The last word…

Some reflections on jazz from the people
who made it live for me:

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn”
- Charlie Parker

“If you ain’t havin’ fun you’re doin’ it wrong”
- Thomas “Fats” Waller

“Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself”
- Miles Davis

“Practice your long notes until you’re sick of being told how good you sound”
- Freddie Wilson

“Qualities in music I consider most important are beauty, simplicity, originality, discrimination and sincerity”
- Paul Desmond

I’ll leave the last word to a quote from Miles Kington, British writer and jazz bassist:

“Nobody has ever been able to define jazz satisfactorily. This is probably because anyone who was capable of doing so never really wanted to, knowing how much they would have to leave out”