Category: quotes

‘If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selli…

‘If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selling music, not prejudice’ — Gene Krupa, born #onthisday in 1909. 

‘Jazz is a democratic musical form’ — Pe…

‘Jazz is a democratic musical form’ — Percussionist Max Roach born #onthisday in 1925 

‘Your mind is a positive asset. Use it for pos…

‘Your mind is a positive asset. Use it for positive thoughts.’ — Clark Terry, born #onthisday in 1920.

“You know, I listen to the radio a lot a…

“You know, I listen to the radio a lot and there’s a guy that comes on and says, ‘Have a good day today and enjoy.’ I hate the word ‘enjoy.’ Because to me life is not about enjoyment or, in other words, getting for yourself. That’s not why we’re here. The reason of life, to me, is all about giving. Giving is what gives me happiness. Making somebody else happy is the greatest thing you can do.” — Sonny Rollins on Life and Legacy

“Writing is like jazz. It can be learned…

“Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can’t be taught.” — Paul Desmond, born #onthisday in 1924.

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really…

“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying” — Coleman Hawkins, born #onthisday in 1904. 

“When people believe in boundaries, they become part of…

“When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them” — Don Cherry, born #onthisday in 1936.