Top 30 Jazz Music Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Jazz Music Quotes from famous people such as Maynard Ferguson, Esperanza Spalding, Eric San, Andra Day, Laura Mvula, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful

Change is always happening. That’s one of the wonderful things about jazz music.
Maynard Ferguson
If you don’t already know about jazz music, how would you be exposed? How would get an opportunity to find out if it spoke to you? If you get exposed to it enough, you might find a taste for it.
Esperanza Spalding
If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they’re based in the U.K. I’m a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to.
Eric San
I was always inundated with music, whether it be my mother’s favorites like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King and the Carpenters, or my dad’s jazz music.
Andra Day
I really love jazz, but I will never be a jazz musician as much as I dream. But, I think that the jazz music I love is there in my music.
Laura Mvula
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
Francoise Sagan
Jazz music, as is also the case with the old down-home spirituals, gospel and jubilee songs, jumps, shouts and moans, is essentially an American vernacular or idiomatic modification of musical conventions imported from Europe, beginning back during the time of the early settlers of the original colonies.
Albert Murray
Early on I was more interested in gypsy jazz music until rock and roll came around and I listened to a lot of Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and skiffle singer Lonnie Donegan.
Denny Laine
I find Indian music very funky. I mean it’s very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it’s the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.
John McLaughlin
I have learned a lot from jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad’s quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free.
Nat Wolff
Kansas City, I would say, did more for jazz music, black music, than any other influence at all. Almost all their joints that they had there, they used black bands. Most musicians who amounted to anything, they would flock to Kansas City because that’s the place where jobs were plentiful.
Jesse Stone
If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music.
Ginger Baker
When you are busy with all the live shows and bands, world music and jazz music, it takes time to come back and do a pop album. It needs its own length of time.
Shankar Mahadevan
Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions.
Henry Rollins
I want a church service with New Orleans funeral jazz music. I’d like people to say a few words about me and I may have my ashes scattered in the sea.
Paul Young
Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.
Jan Hammer
When I worked with my uncle, I loved the fact that jazz music demanded that you use your own unique approach.
Dianne Reeves
I discovered flamenco when I was 14, before I even got involved with jazz music. I was so crazy about flamenco music. I wanted to be a flamenco guitar player.
John McLaughlin
It is jazz music that called me to be a musician and I have always sang the songs that moved me the most. Singers, like Frank Sinatra and myself, we interpret the songs that we like. Not unlike a Shakespearean actor that goes back to the greatest words ever written, we go back to the greatest songs.
Harry Connick, Jr.
I’d love to see a Nirvana biopic. I loved them when I was younger. I really like jazz music, so I’d like to see a Billie Holiday biopic – she was a fascinating woman.
Antonia Thomas
This is one of the major purposes of soul and jazz music; to state what you feel.
Gregory Porter
Listening to the stories told in jazz music and how those artists expressed their truths about the times and what they were dealing with is what struck me the most.
Andra Day
When I read the script and saw the jazz music setting, and when I read the name of the filmmaker was Damien Chazelle, I immediately got this mental image of Antoine Fuqua.
J. K. Simmons
Jazz music creates so many phenomenal figures.
Wynton Marsalis
I like to say, jazz music is kind of like my musical equivalent of comfort food. You know, it’s always where I go back to when I just want to feel sort of grounded.
Molly Ringwald
Yeah, I grew up playing lots of jazz music in school.
Danny Carey
And more than anything, I like the improvisation of jazz. That’s the same thing with DJ-ing. There’s so much improvisation you can do with cuttin’ and scratchin’ that’s reminiscent of jazz music, because it’s all about how you feel. You’re capturing a vibe and just going with it.
DJ Jazzy Jeff
I have always been a person who is concerned with the dignity of jazz music and the way jazz musicians have been treated and are treated, and the fact that the music has not been given the kind of due that it deserves.
Sonny Rollins
I wanted to keep pushing the musical ideas I had about jazz, music from Africa and the Caribbean.
Taj Mahal
Playing the sax and then enjoying jazz music, man – it’s like I learned how to find words inside of the beat.