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Jazz Quotes

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