"Jazz" Sayings and Quotes
I'm the first one out on the dance floor. In college I had to take jazz, ballet and tap dancing, but, before that, it was just social.
Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that.
I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century.
I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.
It's something that jazz has gotten away from, and it's unfortunate. Players aren't physical anymore.
The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it.
I was three or four, and my mother would have a Bing Crosby record playing through the house. It was my introduction to jazz, harmonies, melodies, musicianship, and emotion.
And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
As time passed on, got to hear some players who were straight up funky, not just jazz. Nat Adderley, for instance - he's a funky trumpet player, so he was my man.