The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
More quotes by Duke Ellington
Roaming through the jungle of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’, searching for a more agreeable noise, I live a life of primitivity with the mind of a child and an unquenchable thirst for sharps and flats.
More quotes about Music
If jazz has to be termed as a wave, then music is a sea, but if the reflectors in the water is the chord.
I feel that Jazz improvisation is the ultimate. You have to create on the spot, the essence of this music.
When Jazz broke through in England, I remember sneaking to listen on the radio much to my parent’s disapproval.
Difference between sex and love? Well, you’re not always sure you’re in love. But when you’re having sex, there’s really no mistaking it.
The first time I ever had to go overseas for music was to play the Royal Festival Hall in London, singing in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and that week was insane: Thursday I rehearse with the orchestra; Friday I sing two songs in front of 2,500 people, which I have never done before; and the next day I go to Abbey Road to record with Herbie Hancock; and then I am playing a pub in south London somewhere, and nobody cares because London have lost some sporting match; and then I go home and Im standing in front of my washing machine, putting my unmentionables into the dryer, and in that instant, I just looked at myself and said This life is going to be strange.