Playing is my way of thinking, talking, communicating.
Black and white players hadn’t appeared together in public before Teddy Wilson and I began working with B.G.
Working with Benny was important for me and for black musicians in general.
I worked hard learning harmony and theory when I was growing up in Chicago in the 1920s.
Playing gives me as much good feeling now as it did when I was a bitty kid.
Music was our wife, and we loved her. And we stayed with her, and we clothed her, and we put diamond rings on her hands.
Music was our wife and we loved her. We stayed with her, clothed her and put diamond rings on her hands.
Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.
Every day I look forward to getting with my instruments, trying new things.
The secret is keeping busy, and loving what you do.
Man, as long as people want to hear Jazz, I’ll give it to them.
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.
I think I love it more as I get older because I keep getting better on drums, vibes and piano.
It’s always Jazz. You can put a new dress on her, a new hat, but no matter what kind of clothes she’s the same old broad.
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