If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selling music, not prejudice.
More quotes by Benny Goodman
One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn’t keep on, you’ll find ’em. The obstacles are all there; there are a million of ’em.
To this day, I don’t like people walking on stage not looking good. You have to look good. If you feel special about yourself then you’re going to play special.
Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it’s in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance.
After you’ve done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.
More quotes about Music
The extreme dynamic and percussive possibilities of an acoustic guitar amplified through a bridge pickup have, over many years of performing, informed not only the way I play, but the way I write and sing too. My guitar taught me to sing in textures, from the roundest lingering harmonic to the sharpest snap of a pulled string. Being a percussion instrument as well as a melodic instrument, my guitar also teaches me about the relationship between rhythm and melody. Portable. Did I mention it also taught me about being portable?
[on Django Reinhardt] By far the most astonishing guitar player ever Django was quite superhuman, there’s nothing normal about him as a person or a player
Excessive reverence for the romantic illusion of original thought is the most fraudulent and destructive element in Jazz education.
I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.
The only award I’ve ever worked for or wanted really were the ones that were given to me by the fans. So, whether it’s a platinum record or hit songs, those are the ones that last the most.
The expression of freedom that is Jazz improvisation mirrors the ethos of the best parts of society.
The audience, they’re not professionals. They just love music. It isn’t necessary to play over their heads to be admired.
You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you.