Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and
sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.
— Wynton Marsalis
Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a
communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.
— Max Roach
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of
— Francoise Sagan
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
— Ralph Ellison
It's not easy to play in a framework that requires simplicity and to tastefully find ways to
interject the kind of freedom that we have in playing jazz.
— Herbie Hancock
The genius of our country is
improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts.
— Ken Burns
Jazz music by its very nature is just a
conglomerate of a lot of different kinds of music.
— David Sanborn
Some people try to get very philosophical and
cerebral about what they're trying to say with jazz. You don't need any prologues, you just play.
— Oscar Peterson
The beauty of jazz is that it's
malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
— Pat Matheny
The history of jazz lets us know that this period in our history is not the only period we've come through together. If we truly understood the history of our national arts, we'd know that we have mutual
aspirations, a shared history, in good times and bad.
— Wynton Marsalis
I only hope that one day, America will recognize what the rest of the world already has known, that our
indigenous music - gospel, blues, jazz and R&B - is the heart and soul of all popular music; and that we cannot afford to let this legacy slip into obscurity, I'm telling you.
— Quincy Jones