” I have that huge print from Pollock by the piano because the influence is reciprocal. He was into hearing music while he created, and I sometimes do the opposite. I’m influenced by everything from an ant to a dream. “


” Usually, when I see films that don’t have any score attached to them, I think they’re beautiful. I love just the naked sound of the voice. That’s already music. “


” Jazz musicians don’t make any money, so I might as well make some on the market. I pick my own stocks – Microsoft, Dell – the tech stocks, the breadwinners. “


” My killer crossover project would be to combine Bjork and Grace Jones with the West Coast rappers and create this massive music. That’s, like, one of my dreams. “


” I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I thought classical music was corny. “


” From being a teacher and educator, I see the state of the music through the eyes of an 18-year-old coming on to the scene, and we want to make sure it stays intact. With my generation, it’s our duty to do that. “


” I kind of want to get the music back on a road it hasn’t been on for a while. I want to promote the arts as part of the American diet. “


” I see how people look at me, all around the world. They see something because of the race I belong to. I have to understand that and put it into my music. “


” I grew up with KTSU, and that station gave me so much info about the pantheon of black sounds: reggae, gospel, blues, soul, hip hop, and mostly they played jazz. That was a major part of how I understood music. “


” The great jazz radio stations have a duty to continue evolving their format just as audiences ask the musicians to evolve. How do you do that with a form of music that has 100 years of recorded history? How do you also keep it contemporary so you don’t isolate your listeners? These are major questions. “


” America used to be proud of abstraction, and we have fallen away from it. The future depends on people trying to promote that abstract thinking. Not just in relation to music and jazz and the arts, but the economy, social strife, tension between people. “


” Music, many times, around the world, serves to help us understand other people without having to talk. “


” Tons of musicians who I love are imprisoned by their identity. That can be totally fine because they are so amazing in their technique, but for me, I’m a little too restless for that. “



All 13 Jason Moran Quotes about Music in picture


I have that huge print from Pollock by the piano because the influence is reciprocal. He was into hearing music while he created, and I sometimes do the opposite. I
Usually, when I see films that don


Jazz musicians don
My killer crossover project would be to combine Bjork and Grace Jones with the West Coast rappers and create this massive music. That
I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought,
From being a teacher and educator, I see the state of the music through the eyes of an 18-year-old coming on to the scene, and we want to make sure it stays intact. With my generation, it
I kind of want to get the music back on a road it hasn
I see how people look at me, all around the world. They see something because of the race I belong to. I have to understand that and put it into my music.
I grew up with KTSU, and that station gave me so much info about the pantheon of black sounds: reggae, gospel, blues, soul, hip hop, and mostly they played jazz. That was a major part of how I understood music.
The great jazz radio stations have a duty to continue evolving their format just as audiences ask the musicians to evolve. How do you do that with a form of music that has 100 years of recorded history? How do you also keep it contemporary so you don
America used to be proud of abstraction, and we have fallen away from it. The future depends on people trying to promote that abstract thinking. Not just in relation to music and jazz and the arts, but the economy, social strife, tension between people.
Music, many times, around the world, serves to help us understand other people without having to talk.
Tons of musicians who I love are imprisoned by their identity. That can be totally fine because they are so amazing in their technique, but for me, I
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