Yogi Berra on Jazz

I thought I would post what Yogi had to say about jazz maybe better than you might get in school 🙂     Glenn 
Yogi  Berra explains jazz via Rex Allen
What is jazz now?
Interviewer: “Can you explain jazz?”
Yogi: “I can’t, but I will.  90 percent of all jazz is half-improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part, it’s right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough.  But if you play it too right, it’s wrong.”
Interviewer: “I don’t understand.”
Yogi: “Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.”
Interviewer: “Do you understand it?”
Yogi: “No. That’s why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn’t know anything about it.”
Interviewer: “Are there any great jazz players alive today?”
Yogi: “No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.”
Interviewer: “What is syncopation?”
Yogi: “That’s when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don’t hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they’re the same as something different from those other kinds.”
Interviewer: “Now I really don’t understand.”
Yogi: “I haven’t taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well.”

2 thoughts on “Yogi Berra on Jazz

  1. Grreat Yogi-isms! Made me laugh out loud! Gotta love him!

    BTW I went to catholic school with one of his sons, Larry Bera, who was the first boy who asked me to marry him! Of course, we were only in 1st grade!

    Happy New Year Glenn!

    On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM, Glenn Zottola


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