“Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.”
"I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important."
“Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.”
“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking… . the new inventive phrases we make up to describe things — all that to me is jazz just as much as the music we play.”
”There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”
“I’m a real rebel with a cause.”
Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, pianist & civil rights activist Eunice Kathleen Waymon , also known by her stage name Nina Simone (February 21, 1933)