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Book’s Quotable Jazz

Jazz has always been filled with characters, the sorts of people who will speak their minds through their instruments as well as their mouths. Marshall Bowden’s new book, Quotable Jazz (Sound and Vision), collects some of the more memorable utterances from musicians’ pie-holes.

Organized by topics such as “Drinking: Straight, No Chaser,” “Insults & Feuds” and “What Is Jazz?” the books offers quick hits of wit and wisdom from throughout jazz history. Here are some nuggets to whet your whistles:

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