It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
Author: Isadora Duncan (1878-1927)
Profession: American Dancer
What kills me is that everybody thinks I like jazz.
Author: Samuel L. Jackson (1948)
Profession: American Actor
The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.
Author: Imamu Amiri Baraka Jones
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.
Author: B. B. King (1925)
Profession: American Blues Singer, Guitarist
There's more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.
Author: Pat Metheny
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
Author: Francoise Sagan (1935)
Profession: French Novelist, Playwright
Something was still there, that something that distinguishes an artist from a performer: the revealing of self. Here I be. Not for long, but here I be. In sensing her mortality, we sensed our own.
Author: Studs Terkel (1912)
Profession: American Interviewer, Actor and Writer