Jazz Quotes:- Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is seen by many as “America’s classical music”. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression.

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jazz quotes, jazz sayings, and jazz proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


List Of Famous Motivational Jazz Quotes And Sayings


Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it & you’ll understand.

-Ella Fitzgerald




Jazz stands for freedom.

-Dave Brubeck




Without jazz, life would be a mistake.

-Boris Vian




If a Jazz musician plays someone else’s song, he has a responsibility to make a distinct & original statement.

-Todd Boyd




Jazz is the false liquidation of art, instead of utopia becoming reality it disappears from the picture.

-Theodor W. Adorno




Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

-Frank Zappa




A Jazz man should be saying what he feels: humor, sadness, joy all the things that humans have.

-Bob Brookmeyer




Jazz is about being in the moment.

-Herbie Hancock




Jazz is the big brother of Revolution. Revolution follows it around.

-Miles Davis




If jazz has to be termed as a wave, then music is a sea, but if the reflectors in the water is the chord.

-Thelonious Monk


Famous Inspirational Jazz Quotes And Sayings


Jazz is a beautiful woman whose older brother is a policeman.

-Sid Caesar




It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

-Herbie Hancock




Jazz is something you have to feel, something you have to live.

-Ray Brown




I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever.

-Steve Lacy




Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.

-Nina Simone




It bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling.

-Bill Evans



Jazz is one of the best things that you can find in your life, it can always be your friend.

-George Gershwin



If a jazz player is really playing, the classical player will have to respect him.

-Wes Montgomery





The essentials of Jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing & instrumental personality.

-Mose Allison




Jazz is the sound of surprise.

-Whitney Balliett




It’s the group sound that’s important, even when you’re playing a solo. You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That’s jazz.

-Oscar Peterson



Famous Motivational Jazz Quotes And Sayings



Jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy & a look into our redemptive future possibilities.

-Ken Burns





That’s the thing about jazz: it’s free flowing, it comes from your soul.

-Billy Crystal




By & large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.

-Duke Ellington




One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.

-Lou Reed




Jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.

-Cab Calloway




Jazz music doesn’t have an expiration date.





Jazz was born out of the whiskey bottle, was raised on marijuana, and will expire on cocaine.

-Artie Shaw




Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.

-Yogi Berra




Jazz is the assassination, the murdering, the slaying of syncopation. I would even go so far as to confess that we are musical anarchists.

-Nick La Rocca