Dizzy Gillespie Quotes


I used to do a lot of apologizing for what the State Department had done.

Mutual respect is so important because as soon as it disappears in relations between you and the next person there's trouble.

Bop is at the end of the road. Now everybody wants dance music.

We loved one another man. I mean all those stories about the rift ... there was no question of a rift between Charlie Parker and me.

I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds.

I know all the Latin-American rhythms quite well but I don't play them exactly like they do in their own country - I add my personal touch.

It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.

You can't steal a gift. Bird [Charlie Parker] gave the world his music and if you can hear it you can have it.

How do I know why Miles walks off the stage? Why don't you ask him? And besides maybe we'd all like to be like Miles and just haven't got the guts.

I try to play the bare essence to let everything be just what it's supposed to be.

Nothing surpasses my performances with small bands especially with Charlie Parker. A small band doesn't forestall creativity.

Men have died for this music. You can't get more serious than that.

As a musician you have to keep one foot back in the past and have one foot forward into the future.

When I grow up I want to be just like Benny Carter!

Jazz will be the classical music of the future.

I'd like to play for you one of my compositions my only composition.

One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange.

I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange.

They're not particular whether you're playing a flat 5th or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance.

Learn to play the piano man and then you can figure out crazy solos of your own.

Kenny Burrell is the grand master of jazz guitar.

There have been two great revelations in my life: The first was bepop the second was homeopathy.

Everyone wants to put people on I think. And get away with it! That's the thing: put people on and get away with it! That's a science in itself.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your magnificent indifference.

The idea of life is to give and receive.

Miles got a mystique about him-plus he's at the top of his profession. And he's got way way way more money.

Where there's no mutual respect there's trouble!

The sign of a mature musician is knowing what not to play.

There are a lot of great players... a lot of great players around but Louie Bellson is really something special.