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.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line.
More quotes about Music
The way a band works is a metaphor for all sorts of collaborative and larger enterprises that people do.
Music always turns into music. As soon as I play a key, push a key down, there’s no theory any more. When I go and I hear a sound on the keyboard, all theories go out the window.
Talk of God is most often in church. Is there a God outside of church? I hope so. But how should I know? How does anybody know?
I cant understand these guys who just have to have your autograph. I asked one of them What do you do when you get home, take it out and look at it?
She’s Dynamite’ was a 100 years ago, and I recorded that song because the company thought that it was a great song and it was hot. That was the beginning of rock n’ roll, and I guess they thought it would be a BB King version of rock n’ roll.
Even if you have some brilliant jazz ideas, it’s going to be difficult to get them across unless you have 1-a distinctive sound or 2- a loud sound. These are musts.