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There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.

— Dave Brubeck


The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes", And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be "No."

— Aaron Copland

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

— Abraham Maslow

When the music changes, so does the dance.

— African proverb

A master drummer must have seven eyes.

— African proverb

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and music.

— Agnes de Mille

Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.

— Ahmad Alaadeen

New Orleans is the only place I know of where you ask a little kid what he wants to be and instead of saying "I want to be a policeman," or "I want to be a fireman," he says, I want to be a musician".

— Alan Jaffe

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

— Albert Einstein

It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception. (When asked about the theory of relativity)

— Albert Einstein

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible,is music.

— Aldous Huxley

A real leader faces the music, even if he doesn't like the tune.

— Anon

Hawk, I heard that record you made with Sonny Rollins! Don't ever do it again!

— anonymous fan to Coleman Hawkins

Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.

— Art Blakey

Jazz is... One of life's greatest gifts: fun found within surprise.

— Author Unknown

Jazz is... An open-ended music designed for open minds.

— Author Unknown

If it's too loud, you're too old!

— Barrythemod

Ahhh... cartoons America's only native art form. I don't count jazz because it sucks.

— Bart Simpson

If Charlie Parker were alive today, somebody would try to cut a disco single with and try and get him to sell three million.

— Ben Sidran

Art is self expression. If you are expressing someone else's personality, that is not art.

— Bennie Wallace

Anyone can learn what Louis Armstrong knows about music in a few weeks. Nobody could learn to play like him in a thousand years.

— Benny Green

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