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)
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” ― Duke Ellington #quote #jazz Click To Tweet
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
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
If a man isn't faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything - C. McKay #quote Click To Tweet
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