If in the past people would listen to music out of love for music, nowadays it roars everywhere and all the time, “regardless whether we want to hear it”, it roars from loudspeakers, in cars, in restaurants, in elevators, in the streets, in waiting rooms, in gyms, in the earpieces of Walkmans, music rewritten, reorchestrated, abridged, and stretched out, fragments of rock, of jazz, of opera, a flood of everything jumbled together so that we don’t know who composed it (music become noise is anonymous), so that we can’t tell beginning from end (music become noise has no form): sewage-water music in which music is dying.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.

Duke Ellington

People do not retire. They are retired by others.

Duke Ellington

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.

Duke Ellington

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Duke Ellington

That’s the thing about jazz: it’s free flowing, it comes from your soul.

Billy Crystal

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.

Nina Simone

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