The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.
More quotes by Duke Ellington
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
By and large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
More quotes about Music
I never thought Jazz was meant to be a museum piece like other dead things once considered artistic.
The true value of this music lies in an artist’s individual creativity and that unique process of expression which is Jazz.
When you’re on stage you have a very strange knowledge of what the audience is. It isn’t exactly a sound – it’s a hum, like the streets.
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.
Its part of what the blues does, to write about these things. JB Lenoir was the main one in this regard he wrote about Korea, too, in fact. Songs that reflect these current situations in his case, racial issues for the most part: in my case, what has happened to me, and I was in Korea.
Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking… The new inventive phrases we make up to describe things – all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.