„When jazz is played in another nation, it is called American. When it is played in another country, it sounds false. Jazz is the result of the energy stored up in America.“

—  George Gershwin, Page 387
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George Gershwin
1898 - 1937

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„When I was a little kid I thought I would grow up to be black and sing jazz in nightclubs.“

—  Molly Ringwald American actress, singer, dancer, and author 1968
As quoted in Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001) by Bill Adler, p. 47

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„Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells.“

—  Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979
Context: Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells. Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees. A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra run around the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments. Quoted in "What'd I Say?" : The Atlantic Story : 50 Years of Music (2001) by Ahmet M. Ertegun; also partially quoted in What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians As Artists, Critics, and Activists (2002) by Eric C. Porter, p. 118, and Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz And the Making of the Sixties (2005) by Scott Saul, p. 154

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„Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.“

—  Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994
"The Essential Ellison", interview by Ishmael Reed in Y'Bird 1, no. 1 (1978): 130-59.

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„Hannibal is on the jazz.“

—  Mr. T American actor and retired professional wrestler 1952

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„Jazz is the false liquidation of art — instead of utopia becoming reality it disappears from the picture.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society 1903 - 1969
Perennial fashion — Jazz, as quoted in The Sociology of Rock (1978) by Simon Frith

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