It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
—Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) American Dancer, Choreographer
Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
—B. B. King (1925–2015) American Blues Singer, Guitarist