Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Post 26- Jazz and the soul

Jazz is one thing you can not replace. Jazz has been our culture for more than 100 years. Even before Louis made jazz popular there were some people that did compose jazz or at least have it in there soul before Louis Armstrong. But if it hadn't been for Louis all other music genres to come wouldn't have been made. Jazz wouldn't have been so big if it hadn't been for him.Today I was having trouble deciding what to write so I was looking at all the famous people  that have died on May 30th and just on this day alone three jazz players died.Then I looked up a list of all the famous jazz musicians,composers , etc. And I found so many jazz players that it wasn't even funny. Yeah there are plenty of musicians and singers out there but, jazz was the first big thing to Americans and to African Americans in America. And now we have rap thanks to jazz. We have disco thanks to jazz. We have so many other great people like Michael Jackson and The Temptations thanks to Jazz.We have so many talented jazz musicians,singers,composers and everything else that it is awesome. So,today my quotes are going to be from famous jazz musicians and these quotes are going to come from just some of the many jazz players that have inspired and influenced me a lot such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong,Scott Joplin ,Dizzy Gillespie,Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. 

I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.-Ella Fitzgerald

If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.-Billie Holiday

I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It's time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It's time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is.-Dizzy Gillespie

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.-Louis Armstrong

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.-Duke Ellington

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