Wednesday, 6 May 2020

"Just the process of playing jazz is immensely rewarding. There's no such thing as sitting staring at a blank piece of paper. The time comes to play, and you make noise, of some sort or another. I don't know whether you can do that in writing." #QotD


"Just the process of playing [live] jazz is immensely rewarding. It's more transitory than other things, which is good in some ways, bad in others. Obviously, because if you play a lousy chorus, it's gone forever. Of course, if you write a lousy page you rip it out of the typewriter. That follows too. But there's no such thing as sitting staring at a blank piece of paper. The time comes to play, and you make noise, of some sort or another. I don't know whether you can do that in writing."
~ saxophonist Paul Desmond, from his interview at 'Jazz Profiles'
PS: For those of you saying "Paul who?" ...


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[Hat tip Paul L.]
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