Ahhh – those Jazz guys are just makin’ that stuff up!
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Jazz to me is a living music. It’s a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes, of the people.
You know the actor John Garfield? In one movie he walked up to this train station, the ticket booth, and the guy says, ‘Yes, where are you going?’ And he says, ‘I want a ticket to nowhere.’ I thought: that’s it. The freedom to do that. I want a ticket to nowhere.
The reason I write music is that I feel it’s a vehicle or channel which leads to your true self, your essence.
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.
You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you.
Indian music is very soulful and the only other school that develops improv to the high degree you find in Jazz.
If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue. I don’t know what that is, unless it would be some African drums or something.
It is evidently known, beyond contradiction, that New Orleans is the cradle of Jazz and I, myself, happened to be the creator in the year 1902.
There’s a sadness to all kinds of music if you want to hear it. There’s also happiness to it if you want to hear it.
I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.