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date: 19 February 2020


  1. 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’
    Louis Armstrong 1901–71 American singer and jazz musician: Max Jones et al. Salute to Satchmo (1970)
  2. Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
    Ornette Coleman 1930–2015 American jazz musician: W. H. Mellers Music in a New Found Land (1964)
  3. Playing ‘Bop’ is like scrabble with all the vowels missing.
    Duke Ellington 1899–1974 American jazz pianist, composer, and band-leader: in Look 10 August 1954
  4. A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
    Benny Green 1927–98 English jazz musician and writer: The Reluctant Art (1962)
  5. If you're in jazz and more than ten people like you, you're labelled commercial.
    Herbie Mann 1930–2003 American jazz musician: Henry Pleasants Serious Music and All That Jazz! (1969)
  6. It don't mean a thing
    If it ain't got that swing.
    Irving Mills 1894–1985 American singer and music publisher: ‘It Don't Mean a Thing’ (1932 song; music by Duke Ellington)
  7. Jazz music is to be played sweet, soft, plenty rhythm.
    Jelly Roll Morton 1885–1941 American jazz musician: Mister Jelly Roll (1950)
  8. What a terrible revenge by the culture of the Negroes on that of the whites!
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1860–1941 Polish pianist, composer, and statesman: attributed
  9. Jazz will endure, just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
    John Philip Sousa 1854–1932 American composer and conductor: attributed