Ornette Coleman Quotes & Sayings

33 most famous Ornette Coleman quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an American musician who passed away on 11 June, 2015.

“I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient.”
Ornette Coleman Quotes
“You don't have to worry about being a number one, number two, or number three. Numbers don't have anything to do with placement. Numbers only have something to do with repetition.”
Ornette Coleman Quotes
“It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.”
“Actually, when I was in elementary school, I saw a saxophone. A band came to my school, and I saw this guy get up and play this solo. And I said, 'Oh man, what is that! That must be fantastic!'”
“I had a really good time in New Orleans, although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge. Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away. 'Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles.”
Ornette Coleman Quotes
“To me, human existence exists on a multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional level, not just having to be identified with what you do and what you say.”
“That's what I was trying to say when we were talking about sound. I think that every person, whether they play music or don't play music, has a sound - their own sound, that thing that you're talking about.”
Ornette Coleman Quotes
“Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.”
Ornette Coleman Quotes
“You've got to realize. In the western world, regardless of what color you are, what title the music is, it's all played by the same notes.”
“I'm having this conversation with you now. I'm talking, but I'm thinking, feeling, smelling, and moving. Yet I'm concentrating on what you're saying. So that means there's more things going on in the body than just the present thing that the person's got you doing.”

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