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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.

Tags: Husband, Music  ✍ Author: Cecelia Ahern

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

Tags: Individual, Voice  ✍ Author: Colin Baker

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

Tags: Music, Playing  ✍ Author: Ginger Baker

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.

Tags: Living, Singer  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

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

Tags: Involved, Music  ✍ Author: John Eaton

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.

Tags: Rock, Started  ✍ Author: The Edge

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

Tags: Daughter, Large  ✍ Author: Duke Ellington

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.

Tags: Difference, Rock  ✍ Author: Georgie Fame

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

Tags: Ballet  ✍ Author: Elle Fanning

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

Tags: Music, Rap  ✍ Author: Jasper Fforde

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.

Tags: Put, Rock  ✍ Author: Lupe Fiasco

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.

Tags: Big, Deal  ✍ Author: Kenny G

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

Tags: Else, Moving  ✍ Author: Jan Garbarek

Jazz, for me, is a closed circuit, like the term baroque in the world of classical music.

Tags: Classical, Music  ✍ Author: Jan Garbarek

The only element of jazz that I keep is improvisation.

Tags: Element, Keep  ✍ Author: Jan Garbarek

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

Tags: Away, Involved  ✍ Author: Jan Garbarek

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

Tags: Her, Simple  ✍ Author: Merle Haggard

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

Tags: Emphasized  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.

Tags: Openness, Spirit  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

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

Tags: Spirit, Whole  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

I think I was supposed to play jazz.

Tags: Supposed  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

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

Tags: Express, Pulled  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.

Tags: Lent, Music  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

Jazz is about being in the moment.

Tags: Moment  ✍ Author: Herbie Hancock

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

Tags: Era, Holiday  ✍ Author: Bob Iger
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Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.

Tags: Gospel, Music  ✍ Author: Mahalia Jackson

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

Tags: Playing, Real  ✍ Author: Mahalia Jackson

Jazz vision is a wordless conversation between musical notes and visual expressions.

Tags: Between, Vision  ✍ Author: Barbara Januszkiewicz

Jazz is the art of thinking out loud.

Tags: Art, Thinking  ✍ Author: Barbara Januszkiewicz

Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities.

Tags: Canvas, Full  ✍ Author: Barbara Januszkiewicz

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

Tags: Actually, Consider  ✍ Author: Joseph Jarman

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

Tags: Player, Time  ✍ Author: Keith Jarrett

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.

Tags: Music, Vibe  ✍ Author: Young Jeezy

Jazz is people's music, a collectivity.

Tags: Music  ✍ Author: Steve Lacy

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

Tags: Heart, Risk  ✍ Author: Steve Lacy

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

Tags: Actually, Cartooning  ✍ Author: Gary Larson

Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.

Tags: Force, Music  ✍ Author: Yo-Yo Ma

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

Tags: Listen, Radio  ✍ Author: Patti Page

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician.

Tags: Great, View  ✍ Author: Michael Parkinson

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

Tags: Rock, Stupid  ✍ Author: Dolly Parton

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

Tags: Rock, Roll  ✍ Author: Suzi Quatro

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.

Tags: After, Blues  ✍ Author: Robert Quine

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

Tags: Enjoy, Good  ✍ Author: Ted Rall

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

Tags: Blues, Liked  ✍ Author: Johnny Ramone

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

Tags: Feeling, Music  ✍ Author: Francoise Sagan

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

Tags: Question, Writing  ✍ Author: Francoise Sagan

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

Tags: Guess, Phrase  ✍ Author: David Sanborn

I'm a great jazz fan.

Tags: Fan, Great  ✍ Author: Vidal Sassoon

If I'm going to be a jazz player, I need to understand Miles Davis.

Tags: Player, Understand  ✍ Author: Ice T

Jazz was my first love.

Tags: Love  ✍ Author: Frankie Valli

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.

Tags: Treat, Try  ✍ Author: Rufus Wainwright

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

Tags: Music, Rock  ✍ Author: Neil Young

I'm not a big jazz fan.

Tags: Big, Fan  ✍ Author: Warren Zevon

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

Tags: Blues, Players  ✍ Author: Mose Allison

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

Tags: Concerned, Far  ✍ Author: Mose Allison

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

Tags: King, Players  ✍ Author: Mose Allison

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

Tags: Time, York  ✍ Author: Mose Allison

I like to listen to classical music... I like mainline jazz.

Tags: Listen, Music  ✍ Author: Herb Alpert

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

Tags: Editing, Talks  ✍ Author: David Antin

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

Tags: Ask  ✍ Author: Louis Armstrong

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

Tags: Gone, Memory  ✍ Author: Louis Armstrong

I do find modern jazz quite tricky.

Tags: Modern, Quite  ✍ Author: Jane Asher

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy, extroverted music. You don't have to think about it too much.

Tags: Happy, Music  ✍ Author: Chris Barber

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

Tags: Love, Rock  ✍ Author: Ashley Benson

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

Tags: Fantastic, Player  ✍ Author: Karen Black

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.

Tags: Lie, Year  ✍ Author: Lester Bowie

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

Tags: Guy  ✍ Author: Creed Bratton

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

Tags: Involved, Knew  ✍ Author: Dave Brubeck

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

Tags: Center, Nature  ✍ Author: Ken Burns

A jazz beat is a dynamic changing rhythm.

Tags: Beat, Changing  ✍ Author: Ken Burns

Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.

Tags: America, Century  ✍ Author: Ken Burns

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

Tags: Enough, Whole  ✍ Author: Gary Cherone

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.

Tags: Blues, Growing  ✍ Author: Alex Clare

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

Tags: Clubs, Country  ✍ Author: Cy Coleman

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

Tags: Classical, Took  ✍ Author: Jerry Coleman

It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most.

Tags: Music, Songs  ✍ Author: Harry Connick, Jr.

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

Tags: Recorded  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Pedigree, Radio  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Standards, Wanted  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

I've always loved jazz.

Tags: Loved  ✍ Author: 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.

Tags: Journey, Wanted  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Seems, Sense  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Beginning, Singer  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Month, Women  ✍ Author: 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.

Tags: Friendly, Radio  ✍ Author: Rita Coolidge

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

Tags: Free, Soul  ✍ Author: Billy Crystal

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

Tags: Movies, Writers  ✍ Author: Don DeLillo

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

Tags: Music, Wanted  ✍ Author: Rick Derringer

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

Tags: Learned, Writing  ✍ Author: Paul Desmond

Painting, I think it's like jazz.

Tags: Painting  ✍ Author: 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.

Tags: Actually, Free  ✍ Author: Brian Eno

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

Tags: Chicago, White  ✍ Author: Thomas Erskine

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

Tags: Greatest, Lived  ✍ Author: Kevin Eubanks

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

Tags: Love, Musician  ✍ Author: Flea

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.

Tags: Music, Roots  ✍ Author: Bela Fleck

I'm reserved, so I've always needed to find a way of opening up. Jazz helped me do that.

Tags: Helped, Needed  ✍ Author: Renee Fleming

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

Tags: Heart, Playing  ✍ Author: Robert Fripp

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: George Gershwin

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

Tags: Camera, Death  ✍ Author: Stan Getz

Jazz, of course, is our heritage. Jazz is a culture, it's not a fad. It's up to us to see to it that it stays alive.

Tags: Alive, Culture  ✍ Author: Marla Gibbs
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