It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line.
Critics get a little carried away with what someone should have done, rather than what he did.
If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.
Playing bop’ is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing.
A goal is a dream with a finish line.
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.
There is no art without intention.
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.
By and large Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
Music is what I hear and something that I live by.
I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.
By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
Life has two rules: 1. Never quite 2. Always remember 1.
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