10 quotations by jazz masters

No particular music makes me feel nostalgic. If it’s great, it just keeps me in the present moment. That level of music is like a classic story, like the Iliad–something so perfect it can never be old. ~ Wynton Marsalis

You can study orchestration, you can study harmony and theory and everything else, but melodies come straight from God. ~ Quincy Jones

We all do “do, re, mi,” but you have to find the other notes yourself. ~ Louis Armstrong

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art. ~ Charlie Parker

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains. ~ Paul Whiteman

Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is. ~ Miles Davis

Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one. ~ Duke Ellington

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. ~ Herbie Hancock

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges. ~ Benny Green

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.  If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. ~ Charlie Parker


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