20th-century Musician Quotes
Can't you tell when you're with someone who's listening? She hears you, really hears you. He hears the sadness in your tone or catches your joy. Be a listener, to music, to life, to others, to God. Life is noisy, but there is music in every heartbeat. God is waiting to bring joy and peace to the confusion of our days.
In response to some favorable criticism by the French jazz critic Hugues Panassie:I don't see why we need a Frenchman to come over here and tell us how to play American music. I wouldn't think of going to France and telling him how to jump on a grape.
I'm talking about me, now, for me, life is going to start when I find myself living in a proper civilized society, with no color bar, and no race riots, and that's not the worst, but in a society, where young people stand up when they feel that some injustice is done, because they don't, people don't stand up, they will not stand up, they sit back and they say "well, this is a great pity," and that's that. But that's when life is going to start for me, when I find people standing up and do something about things they feel strongly about, these appalling things.