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February 7, 2014 | Jazz Quotes

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Wes Montgomery

We've enjoyed reading some of the quotations from famous musicians on the "A Passion for Jazz Music" resource website. Here are a few we selected:

Mose Allison - "The essentials of Jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing & instrumental personality."

Chet Atkins - "Do it again on the next verse & people think you meant it."

Irving Berlin - "Talent is only the starting point."

George Carlin - "Jazz musicians are only workers who will put in a full shift for pay & then go somewhere else & continue to work for free."

Milt Jackson - "If I'm not saying it in four choruses or less, then I'm not saying it."

J. J. Johnson - "Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window & have a good look at Jazz."

Charles Mingus - "They're singing your praises while stealing your phrases."

Wes Montgomery - "I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat."

Victor Wooten - "Never lose the groove to find a note."

Homer Simpson - "Ahhh - those Jazz guys are just makin' that stuff up!"



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Posted by Ted at February 7, 2014 2:48 PM


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