He’s not a performer, he’s not a composer, he’s not even a musician, but Norman Granz is Mr. Jazz.
More quotes by Oscar Peterson
Too many jazz pianists limit themselves to a personal style, a trademark, so to speak. They confine themselves to one type of playing. I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea. I have no one style. I play as I feel.
Montreal was a very active jazz center until club owners started putting in strippers instead of music. Before long, there was nothing to hear.
I dont do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldnt care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That’s jazz.
More quotes about Music
I think we musicians are emissaries. Every time we go before the public, we’re there to make converts.
The English pianist Alan Clare was once intrigued with a workman who was carrying out some remodeling inside his house. Clare was playing some recordings, and he began to notice that the workman was whistling along with whatever music he put on – Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, it didn’t seem to matter. Even if he hadn’t heard it before, he had the natural musical ability to follow a melody closely and almost automatically. Clare decided to give him a real test and dug up his recording of Art Tatum doing Tea For Two, with the ground-breaking chord changes Tatum introduced into the tune. The workman never lost a beat nor did he lay out for a bar or two to figure out what was going on. He tracked Tatum flawlessly through all his changes, and when the record ended, he spoke for the first time. He glanced at Clare and with classic English understatement said, Tricky f**ker, ain’t he?’
There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play which is dangerously where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.
Any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.
When you hear my lyrics, you hear the shots that I throw at people. I throw shots because I always been the underdog. I got rejected so many times, and I say it in my lyrics constantly.
I’m sure critics have their purpose, and they’re supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what he did.
The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story.