Jazz musician is a combination entertainer, poet, singer, educator, student, artist, seducer and all-round good fellow.
People don’t want to suffer. They want to sound good immediately and this is one of the biggest problems.
Jazz is like wine. When it is new it’s only for the experts, but when it gets older everybody wants it.
There’s a lot of recreational Jazz going on, where cats learn a particular style and become sharks on somebody else’s language.
I still love the whole history of Jazz. The old things sound better than ever.
Risk is at the heart of Jazz. Every note we play is a risk.
In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds.
I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of Jazz.
You have to sound sad first, then maybe later you can sound good.
In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds.
I fell in love with Jazz when I was 12 listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of Jazz in New York on the radio.
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