Ahmad Jamal Quotes

Ahmad Jamal (born Frederick Russell Jones, July 2, 1930) is an American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator. For five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz

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Ahmad Jamal


I have looked to the Steinway piano since I was three, not only as my ideal choice of an instrument. But, as a responsive and ever reliable friend.

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Jazz Improvisation means that practice is not as straightforward as it would be when you simply have a score to play.

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Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.

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Mr. McVicker instilled self-respect in those of us who were his students, because he respected us regardless of our background,

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The quickest way to become troubled is to be concerned with what people are gonna say about your life and your work.

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You've got a big, big problem if you get caught up in what people say. If you're gonna live for what people say, you might as well lay down and forget it. Because it doesn't work that way.

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I would like to be a scholar in whatever I do, a scholar is never finished, he is always seeking and I am always seeking.

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