- If you still have to ask…shame on you.
when asked what jazz is; sometimes quoted as, ‘Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know’
Salute to Satchmo (1970) 1901–71 American singer and jazz musician: Max Jones et al.
- Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
Music in a New Found Land (1964) 1930–2015 American jazz musician: W. H. Mellers
- Playing ‘Bop’ is like scrabble with all the vowels missing.
Look 10 August 1954 1899–1974 American jazz pianist, composer, and band-leader: in
- A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
The Reluctant Art (1962) 1927–98 English jazz musician and writer:
- If you're in jazz and more than ten people like you, you're labelled commercial.
Serious Music and All That Jazz! (1969) 1930–2003 American jazz musician: Henry Pleasants
- It don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing.
Ellington) 1894–1985 American singer and music publisher: ‘It Don't Mean a Thing’ (1932 song; music by Duke
- Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.
Mister Jelly Roll (1950) 1885–1941 American jazz musician:
- What a terrible revenge by the culture of the Negroes on that of the whites! 1860–1941 Polish pianist, composer, and statesman: attributed
- Jazz will endure, just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. 1854–1932 American composer and conductor: attributed