African American Quotations

By Richard Newman | Go to book overview
Save to active project

JAZZ
1241. Man if you gotta ask, you'll never know.

Louis Armstrong, 1901-1971 Jazz musician

1242. We all do "do, re, mi," but you have to find the other notes yourself.

Louis Armstrong, 1901-1971 Jazz musician

1243. The European musical scale cannot transcribe--cannot write down, does not understand of notes or the price of [jazz].

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1244. Jazz came into existence as an exceedingly laconic description of black circumstances: and as a way, by describing these circumstances, of overcoming them.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1245. The music called jazz began ... not only to redeem a history unwritten and despised, but to checkmate the European notion of the world. James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist
1246. You could remove the white elements--the French quadrilles, the Mexican military rhythms, the Italian melodies--and the music would still recognizably be jazz. But if you removed the black elements--the emphasis on improvisation, the polyphony, the complex rhythms, not to mention the all-important attitude that music was part of daily life--the remainder would not be jazz.

Laurence Bergreen Writer

-197-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
African American Quotations
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 506

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?