Well if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn’t play like Wynton.
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You don’t know what love is, until you’ve learned the meaning of the blues, until you’ve loved a love you’ve had to lose.
In Europe they look upon jazz as art. In America it’s a diversion. Somebody opens a restaurant and installs another band off to the side. People don’t listen.
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I went back and listened to the first three albums I made and tried to figure out what was special about them, why people keep going back to them. I think it was because I didn’t know what I was doing. I had no idea if they were going to play it on the radio or anything. All I did was write songs, so that’s what I got back to.
Jazz is a spectacularly accurate model of democracy and a look into our redemptive future possibilities.
Spontaneously composed music is a counterpoint that has its own rules based on a natural order and intuitive logic.
Early on, I figured out that when the top of a guitar is vibrating and a string is vibrating, you’ve got a conflict. One of them has got to stop, and it can’t be the string, because that’s making the sound. So in 1934, I asked the Larson BrothersChicago instrument makersto build me a guitar with a half-inch-thick maple top and no f-holes. They thought I was crazy.
I can’t understand guys who just have to have your autograph. What do you do when you get home, take it out and look at it?