Category Archives: jazz

Jazz Quotations 6

The new underground required a new linguistics. To “broom” meant to travel by air; the hipster figure of speech referred to the witch’s favored conveyance. Money was gold. Eyes meant willingness or enthusiasm. A pad was a bed, therefore someone’s … Continue reading

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Jazz Quotations 5

It’s singing with soul that counts. Billie has so much soul. When I sing a tune, the lyrics are important to me. Most of the standard lyrics I know well. And as soon as I hear an arrangement, I get … Continue reading

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Granite Mix 10

The last Granite Mix had a track by Bill Evans in it (not to mention earlier appearances in the geological section) and now I’ve decided to dedicate a whole mix to the man, just to show how much I love … Continue reading

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When I Was 4

Here’s the next year of the Rock And Roll Years series. I better confess now that I don’t have all of these. In fact I’m missing some of the ones that I would most like to have in particular those … Continue reading

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jazz quotations 4

more in my series of quotations connected to jazz. these ones are not actually from downbeat. So here you’ve got a case where I was playing with Fletcher Henderson, and Fletcher Henderson’s fellows always said to me, “You play those … Continue reading

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Jazz Quotations 3

This is the 3rd in my series of jazz quotations drawn from the Downbeat archive. My choices are commentaries and also reflect my own life and concerns. Please do not misunderstand me. I do not claim any of the creation … Continue reading

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Jazz Quotations 2

some more snippets from the downbeat archive Like a woman at Birdland once asked me why I played so low, so much in the middle register, and not on the top keys. Well, I play where I want to. I … Continue reading

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Monk Biography

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Quotations 3

Jazz Quotations Here are some quotations gleaned from the Down Beat magazine archives which make some interesting points. Be-bop wasn’t developed in any deliberate way. For my part, I’ll say it was just the style of music I happened to … Continue reading

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