I try to teach by example and not force ideas on a young musician. We’re here to be part of a process of exchange.
More quotes by Dizzy Gillespie
They’re not particular about whether you’re playing a flatted fifth or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it.
They’re not particular whether you’re playing a flat 5th or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance.
More quotes about Music
I remember going to sleep many nights with a Gibson catalog, dreaming about getting a Les Paul. I finally did, with a loan from my Dad. It’s a really heavy instrument. But it plays like butter. I met Les backstage at a show once. Jeff Beck made me play ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ for Les, which was a little embarrassing. He changed history, big-time.
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night, but differently each time.
Blues purists never cared for me. I don’t worry about it. I think if it this way: When I made Three O’ Clock Blues’, they were not there. The people out there made the tune. And blues purists just wrote about it. The people is who I’m trying to satisfy.
A Les Paul feels like a guitar and I play differently on that and I sound too much like someone else.
The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.
Check out the albums, … Check out the live performances. That’s the reality of it all. Music is such an energizing thing.