"To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music."
"Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world." Read more quotes by Nina Simone @ Brainyquote.com
Wikipedia: "Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), also know by her stage name Nina Simone (/ˈniːnə sɨˈmoʊn/), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
Despite having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia, Simone recorded over 40 albums, mostly between 1958 — when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue — and 1974. Read more about Nina Simone.
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