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"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Thelonious Monk

"Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time." - Ornette Coleman

"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." - Charlie Parker

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." - Charles Mingus

"Imitate, assimilate and innovate." - Clark Terry

"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play." - Dizzy Gillespie

"When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them." - Don Cherry

"Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion." - Duke Ellington

"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

"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself." - Miles Davis

"...it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It's not. It's feeling." - Bill Evans

"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." - Art Blakey

"We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself." - Louis Armstrong

"It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald

"You may have holes in your shoes, but don't let the people out front know it. Shine the tops." - Earl Hines

"Life on the road is murder. It's as though life begins and ends when you have your horn in your mouth." - Gerry Mullligan

"I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know." - Billie Holliday

"Count Basie was college, but Duke Ellington was graduate school." - Clark Terry

"I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once." - John Coltrane

"I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini." - Paul Desmond

"Monk encouraged me to emancipate the drums from their subservient role as timekeepers." - Max Roach

"If they act too hip, you know they can't play shit." - Miles Davis

"A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas." - Stan Getz

"Man, if you have to ask what it (jazz) is, you'll never know." - Louis Armstrong

"Men have died for this music. You can't get more serious than that." - Dizzy Gillespie