I don’t believe that a lot of the things I hear on the air today are going to be played for as long a time as Coleman Hawkins records or Brahms concertos.
More quotes by Oscar Peterson
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.
I dont do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldnt care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
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.
The music field was the first to break down racial barriers, because in order to play together, you have to love the people you are playing with, and if you have any racial inhibitions, you wouldn’t be able to do that.
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While many forms of music may use the dynamic of improvisation, Jazz exemplifies the unique characteristic of collective improvisation.
I started to like blues, I guess, when I was about 6 or 7 years old. There was something about it, because nobody else played that kind of music.
I never heard of a Jazz musician who retired. You love what you do, so what are you going to do… play for the walls?
Jazz musician is a combination entertainer, poet, singer, educator, student, artist, seducer and all-round good fellow.
Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn’t have a choice.
When you make a sound, it carries on to infinity. Sound is a vibration. Vibration is energy. All of that survives in space long after were dead. When I walk on stage at the Wiener Staatsoper, I can feel the footsteps of Chopin and Rachmaninov.