Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.
J J Johnson
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I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.
Spontaneously composed music is a counterpoint that has its own rules based on a natural order and intuitive logic.
Words are the children of reason and therefore can’t translate the feeling of Jazz because they’re not part of it.
Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn’t, I don’t really see a point to it.
Music was our wife and we loved her. We stayed with her, clothed her and put diamond rings on her hands.
By and large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
I still do what I love, and I dont really think about it. I try to make a beautiful show, so people go home happy. Thats my biggest aspiration: to make people happy.