Quotes (AtoZ Challenge 2016 – Jazz Age Jazz)

Quotes (Jazz Age Jazz Series) Jazz as lived by jazzmen and blueswomen

Jazz Age Jazz - Quotes

JAZZ AGE JAZZ - Quotes about jazz #AtoZChallenge Can #jazz be explained with words? Click To Tweet

Q - Quotes (AtoZ Challenge 2016)


But playing with John [Johnny Dodds] was a hard assignment for everyone. There was no outstanding individual in the outfit, everybody had to work in harmony. With a small outfit like that [four men] we either had to work together or we wouldn’t make music

– Baby Dodds (The Baby Dodds Story)


They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.

– Ma Rainey

Louis Armstrong quote

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” ― Duke Ellington #quote #jazz Click To Tweet

george gershwin


The rhythm persisted, the unfaltering common meter of blues, but the blueness itself, the sorrow, the despair, began to give way to hope

– Rudolph Fisher


Bessie Smith quote


An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

– Langston Hughes

Bix Beiderbcke

If a man isn't faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything - C. McKay #quote Click To Tweet


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20 Comments on "Quotes (AtoZ Challenge 2016 – Jazz Age Jazz)"

  1. Maybe i missed my calling, Dearie 😀
    I’ve been improvising for so long now, I’ve forgotten the name of the tune!

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit

  2. When it comes to writing I’m a panster, when it comes to life I’m a planner – so I have a dichotomy in my psyche 🙂 I like to know what’s coming next. I love the quote from Bessie Smith – I wish everyone looked at life like that.
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  3. I love this: “You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.” It sums up the meaning of Jazz… 🙂
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  4. I don’t know if Jazz can be fully explained with words, but you’re doing a very good job of giving us a feel for it.
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  5. These are great! So inspirational!
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  6. Very clever spin on Q – sharing with some jazz folks I think will enjoy.

  7. I love that quote from Gershwin–so perfect.

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  8. Was going to choose my favourite but then I realised they all were great, and applicable to whatever mood you were in. Brilliant selection, including the music by Bix.
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  9. Duke Ellington’s quote is my favorite of all those on your list. As well as to jazz, it applies to all of life.

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  10. Bix and George’s quotes were my favorites. This month of Jazz has been so amazing and life affirming in learning.
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