The jazz quotes here are no less jovial than the music itself. Read the article to explore the famous jazz quotations & sayings.

Jazz Quotes

With its unique expression, powerful music, and cultural passion, jazz is the greatest gift of America to the entire world. It signifies the Afro-American culture of musical expression. It is believed to have originated as a blend of all musical traditions in the port city of New Orleans, which is considered to be a hub of entertainment. Although there are various components of jazz including ragtimes, New Orleans Jazz, Swing, and Bop, Blues is considered as the heart of jazz. Away from the boundaries, race, and religious backgrounds, jazz music has been whole-heartedly welcomed by people from around the world.

Jazz is believed to be developed from slave songs, brass bands, sorrow songs and spirituals whose harmony and rhythm were mostly African. The most salient feature of this form of music is improvisation. It compels the jazz musicians to be creative and invent on the spot in order to express themselves. Even if you aren’t much of a jazz freak, you will be mesmerized by the skills and the tunes of jazz music. Explore the core of this most popular music by going through some of the noted jazz quotes.

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

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

- Louis Armstrong

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

- Louis Armstrong

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

- Miles Davis

I hate Stanley Clark, but I have to admit he's playing Jazz whether I like it or not.

- Lester Bangs

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

- George Foreman

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

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

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.

- Louis Armstrong

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