Montreal was a very active jazz center until club owners started putting in strippers instead of music. Before long, there was nothing to hear.
More quotes by Oscar Peterson
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.
Some players get very philosophical and cerebral about Jazz. You don’t need any prologues, you just play.
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.
I dont do something because I think it will sell 30 million albums. I couldnt care less. If it sells one, it sells one.
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Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.
Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise. It’s easy to rediscover part of yourself, but through art you can be shown part of yourself you never knew existed. That’s the real mission of art. The artist has to find something within himself that’s universal and which he can put into terms that are communicable to other people. The magic of it is that art can communicate to a person without his realizing it.