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Wynton Marsalis Quotes

My daddy expected that my brothers and I and our generation would make the world a better place. He had lived in an America of continual social progress.
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I believe in professionalism, but playing is not like a job. You have to be grateful to have the opportunity to play.

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It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another.

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Jazz comes from our way of life, and because it's our national art form, it helps us to understand who we are.

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Jazz is not the kind of music you are going to learn to play in three or four years or that you can just get because you have some talent for music.

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When people dress well, they play well.

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My daddy expected that my brothers and I and our generation would make the world a better place. He had lived in an America of continual social progress.

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I didn't have a philosophical understanding of music until I came to New York. I didn't understand how it applied to my kind and my generation. I thought it was just old people talking.

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I'm not afraid of you being yourself. That's America.

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Louis Armstrong is jazz. He represents what the music is all about.

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When I came to New York, to Brooklyn, I met Alvin Ailey and Stanley Crouch and August Wilson. They were always putting things in a philosophical context. All the great jazz musicians did, too. There was always a sub-context to what they were saying about music even though they would be very down home and earthy. So I started to develop, in addition to my power and ability to simply hear, a way to place myself in a time.

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Certain music, jazz in particular, has the ability to make you a better citizen of the world. It helps you expand your world view and gives you more confidence in your cultural achievements. Improvisational jazz teaches you about yourself while the swing in jazz teaches you how to work with others

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Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It's conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires.

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When it comes to songs and music, yeah, people love to sing and dance and play music and tunes, and that stream of consciousness that exists in music, nobody knows where that comes from.

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No particular music makes me feel nostalgic. If it's great, it just keeps me in the present moment. That level of music is like a classic story, like the Iliad-something so perfect it can never be old.

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But you listen to Coltrane and that's something human, something that's about elevation. It's like making love to a woman. It's about something of value, it's not just loud. It doesn't have that violent connotation to it. I wanted to be a jazz musician so bad, but I really couldn't. There was no way I could figure out to learn how to play.

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Don't bullshit' just play.

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We need more math classes, we need more science. It's the art of math and the art of science that creates all the innovation, and we have a tradition of great arts, great music.

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