Miles Davis once said that, "Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
Jazz itself has now been around for a long time, a century or more. It's an art form that values tradition, and honours those who have built on its rich heritage through the years.
Though many jazz artists from the early days succumbed to the historic occupational hazards of late nights, incessant travel and substance abuse, there are also many jazz elders who continue to make music with loads of style and gusto. These artists are inspiring audiences everywhere with their music, and sometimes with their words as well.
Click on the "open gallery" link above to see some of the inspiring artists who continue to pursue their calling. And while you do that, read a little quote from each that ranges from a practical practice tip from Toots Thielemans to a thought-provoking observation from Ornette Coleman.