Quotes by Betty Carter
American jazz singer
Alive from: 1929-1998
Quotes 1 till 4 of 4.
After me there are no more jazz singers... It's a crime that no little singer is back there sockin' it to me in my field. To keep it going, to keep it alive, because I'm not going to live forever.
If it wasn't for [pimps, prostitutes, hustlers, gangsters, and gamblers] there wouldn't be no jazz! They supported the club owners who bought the music. It wasn't the middle-class people who said Let's go hear Charlie Parker tonight.
If you're sitting in that audience ready to fight me from the very beginning, I'm going to have a hard time getting to you. But if you've got a heart at all, I'm going to get it.
This is our culture, and I don't care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn't have confidence in himself or else he doesn't believe in what he's doing.
Subjects in these quotes:
American jazz musician and singer-songwriter 31
American jazz drummer and bandleader 19
American jazz singer, dancer, bandleader and actor 13
American jazz vocalist 13
American jazz drummer 10
American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader 9
American jazz clarinetist and bandleader 8
American jazz and pop singer and a bandleader 7