approached my forties, I had the self-assurance to approach all the genres I love so deeply: R & B, rock, jazz, and pop. -Natalie Cole

I'm a trumpet player, and I sing jazz. -Colin Salmon

I have this theory that I hold on to, the theory that everything great in art and in life in general is jazz. It's just like all these things that just kind of seem to fall into place. You know, like mistakes that somehow turn into something beautiful. -Jerrod Carmichael

Musical theater is an American genre. It started really, in America, as a combination of jazz and operetta; most of the great musical theater writers in the golden era are American. I think that to do a musical is a very American thing to me. -Rachel Bloom

I grew up listening to everything. You know, from Argentinean folk music, tango, jazz, rock, just everything. -Gustavo Santaolalla

At 14 and 15, I used to listen to Tito Puente, Dave Valentine and everything that was happening with American jazz. I love it. -La India

My style of singing is very much Latin jazz meets Latin and a little bit of rhythm and blues. When I do ballads, my fans love it. They want to listen to my classics. They want to party. -La India

I loved singing rock-and-roll, jazz, anything on radio, anything commercial. I was able to do anything, but I didn't know what direction to go in. -La India

I like jazz, rock n' roll, some hip hop – I can't think of any music I don't like. -B. B. King

Whenever I'm in Kansas City, I think back to all the jazz-blues greats who played the blues here – like Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Jay McShann. I watched those guys jam in different places and heard a lot of things – but I couldn't do what they did. They were too good. -B. B. King

I loved Art Tatum! And, through him, and other different jazz musicians, I actually found my technique. -Tony Bennett

It just so happens that my oldest and best friend is Bob James, the Grammy-winning great jazz pianist! -Jack O'Brien

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

There are no great jazz-fusion bands. -Prince

I think with me and the type of music that I'm trying to make, it's always going be soulful because I grew up listening to different types and variations of soulful melodies and jazz, but experimenting with different types of stylistic souls. -Charlie Puth

I'm from New Orleans, which is all about direct engagement out in the street with all the parades and Mardi Gras Indians and jazz funerals. I'm trying to take that and put it into my generation, a group that doesn't have enough joy and celebration in their lives. -Jon Batiste

There were so many people after that first 'Colbert Report' interview that were impressed by the synergy we had during the interview. People everywhere we'd go would say, 'You should be the bandleader; it would be great for jazz. It would be great for the music.' But I was completely against it. -Jon Batiste

In such a globally connected world, musicians now have the unique opportunity to express all of the cultural 'mash ups' we are experiencing these days. Akin to the blend of cultures that occurred in early 20th-century New Orleans that led to the birth of jazz, I believe that the world has reached a similar cultural turning point. -Jon Batiste

The beauty of jazz is that it can accommodate all styles. You can take jazz and put rock in it, and it's still jazz. -Jon Batiste

Tap's foundation is jazz, just like hip-hop, so relating tap-dancing to rap is natural for me. -Savion Glover

I was first introduced to dancing through the TV: I remember watching ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing when I was very little. But I felt no connection with it whatsoever: it was just like watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon. -Savion Glover

They all come from the street – tap, jazz and flamenco. And the streets are always changing. If it comes from the streets, change is the only thing that's consistent. -Savion Glover

Just like a comedian has a certain joke or a jazz musician has a riff that they know will get the crowd, a tap dancer always has a step. -Savion Glover

When you find real jazz on the radio dial, it comes in all static-y. It's just like tap dancers. You have to go uptown to find the real hoofers. We only come to midtown if we're called upon. -Savion Glover

I go for a nice walk in my neighborhood and search for vinyl, old jazz, classics. Then I go home and listen to them. -Savion Glover

I listened to classical music. I listened to jazz. I listened to everything. And I started becoming interested in the sounds of jazz. And I went to a concert of Jazz at the Philharmonic when we lived in Omaha, Nebraska, and I saw Charlie Parker play and Billie Holiday sing and Lester Young play, and that did it. I said, 'That's what I want to do.' -Charlie Haden

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

I came from being a singer going into jazz. And that's one of the things that polio did for me is it took away my ability to sing with a range because it paralyzed my vocal chords, so that was when I started playing. But I hear the music as if I were singing even when I am playing. -Charlie Haden

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

People ask me how could I go from country to jazz. It's been a natural convergence for me. -Charlie Haden

I always liked jazz. And my people liked the old blues, race records and the doo-wop and all that. -Amiri Baraka

Until I was about 16 years old, my dream was to be a musician. I played in rock bands and jazz bands. Then I decided to be an actor and kept the stable career of 'jazz pianist' as my safety net. -Simon Helberg

I want to break down the wall of, you know, you have to put on a jacket and tie, and you have to act a certain way, and you have to know how to order the right kind of wine. All these things have suddenly been built up around jazz and the way it's presented. -Jose James

Kind of the sad thing is that – it's still true – a lot of jazz people just listen to jazz, and a lot of hip-hop people just listen to hip-hop, and there's not a lot of crossover, unfortunately. -Jose James

I went to a Catholic high school, and I was super rebellious. I would dress weird or play jazz. I was definitely pushing against whatever was going on. -Jose James

I feel like Europe is way more advanced. They're way more open to the definition of jazz. More cool. They're like, 'You want to do that? Awesome. You want to work with a rapper? Awesome.' They're not, 'Aah, it's not real jazz.' -Jose James

When it's all said and done, jazz with a capital J is where I'm coming from. Dexter Gordon, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk – that's what I really studied when I was a teenager and what really fueled my passion. -Jose James

I'm a man that's unique to the world. That's kind of the star I was born under – on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. My mother is Irish-American, and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it's kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that's between jazz and R&B. -Jose James

I never wanted to sound clean and pretty. In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows if I want and then these really tiny laser highs if I want as well. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

I was brought up in a house with a lot of appreciation for music, all kinds of music, including jazz. But I never knew that it could really be a career. I didn't know any jazz singers. I never saw live jazz. I only heard these records. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

I was lucky enough to grow up in a house where we listened to all kinds of music. We listened to Haitian, hip hop, soul, classical jazz, gospel and Cuban music, to name a few. When you have access to that as a child, it just opens up your world. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

Most of the people that I learned and experienced jazz with have been with foreign white people, mostly from France. Excluding my family. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

Jazz sometimes can be really complicated and inaccessible to people because they don't know what to start with. You can start with something that you love, but if you start with something that you hate, then it's like, 'You know what, I hate jazz.' It took me a lot of time to catch on to jazz, too. -Cecile McLorin Salvant

Presley is country music, white music. Jazz is black music – it was invented by the blacks in New Orleans. And I'm really a jazz singer. I was impressed with Elvis – he was the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person, too. But the music doesn't impress me. -Tony Bennett

This is what really makes real jazz musicians: people coming out with their own voice. -Roscoe Mitchell

The starting point of all great jazz has got to be format, a language that you can work within that, in some ways, is much tighter than the blues or even gospel. It's all working towards the same destination – the difference being that Miles Davis flew there, and I'm still taking the subway. -James McBride

John Brown was the abolitionist to end all abolitionists. People thought he was crazy. He was like John Coltrane playing free jazz, exhausting all possibilities in his approach to harmony and improvisation. -James McBride

When the great jazz and blues clubs closed – joints where the cash register rang loudly and there wasn't ESPN on TV over the bandstand, and people smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey and hollered 'Play on!' – When those places closed, I was pretty much done. -James McBride

When I was coming up, a lot of serious jazz players couldn't stand funk. -James McBride

Perhaps the CDC should quit spending money on things like jazzercise, urban gardening, and massage therapy and direct that money to where it's appropriate in protecting the health of the American people. -Cory Gardner

When I read the script and saw the jazz music setting, and when I read the name of the filmmaker was Damien Chazelle, I immediately got this mental image of Antoine Fuqua. -J. K. Simmons

In 'Where the Air is Clear', Carlos Fuentes composed a polyphonic portrait of Mexico City amid the growth and modernization brought on by the economic boom of the 1950s. The novel can be read as a jazz interpretation – free and in a Mexican key – of John Dos Passos' 'Manhattan Transfer'. -Alvaro Enrigue

I'm a very keen baker; I pride myself on my cakes. I go along the classic sponge line, but I like to jazz it up: I've made some psychedelic birthday cakes. -Greg Rutherford

I feel like I'm a torchbearer for jazz, fostering its tradition but its future, too. -Jason Moran

I grew up with KTSU, and that station gave me so much info about the pantheon of black sounds: reggae, gospel, blues, soul, hip hop, and mostly they played jazz. That was a major part of how I understood music. -Jason Moran

The great jazz radio stations have a duty to continue evolving their format just as audiences ask the musicians to evolve. How do you do that with a form of music that has 100 years of recorded history? How do you also keep it contemporary so you don't isolate your listeners? These are major questions. -Jason Moran

America used to be proud of abstraction, and we have fallen away from it. The future depends on people trying to promote that abstract thinking. Not just in relation to music and jazz and the arts, but the economy, social strife, tension between people. -Jason Moran

I don't want to be defined solely by what I do as a jazz musician at a club or a festival. That's not all of me. It's not even close. -Jason Moran

If you're a lay person listening to jazz, you don't necessarily understand everything that's happening within the form. But you get the sense of it, the feel of it, because you're getting to hear something that develops right in front of your face. -Jason Moran

There's mediocre jazz, mediocre salesmen, mediocre golfers. If you want to be good, you have to really hone your skills. -Jason Moran

It's important that the art forms communicate, whether it's the dance program with the jazz program or the classical program with the opera program, that these conversations becomes fluid. -Jason Moran

Freedom is the thing that has attracted me most to jazz. Within improvisation, you're really able to express something that maybe I'm not so adept at expressing via language. So I develop a language through the instrument to tell stories. So it's kind of this freedom of thought and freedom of expression that kind happens. -Jason Moran

I'm asked so many times why I think there aren't more female instrumentalists in jazz. But I never think about it. And I don't think it's been any harder for me to be taken seriously. The music speaks for itself. -Hiromi Uehara

The first time I listened to jazz was when I was 8. -Hiromi Uehara

When you limit the word 'jazz' to one period of history, for the people who love that period, then maybe it can be dead because nobody plays like that anymore. But jazz is progressive music; it always has to progress, and musicians always have to find new landscapes and new ways to speak out, so of course it's always changing. -Hiromi Uehara

I don't want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It's just the union of what I've been listening to and what I've been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don't want to give it a name. -Hiromi Uehara

Some people dig jazz, some people dig classical music, some people dig rock. Everyone is so concerned about who they like. They always say, 'This guy is the best,' 'No, this guy is the best.' But I think everyone is great. I really don't have barriers to any type of music. I could listen to everything from metal to classical music to anything else. -Hiromi Uehara

As time passed on, got to hear some players who were straight up funky, not just jazz. Nat Adderley, for instance – he's a funky trumpet player, so he was my man. -Cynthia Robinson

It's like, whenever I do any kind of cover, if it's a jazz piece or pop cover, I want to honor the original and make sure that the bulk and the juice of what makes that so great is there, but take it to a different place. -Gretchen Parlato

I always used to say I'm definitely not a straight-ahead jazz singer, because then there's people who would hear what I do and say, 'Is it jazz? I don't know…' Whatever it is, it really comes down to creating music that makes people feel something. -Gretchen Parlato

Ultimately, I think there's this umbrella term of jazz, and what's cool about not just what's happening with my music but this general sense of what's happening with this generation of musicians, is it's a very broad term, and we can incorporate all types of music, and we can be influenced and inspired by all kinds of sounds. -Gretchen Parlato

I might sound like the weird artist hippy girl or whatever, but I don't have a complaint about what jazz is or what I'm doing with music. And that's more of a philosophy on my life. I could find things that maybe could shift or change, but ultimately, it's like that's not a good way to live our lives and think about what we do. -Gretchen Parlato

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

What I love about jazz is the improvisation, the fact that you never know what's going to happen next. -Cyrille Aimee

I really love advertising art of the '50s and the way mid-century design was often represented in jazzy, fast art. -Christopher McCulloch

I turn on the radio. I'm a really big fan of old-fashioned dial radio. I love WNYC and NPR and also 88.3 in New York, which is the jazz station, and it's usually good for background music. If I'm not in New York City or by a traditional radio, I'll stream it on my phone, although I usually try not to look at my phone first thing in the morning. -Julia Stiles

My parents always stressed finding some sort of creative outlet, so they would take me to dance classes, take me to jazz clubs. -Julia Stiles

I get good references from a wide range of music. Something who's been a good influence in the last few years is Qawwali music. If you listen to a Qawwali singer like Aziz Mian – he's like James Brown. Qawwali is like Pakistani gospel-jazz. It's emotional, but it's also improvised, and it's all about that sacred-and-profane tightrope. -Riz Ahmed

Both of my mom's parents were music teachers, so I got a lot of knowledge about everything from classical music to jazz to musicals. -Jillian Hervey

I've been listening to jazzmen, especially saxophonists, since the time of the early Count Basie records, which featured Lester Young. Pres was my first real influence, but the first horn I got was an alto, not a tenor. -John Coltrane

I first met Miles Davis about 1947 and played a few jobs with him and Sonny Rollins at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. During this period, he was coming into his own, and I could see him extending the boundaries of jazz even further. -John Coltrane

I am not comparing myself to great artists, but when you see conceptual artists at work, on some level it's reassuring to know they can paint figuratively. Likewise, when you listen to the '50s jazz people who do these vast solos, you buy into it more if they open by playing a tune. -Stewart Lee

You don't have to be fearless to do anything; you can be scared out of your mind. I fear that I won't get better and that I won't have time to practice. To be called a 'jazz musician' – it's a big responsibility. -Esperanza Spalding

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

I really like jazz and soul, but I also love so many other types of music, and I didn't want to be afraid to blend and experiment. -Andra Day

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

I went to a performing arts school, and we studied musical theater, jazz vocal performance, and they kind of start you out on those things because they feel like it is a good foundation, and it was. -Andra Day

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

Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend. -Andra Day

I was heavily influenced by big voices when I was younger. People like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle really spoke to me. When I got older, I was into Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill, but it wasn't until I started working with a voice coach that I really dove into jazz music. -Andra Day

I was always inundated with music, whether it be my mother's favorites like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King and the Carpenters, or my dad's jazz music. -Andra Day

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

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

I knew that I could sing when I was young. I would listen to a lot of jazz; I'm a big jazz fan. When I first got to high school and studied musical theater, I could sing. But I added certain things to my voice, and I realized after graduating high school that this is the kind of voice I had. It's not very nimble, but it's heavy. -Andra Day

That's why I loved Dinah Washington. She sung jazz, but they called her the Queen of the Blues. She had the control and sophistication of jazz in her note selection and how to attack a song or certain lines, but then attacked it with a painful force of blues behind it. That's why I admired her so much, because of that versatility. -Andra Day

Listening to the stories told in jazz music and how those artists expressed their truths about the times and what they were dealing with is what struck me the most. -Andra Day

I wanted to keep pushing the musical ideas I had about jazz, music from Africa and the Caribbean. -Taj Mahal

I have some friends, and they're super-hipster. And they're like, 'All I wanna do is sing in a jazz bar and to just make it to pay for the rent.' And I'm like, 'Cool… That's not what I wanna do. I want as many people as possible to go to my concert.' -Zara Larsson

We mix a lot of genres – soul, pop, jazz – but we most agree on hip-hop. -Lukas Forchhammer

I've got all of the old school vinyls from the '70s – even further back, like the jazz music in the '40s, '50s, '60s. Then I've got all the '80s stuff underground, hip-hop when hip-hop really first started. The '90s stuff. All of the good stuff, because I'm really into music, and it helps me create new songs now. -Ty Dolla Sign

I like Jaco Pastorius' 'Portrait of Tracy.' He was this bass player who played jazz fusion. He was the dopest bass player who ever lived. -Ty Dolla Sign

A lot of times, we look at jazz in eras. How can we not keep those eras separate and think of the language as one complete continuum? It's all interrelated, and it's all evolutionary. -Aaron Diehl

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

My grandfather, Arthur Baskerville, he played and still plays a little bit piano and trombone, and so when I was a kid, I always heard jazz around the house, but I also went to his gigs, whether it be a Saturday brunch in my hometown Columbus, Ohio. We'd go and hear him play with some of the local musicians. -Aaron Diehl

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

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

I really want to bring ensemble playing back to the forefront – not just for me, but for everyone in jazz. When you have a group, a true co-op group, you can really heighten the possibilities of all the treasures of jazz. -Aaron Diehl

I flow between modern and traditional jazz, between samba and choro – all maybe in a week's time. -Anat Cohen

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

Influences at home, including classical music, were not all specifically jazz, but the family radio was always on… So there was always some connection to American culture, to American music. -Anat Cohen

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

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

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

People hear traditional jazz and think it's stale, where there are so many ways it can be opened up. With New Orleans and old-time grooves, there's no limit in what can be done with that. I want to break the stereotype of what traditional jazz is. -Bria Skonberg

My first love of jazz came from joining the Chilliwack Middle School band – it was like an 18-piece jazz band, and I wanted to join just because the older kids looked like they were having so much fun. -Bria Skonberg

What I do is always hard for me to explain, but it's like a mixture of New Orleans jazz and world music, with a little bit of Spanish flavour. I just take all that and mix it with Chilliwack, and something comes out! -Bria Skonberg

I fell in love with playing the trumpet because of what we call 'hot jazz' of the 1920s and 1930s, music that has a higher energy to it. -Bria Skonberg

When somebody uses a word as a genre distinction, all it really does is trigger certain experiences, or music, that somebody's been exposed to. But that's an individual thing; there's no sort of universal understanding of what jazz is. -Gerald Clayton

Some people say that if you do anything other than a straight-ahead groove, that it's not jazz. But that kind of labeling is wrong. Music is what it is; if it sounds good, it sounds good. -Gerald Clayton

The reason New Orleans is still around is because of the celebrations it has inspired since its inception as a city. I'm always excited about the possibility of what might happen. That's what drives us, and I think that's the spirit of New Orleans and the spirit of jazz. -Irvin Mayfield

One of the things I love about jazz music is that intent is first and execution is second. In classical music, execution is first and intent is second, meaning that you must first learn a piece before you can truly add your interpretation to it. -Irvin Mayfield

I was nearing the end of childhood when I started to pay real attention to jazz singers. Women excelled as jazz singers; they surpassed most of the men. Black women excelled as jazz singers; they surpassed most of the whites. -Margo Jefferson

Like dancers with choreography or actors with scripts, jazz singers could take material that was known, even loved, then risk interpreting and revising it. They could conceal even as they revealed themselves. Inflection, timing and tonality were their language, at least as much as words. -Margo Jefferson

Thank God for jazz. It gave black women what film and theater gave white women: a well-lighted space where they could play with roles and styles, conduct esthetic experiments and win money and praise. -Margo Jefferson

Actually, a lot of my influences were horn players. I really liked Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane and Miles Davis – people like that. My dad had a lot of those records. So when I started playing jazz primarily, it wasn't jazz guitar that I was listening to. -Mary Halvorson

I think jazz guitar isn't very ladylike in general. Not that it shouldn't be. -Mary Halvorson

I don't enjoy jazz guitar in general. I don't enjoy listening to a lot of it. I don't enjoy the tone. In general I've found its role in jazz to be kind of difficult. -Mary Halvorson

Nobody would take me seriously. They would take one look at me and say, 'O.K., folk singer.' That was really hard for me, and I was angry a lot of the time. I did all these summer programs, and I never encountered another female playing jazz guitar. Ever. -Mary Halvorson

The way I like to think about it is, even though I started music early – I started in classical music – it wasn't until I discovered jazz that I really fell in love with music and realized this was what I wanted to do for a living. -Miguel Zenon

I've always thought that jazz needs to be heard by a wider audience in Puerto Rico. I want to put together a series of free concerts in the small towns – one with Miles Davis music, another with bebop, maybe Duke Ellington. I want younger people to see what is possible. -Miguel Zenon

When I started music, I started out in Puerto Rico with classical music. But what really made me want to be a musician was jazz, and because I didn't grow up with jazz, I had to learn it from a very basic level. I had to go into the history and learn everything about the development of the music, all the players and all that stuff. -Miguel Zenon

Even though the music I make gathers influences from all over the place, I feel that the core of what I do comes from the jazz tradition. In terms of improvisation, interaction, feel and overall concept, Jazz is my main source of information and inspiration. -Miguel Zenon

I love Marvin Gaye. I like jazz and all that stuff. -Diplo

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

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

When we improvise freely – that is, without a structure – it tends to sound more like 20th century classical music, more like a classical ensemble improvising, as opposed to a free-jazz group, where you're more used to hearing saxophones honking. -John Abercrombie

I grew up with music in the house. I was told I could sing as soon as I started talking. Everybody in my family sang, always lots of records, blues and jazz and soul, R&B, you know, like Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Coltrane, that kind of thing. -Tracy Chapman

Very few of the men whose names have become great in the early pioneering of jazz and of swing were trained in music at all. They were born musicians: they felt their music and played by ear and memory. That was the way it was with the great Dixieland Five. -Louis Armstrong

My dad had two, sometimes three jobs. Besides running the Commodore Music Shop in Manhattan, he did jazz concerts, and he ran this great jazz label, Commodore. -Billy Crystal

Of course my uncle was a giant, but my dad, in particular, had the house filled with these great Dixieland jazz stars, really the best of them: Henry Red Allen, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Buster Bailey, Cutty Cutshall, Tyree Glenn, Zutty Singleton. These are all big names in the Dixieland world. -Billy Crystal

I was singing totally jazz then, but when I heard the Beatles and heard the gospel influence and everything, I just said, 'I can make jazz with R&B.' -Billy Paul

Whiplash' was just a lucky kind of convergence of events in that I'd been trying to get a bigger project off the ground with no success for a while, and then finally, out of frustration, I just wrote this leaner, meaner, personal script about my experiences as a jazz drummer, and that's the one that wound up getting made. -Damien Chazelle

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

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

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

I'm a great believer that actors are very similar to session musicians. You wouldn't ask a session musician, 'How do you play jazz,' and then, 'How do you play classical?' They just do it, because if they don't do it, they don't eat. -Eddie Marsan

I listen to a lot of jazz. I'm a big Sinatra geek. I love Chet Baker. -Eddie Marsan

When I like myself, which is not too often, but when I do like myself on film, it's when I point, and I go, 'Look what she did! She did the funniest thing – look at her!' Where I can really separate back from it and I don't see me anymore, then I'm really excited. That's, like, really fun for me. That jazzes me. -Dinah Manoff

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

That's the thing: There are so many art songs in jazz. It's a much more rich experience for the singer than people think. -Kurt Elling

I'm a jazz musician, and I really wanted to not miss an opportunity to have the full connection to jazz. -Kurt Elling

The musicians in Chicago gave me my vocation, but New York calls to a jazz musician, for sure. You want to test your mettle. -Kurt Elling

Man, I just feel so fortunate to be a jazz musician at all. I have a hard time thinking of it any other way. It's such a fulfilling vocation. I love it. -Kurt Elling

I really thought I was gonna have a straight gig. But these jazz musicians put their arms around me time and again and said, 'Hey, young fella, you're one of us. Come with us.' That's a big deal when you're young and looking for your way in the world. -Kurt Elling

We all know that jazz demands a cultivation of the mind. -Kurt Elling

I've tried to learn as much as I can about the great jazz singers to understand what makes them important, vital artists, but there is always something more to learn. -Kurt Elling

I want to be the jazz singer. -Kurt Elling

A lot of the commercial world wants to bank in on the cachet that jazz brings. -Kurt Elling

People want to have access to jazz because it has a vibe that's very strong. -Kurt Elling

I think my intention was there, and my love for the music was apparent. And there are very few singers who get up and desire to take the kinds of risks that jazz musicians routinely need to be taking. -Kurt Elling

You can start from any source material, and you can approach it with a jazz ear, and then it will become a jazz moment. -Kurt Elling

It helps me to learn things in different languages, even if it's just phonetically, and to make myself vulnerable to other audiences by trying to reflect back to them the genius of their own cultures, and to do that, oftentimes, in new jazz settings, new arrangements. It's a way to show respect. -Kurt Elling

My strength is to communicate with an audience and to know what jazz singing is capable of. -Kurt Elling

I'm thrilled when I hear the greatest jazz musicians. They continue to search in ways other musicians do not. -Kurt Elling

It's pretty rare in jazz to have a full-on steady band. -Kurt Elling

One doesn't have to scat to be a jazz singer. -Kurt Elling

I'd been studying philosophy at the University of Chicago. I hadn't been doing well, because I was sitting in with jazz musicians at night – it's hard to read Heidegger, but it's especially hard if you're half asleep. -Kurt Elling

Karl Johnson, my first piano player at Milt Trenier's, he just swung really hard and gave me a sense of really belonging to the jazz scene. -Kurt Elling

The great jazz and jazz-influenced singers carry themselves with a certain panache and a certain elegance and, for lack of a better word, self-confidence. -Kurt Elling

I think of jazz as being homage through innovation. Don't quote that as a definition, but it comes pretty close. -Kurt Elling

You don't show respect to Frank Sinatra and his great example by trying to sound exactly like him. You show it by sounding exactly like you, and that's the way jazz has always progressed as an art form. -Kurt Elling

I come from a jazzy, acoustic, folky background. Everything has to work with melodies; the words have to have meaning. -Yuna

I came from a strong jazz/ singer-songwriter/folk influence, but in L.A., I learned how to have a balance between all these genres and R&B music and hip-hop, mixing them all together. -Yuna

In Malaysia, we have a lot of divas, like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey singers. And they were all so so talented, just very talented. For example, there's this one jazz singer, her name is Sheila Majid, and I was always singing her songs. -Yuna

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

When I'm working, I'm pretty busy with that, but when I'm not, yeah, I like to make music. I sing in jazz bars and stuff, and then I mainly paint every day. It's kind of like a different side of my mind I like to use, and it keeps the other one fresh, and yeah, writing, I've been writing with some friends. -Alia Shawkat

If you're more interested in looking like a hipster, a jazz musician, or a young hunk, I'd recommend the pork pie. It has a narrow brim and a flat top. -Roger Stone

I once tried to sing jazz for real. But jazz didn't do it for me. You can't have jazz without a jazz world, which doesn't exist anymore. -Jeff Buckley

I once took a ride to the beach in L.A., and all along the shore there were all these so-called jazz places. And I saw these college guys and session players playing this fusion Muzak stuff. It was just a lot of notes, and the more notes they played, the more it kept them from expressing anything. So I came back home and got out my Zeppelin albums. -Jeff Buckley

I don't like it when a player says, 'I like freedom; I want to play for myself.' Because the player has to understand he is part of a team with 10 other players. If everyone wants to be a jazz musician, it will be chaos. They will not be a team, and nothing will be possible. -Pep Guardiola

We were either listening to jazz or Robert Johnson, the old blues man, but not to our peers. -Butch Trucks

Our approach is more the jazz approach, where you learn to play your instrument as well as you can, develop your craft, and then communicate with each other. That's the focus, not trying to give some message or entertain or have a good light show or whatever. -Butch Trucks

I wouldn't call myself a jazz player or a blues player. -Dickey Betts

My audience went, 'Wait, why is she singing jazz? What's going on?' And then they went, 'Oh, because she can. Because she loves it.' And jazz, a music invented by the African-American community, is the greatest art form, I believe, to have ever come out of this country. -Lady Gaga

It's also crazy how Shakespeare has that cadence, and it's about locking into the jazz of the language, just like locking into the rhythm in N.W.A's lyrics. -Corey Hawkins

Outside India, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Rihanna are my favourites. I also like Justin Bieber. I like Western jazz and pop. Been a classical singer, I have sung a song 'Auliya,' a fusion of Western and Indian classical. -Armaan Malik

I always felt of myself as a composer, performer, improviser. I've never called myself a jazz man. I make art. -Wadada Leo Smith

I wasn't into jazz so much – I preferred things raw. -Jimmy Page

I grew up watching American films, listening to American music, and it's a big contribution to the rest of the world. I mean, American jazz, for me, is the best thing culturally that America has produced. -Wagner Moura

George Benson conquered many different genres, from pop ballads to R&B to jazz. -Little Louie Vega

Electronic musicians are quite like writers or painters. They are quite isolated in their home studios. We often don't have that the opportunity to collaborate with that many people, like in rock or jazz. -Jean-Michel Jarre

Over time, I've loved jazz, Miles Davis and Chet Baker, then Janis and Jimi and Creedence, then classic rock. -Juliette Lewis

It's easy to mock a man who has founded a religion based on John Coltrane, who considers 'A Love Supreme,' whatever its merits as a jazz album, to be holy scripture. -Tucker Carlson

I have a taste for a lot of different kinds of music… everything, from hip-hop to jazz to R&B to top 40 to alternative. There's a lot of good music out there. Every now and then, I'll flip through VH1 and watch the videos… the only thing I really don't listen to is country. -Ray Allen

When I was a young teenager, it was all about The Clash for me and that sort of English punk stuff. Then the Clash led me to all these other kinds of music: classic rock, Stevie Wonder, world music, and Brazilian music. I got serious about jazz when I was probably about 14 or 15. -Greg Kurstin

I studied and sang lot of jazz when I was growing up. I think that plays a little bit into some of the things I do vocally, notes that I pick in chords. -Chris Young

As for what I look for, I don't know any other way to put it, but I look for truth, and honesty, because that's something that's few and far between. And obviously, someone who takes care of herself physically. But truth, honesty, and love, that's what's most important. Oh, and someone who can vibe to some jazz. Because I love jazz music a lot. -Trevante Rhodes

As a singer, I've been criticized for sounding feminine. They say I don't belong in any category, male or female, pop or jazz. But early on, I saw my suffering as my salvation. -Jimmy Scott

I was actually going to work at Tokyo Disney. I thought, 'I'll work in the family!' That was my postgraduate plan. I didn't really have any plans lined up, but I was going to audition for this big band jazz show that was at Tokyo Disney. I think the concert was, like, for a year or something, and I thought, 'Yeah, that's what I'll do!' -Sasheer Zamata

By the time I was in my teens, I was listening to Delta blues and jazz. -Hozier

I had just discovered jazz, and I started singing in a kind of blues cover band at the age of 15. We called ourselves – it was a terrible name – the Blue Zoots. We couldn't actually get our hands on zoot suits, nor did we dress in blue. We did covers of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and kind of Blues Brothers repertoire stuff. -Hozier

I'm a country musician. I know how to play jazz, and I can play rock. But I've had to fight my entire career to get a little respect from people who don't understand where I come from. -Brad Paisley

The most ironic thing is my grandfather has his masters in music composition; he was a jazz composer. My dad was a musician, too. He played more, like, soul music. -Travis Scott

I used to sing in jazz clubs with a friend until she went another way. -Ophelia Lovibond

Jazz scares me. I've witnessed so many incredible singers and jazz musicians. Pop and soul music have always been the things that I felt like I could do. -Sam Smith

I'm an R&B and pop singer as well as a jazzer. -Al Jarreau

I did ballet, jazz, and all that, but I think hip-hop is really where I learned rhythm and groove, which has helped me in music. -Kelsea Ballerini

All New Orleans music is based off dance music, even jazz. -Trombone Shorty

As a kid, I would wake up, and there'd be a jazz funeral while I'm walking to school. And when I come home, you can find Rebirth band playing for a birthday party the same day. -Trombone Shorty

Certain jazz musicians just copy what was done 100 years ago. The music won't grow if nobody takes a risk. -Trombone Shorty

Being jazz-trained, things happen spontaneously. Even though it's funk rock, we still have the instincts of a jazz musician. -Trombone Shorty

If I have to be considered any type of jazz artist, it would be New Orleans jazz because New Orleans jazz never forgot that jazz is dance music and jazz is fun. I'm more influenced by that style of jazz than anything else. -Trombone Shorty

Someday, I hope to do a jazz club tour. -Lauren Daigle

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